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FOURTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
Jesuit Schools. They have a kind of meeting-room, a shochet and rabbi, but no effort is made to give instruction. I venture to suggest that the Alliance and Anglo-Jewish Association should institute some further inquiries. The town being semi-European, attracts many Russian and Roumanian Jews and Jewesses, who ply a trade with passengers to and from China, India, and Australia. This should not be neglected if at all possible.
Jaffa.—Jaffa was reached on April 26th, and I at once, in company with Dr. Adler, visited the Mikveh Israel or Agricultural School. The director, Monsieur Hirsch, happened to be absent at Aleppo, but we were received by the sub-director, M. Haim.
The whole neighbourhood of Jaffa is most charming, full of the choicest exotics, whilst palms, citrons, and oranges luxuriate everywhere. The vines are in splendid condition. Everything seems to flower there in profusion, even wild roses and poppies in the corn fields, whilst the fig takes the place of our bushes and thickets. There are some charming properties about Jaffa.
As far as a model farm and beautifully-cultivated garden is concerned, the Mikveh Israel holds its own with any institution of its kind, I would almost say in Europe, and is a perpetual monument of the efforts of the late Mons. Netter.
There are 240 hectares, mostly under cultivation. They produced excellent wine, which, I am informed, is sold at a good profit. They have oranges, lemons, and various other fruit trees, besides cereals. The technical instructor, M. Klotz, an Alsatian, told me that there is considerable promise for the estate. There are now thirty-five pupils in the school, one of whom is a Moslem. They have a carpenter's shop, where three boys are at constant work. They have thirty cows—-ten giving a full supply of milk; they have eight calves, two horses and ten mules to assist the agricultural operations, and a good supply of water and a complete system of irrigation.
Everything in the establishment is thoroughly well kept. We were shown through the dormitories, and found twelve slept in each room, but the chambers were tolerably large.
Jerusalem.—I arrived at Jerusalem on the night of the 27th April. The first thing that strikes the visitor is the fact that, whether for good or evil, Jerusalem is a Jewish city. The Jewish population has so steadily increased as to tower head and shoulders above all others ; this can best be noticed on a Sabbath, when almost all the streets and bazaars are silent. The native-born Jewish population are in physique superior to
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