The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, September 25, 1903, Image 5
& & i f IZ" f m -1 rn5 '' AROUND THE WORLD A Trip Through Palestine Visit to the Traditional Tomb of Dorcus and to Mouse of Simon the Tanner. "ir'fiir niT'iiiiiitmnfii Jbrusalbm, I'ALHSTis'n, Match 1003. After tin intensely interesting sojourn in the upper Nile country among the typical Egyptians, forsaken bedouins and sable Nubians. I hastened north ward many a weary, dusty, superheat ed mile to the more civilized but not J less interesting region of the sphynx and the pyramids. Devoting another day to fixing in my mind the scenes in and about Cairo, I retraced tny steps via Ismala to Port Said, where passage was taken for Beirut, Svria, on the steamship Equateur ot the French mail line, known as the Messogeries Maritinnc's Steam Navigation Co. My destination was Jerusalem via Jaffa, but the designing sultan of Turkey is sued an order that all passengers for Palestine should proceed to Beirut for examination before entering the prom ised land. Hence we were not permit ted to land at Jaffa, though the waters of that dangerous harbor were smooth as a floor. Hoisting anchor the , good ship sped away up the coast past Mount Cartnel and at five o'clock next morning we awakened to find her tug ging at her anchor in the harbor at Beirut. The officials of his long-nosed, many-wived majesty came aboard to give us the searching examination for which we had traveled all-night and had paid for the round trip two pounds .sterling each, but no examination was in evidence and the only demand made was that each passenger pay one franc (twenty cents). We were .then per mitted to land. On reaching shore our passports were examined, a charge of one franc being made for permitting the sacred eyes of a Turk to fall upon our state papers. A visaed passport is not sufficient here. One must have a tezkereh or local passoit in order to travel inland. Knowing this was re quired, I secured mine at Cairo through the recommendation of our consul gen eral. At the consulate I was request ed to have Thomas Cook & Son or some other tourist agency secure the paper for me as I could not handle such a gobbler language. But having made the tour thus far without the aid or co-operation of any foreign power, I decided to face the Turkish legation alone and not run or surrender till my last cannon was spiked. I informed the hotel clerks what' I proposed to do single-handed and they desired to send their interpreter along whose charge was four shillings. I stated that I did not want help even if it were Jree, as I was out for experience. Then only .two shillings were asked, whereupon I set out alone, found the headquarters of the Turkish government, and entered one office of more than fifty in the building and began to make known my mission. After a pantomime covering several minutes I was conducted from -office to office, up stairs and down, in and out of strange places, until I had gone thrice about the building, and se cured the necessary tezkereh at an ex pense of only sixty-five cents whereas tourist agents had asked me $1 besides their messenger lees for securing the same article, and besides they would deprive me of the enviable experience of rubbing up against those women dressed men myself. After spending two days in Beirut the steamer was ready to return to Jaffa per schedule. In order to em bark at Beirut for Jaffa I had to take this tezkereh to the city officials, have an endorsement made of the fact that I was leaving for Jaffa and pay an oxtra franc. Such is the diplomacy of the indomitable Turk. I understand that the sultan de mands an annual tribute from the gov ernor of Boirut as well as from all the governors, and they must raise this money in any way they can by using fair or foul moans. . Being taught by his sultanic majesty thsy prove" to bo veritable chips from the old block in inordinate extortion. For years the terminus of the Dam ascus railroad has been at a point a considerable distance from -the Beirut harbor. The company secured a per mit to extend the road to the harbor. When the work was completed the company was ordered not to run any trains on the new track until a bonus of five hundred pounds sterling should lie paid to the sultan. This the com pany refused to do and the road re mained uuuscd until the sultan, or satan ot the east, gave up the struggle and telegraphed his consent to the use of the road. I am informed that the governor held this message for a week after its receipt thinking the company might back down from its position and the backsheesh demanded. The com pany, knowing that the message had arrived, held out faithfully till'the rep resentative of the sultan was outdone. The road was opoued the fust day I spent in Beirut. All the people who could do so left thoir homes and shops to witness the festivities attending this notowotthy event. The streets about the harbor wore thronged with a motley crowd dressed in all the colors of the rainbow. Banners were flying, horses were prancing, bands were playing, fezes, sashes, loose, baggy pantaloons and the serpentine nargilchs lent Turk ish and Arabian dignity to the event while the snow-capped Lebanons re minded me of the land I love best. But let us hasten to the south. All night long the engine's thud and the sound of the twilling screws drove sleep into hiding. The engineer, obey ing orders, gave the engine a few extra revolutions per minute so that we might arrive in Jaffa and lan'd before the train should depart for Jerusalem. In due time Jaffa was sighted. The ship soon dropped anchor in front of the historic city and here we are. What memories crowd upon one as re corded history swings into line and paints the past in living letters. This is the Jaffa to which