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APPENDIX E.—MR. B. L. BENAS'S TRAVELS.
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In Europe it has been generally my experience to notice that in all Jewish Schools the girls show a greater aptitude even than the boys. In Cairo, on the other hand—whilst the boys leap almost at a bound in Europeanisrn—the female pupils seem markedly Oriental, and do not seem to have the sharpness of their brothers. They seem slower in their mental efforts, and even in their dress are not quite as tidy as the boys. They showed some admirable specimens of needlework, but I thought their copybooks and reading not quite what might have been anticipated. Signor Cattaui mentioned to me that the building the girls occupied was only temporary, pending the reconstruction of another ; this may have something to do with the want of go that I thought was evinced. Ophthalmia, the local malady of Egypt, seems to affect the girls more seriously than the boys, and quite a number of the female pupils wore bandages across their eyes, and in some cases had lost the use of one of the organs of sight. The Boys' School in Cairo is really good with fair all-round teaching. The staff consists of three Rabbis, three European professors, and one Arabic teacher. Dr. Adler and I took boys at hap-hazard, and they seemed all to answer fairly well, without any hesitation. There was rather an absence of exceptionally brilliant boys, but, on the othe^ hand, that which seems infinitely more satisfactory, was the general average of good intelligent replies.
I feel sure that the appreciation of the Anglo-Jewish Association and the educational efforts of the Cairene Jews will only lead them to continued efforts towards further progress and efficiency.
They have a small hospital at Cairo for Jews, supported by the contributions of the few leading families. There were four patients, whom both Dr. Adler and I visited ; they were suffering from intermittent fever and ague. The hospital is small but tidy and well kept, and there is a neatly appointed dispensary attached. I venture to hope that Cairo will be able, by its own unaided efforts, to secure all that is required for the educational regeneration of the poor. There pervades in that .city a laudable local pride which makes them feel that they prefer to work out their own destinies.
Port Said.-—At Port Said there is some considerable Jewish population, and as the town is of growing importance, being on the Mediterranean side of the Suez Canal, the number is likely to increase. I had to call upon an ironmonger in Port Said to effect some trifling repair, and found he was an Austro-Polish Jew; he told me that owing to no provision being made for Jewish education he was obliged to send his children to the
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