Hiram, king of Tyre, sent the cedar wood to be used in the building of Solomon's temple. Where the ship lies a flotilla of cedar once lay -waiting to be tranportcd to Jerusalem for the building of the most magnificent edifice ever constructed by man, its plan being a product of the eternal God. From this very port Jonah sailed away on that tempestuous voyage the details of which are set forth in Jonah, chapters 1 to 14. When the great temple was rebuilt b Zer ubbabel the timbers wcie brought "from Lebanon to the sea of Jappa." Ezra 3:7. Herod the Great once took Jaffa and Josephus states that 80,000 people were slain here by Ccstius 111 the Jewish war. Pirates rebuilt the city and Vespasian destroyed it. Napoleon took Jaffa, slew 4,000 Albanians and when forced to evacuate the city, had 500 of his sick soldiers poisoned so they would not fall into the hands of his enemy and be tortured. Of all events connected witli Jaffa none surpass that recorded in acts 9: 36-43. Here it was that Dorcas lived who was full of good works and alms deeds which ho did." When visiting the traditional tomb of Dorcus, I could picture the scene that once was the topic of the city. Darcas, or Tobitha as she was some times called, had died. Doubtles everyone knew her because of the good she had done. "And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Jappa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, de siring him that he should not delay to come to them." He came, "kneeled down and prayed; and turning to the body said, 'Tabitha, arise?' And she opened her eyes; and when she- saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, pre sented her alive. And it was known throughout all Jappa; and many be lieved on the Lord. And it came to pass that he tarried many days with one Simon a tanner." I .visited the traditional house of Simon the tanner and climbed upon its roof. I longed to linger about it, for here Peter had the heavenly vision re corded in acts 10: 0-48. Speaking of this site, Dean Stanley said: "The rude staircase to the roof of the mod ern house, flat now as of old, leads us to the view which gives all that is need ed for the accompaniments of the hour. There is the wide noonday heaven above; in front is the long, bright sweop of the Mediterranean sea, its near waves broken by the reefs famous in ancient Gentile logands as the rocks of Andromeda. Fishermen are stand ing and wading amongst thorn such as might have boon there of old recalling to the apostle his long-forgotten nots by the lake of Gennesareth, the first promise of hit; future jail to be a fisher of men." Jaffa is a city of about 30,000, is built mostly of stone with tiled' roofs. The city walls wore taken down by order of the sultan. But the unex pected should always be expected when dealing with Constantinople. For in stance, when an Englishcompany pro posed to spend a few million dollars in giving to Jaffa safe harbor an order preventing it v, as issued, whereas any progressive government would have strained every muscle in an attempt to assist the undertaking by granting a subsidy of cold cash. It is now undfficially announced that England regrets having interfered when Russia was about to carve Turkey and swallow her feathers and all. Jaffa is known the world over for its large oranges. They arc, not only large but cheap also. A basket con taining hioro than half a peck can be purchased for n sftponse. Besides visiting the tomb of Dorcus and the house of Simon, itoaily ever) visitor intcieeted in education visits the school of Miss Aruott, who is building for harsolf an imperishable monument and doing untold good. The hotol at Jaffa bears the in scription on its front, "Hotel Jerusal em" and is operated by Mr. Hardugg, who also acts as American vice consul. The train leaves Jaffa at 1.20 p. 111. for Jerusalem, the holy city, revered by Moslem, French, Greek, Russian, Roman, German, and tho English, in short it is the holy city of all tho great powers of earth. The distance from Jaffa to Jerusalem as the crow flics is about 35, by road 40, and by rail 53 miles. Leaving Jaffa one is hnpi eased that he is really in a land flowing with milk and honey. Fruit gardens greet the eye as one looks in cither direction from the train. Lemons and oranges clinging to tho limbs in almost endless profusion indi cate that this old land still produces abundantly. Passing from the gardens the plain of Sharon welcomes the pil grim to its carpet oHlowers. Here the flowering narcissus flourishes to the dolight of every beholder. At each station the passengers utilize every spare moment in gathering flower of a variety of colors, 1 pluming quickly to the cart, when the whistle from an Ameiican locomotive signals the time for staitin);. How do I know it was an American locomotive? I walked to the front of the train to see the brand and am quite sure that "Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, U. S. A." is a sufficient guaiantee of American construction. I was agree ably surptised to see the same stamp on the front of our iron horse when 700 miles and moie up the Nile. Eleven miles from Jaffa is -Lydda, one of the ancient cities of Palestine. The Benjaiuinitcs occupied it after the captivity. In acts 0: 32-35 it is re corded that "it came to pass, as Peert passed throughout all quarters, he came down to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a cer tain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ makclh thee whole; arise, and make thy bed.' And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him and turned to the Lord." What mighty events these! Greater than the build ing of a pyramid, a Taj Mahal or a sphynix. Historic sites! Immortal spot! A fine church dedicated to St. George, but now in possession of the Greeks, can be seen a considerable distance. A chinch wos erected on the same spot by Justinian, but it was destroyed by the Saracens. Three miles from Lydda is Ramlch, a flourishing little city of G.soo people, having, as most other Palestine cities, its quota of Bible associations. Passing Ramleh a good view of the Valley of Ajalon is obtained. Here Joshua routed the five kings of the Amorites by calling to his aid the Grand Master Workman of the universe who at Joshua's request held the sun and moon, prolonged the day thereby, until victory was complete. "Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou, moon, in the Valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed until the peoplo had avenged themselves upon their enemies." Joshua 10: iu- 13- The dragoman points 'out Gezer or rather what is left of its ruins. In 1 Kings 0: 16, we are told that "Pharoah, king of Egypt, had gone up and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canoauitcs that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife." What use Solomon's wife would mako of a ruined city I cannot conjecture. However, my inability to deciphor the use of the gift does not destroy the fact of the gift having been made. In India I was presented a cane for which I thought I would have no use, but it has proven to be priceless in driving awav backsheesh icsts. Among the more important points pointed out is the brook ftom which David secured the pobbles used in his sling; the birthplace and tomb of Samson and the place where Noah re ceived the angel. At a point five miles from Jerusalem is Bittir station, where the Jews made their last hard fight against the Romans. The Talmud asserts that the blood of the Jews slain bete reached to the hi easts of tho horsos and flowed to the sea. I am of the opinion that the brook which then coursed through the valley was only crimsoned from many wounded horses and soldiers bathing in it. At Chicam anga the government has caused an iron plate to be set up bearing tho words, ' Bloody Pond." Because the water was made crimson one is not justified in asserting that a horse led into it was breast-deep in blood. E. C. Horn. (Continued next week.) NEORASKA NEWS ITEMS. The Sidney Tolegraph loams from Lincoln sources that a case of much importance to be tried at tho present term of the supreme coutt is the Scotts UI11 ff county iirigation controxeisy in which three irrigation concerns are in volved. Tho case involves the legality of priority in water tights, a point which it has long been desited the suptemo court might rule upon. The decision of the court in this matter will sorve as a precedent from which the scctctary of the state board of trriga Hon will lender future decisions and rulings in water controversies and will save much other litigation that might come up wore it not for the case. The irrigation sections of Nebraska arc watching the progress of tho legal bat tle closely and with the deepest intciest. G. II. Tuttle of Broken Bow some mouths ago, while eating corn bread, swallowed a piece of a belt pin neatly an inch iu length. The pin stuck iu his throat and ever since that time it has caused him great pain. Some weeks ngo it worked through his neck and the point protruded, but it was so close to tho jugular vein that 1110110010111 thought it dangerous to attempt an operation. It recently woiked down lower in the vicinity of his shoulder and was then extracted with little dflkulty. Is there a meat trust in Columbus inquiips the Telegram? A restaurant keeper of that place believes ho has found one. He has been in the habit of buying large quantities of meal from tho Omaha nnd Lincoln packers, but now he has been informed that they will not sell him a pound or a ca: loud of meat unless he oiders it through one of the Columbus butchers. And now tho wrathy cateier has begun legal proceedings against the meat octopus. The local wiitei of the Gordon (Neb.) Journal breaks foith with the poetical effusion: "Sing a' song of dollars, sacks full of spuds; sheep in tho hollers, cows a chewin' cuds. The wheats in the bin, and fodder's in tho shocks, and the way that things are coniiu' we ought to get tho rocks. And when our debts arc paid, and the coal is in the shed, we'll be feelin' might)' happy as we lay us down in bed." Many of the irrigation ditches of the state are reported dry just now, when water is most needed for fall irrigation. The Platte river wasguaged at Ashland on August 31, showing 40,000 cubic feet of flow per second. Now the river is practically dry at Grand Island, the flow being but a few hundred feet per second. At Big Springs, Deuel county, the South Platte has been little more than a iivulet all summer. A dispatch from Neligh states that Elmer Holmes, Luke Alexander, Oscar Price and Clem Milligan, four Oakdale boys, have been arrested and placed in the Neligh jail on a charge of attempted train wrecking. Obstructions are said to have been placed on the Northwest ern track, and wlfcn discovered by Foreman Davis, the lads are said to have stood him off with a gun and made their escape. Within a few feet of the public road, but screened from general view by the foliage, the dead body of William Siet- tnyer, a fanner 50 years of agc, was found swing by a small cord from the limb of a tree on the farm of C. M. Wittstrick twelve miles south of Lincolh. Sietmyer had evidently climbed to the forks of the tree and then jumped off. The Sidney Telegraph is requested to ask why the people of Sidney are compelled to pay $7.75 per ton tor Rock Springs soft coal while the same necessary article is advertised and sold for S6.65 in Omaha. Sidney is 414 miles closer to the mines yet Sidney people have to pay Si. 10 per ton more than the residents of Omaha. A horse and buggy belonging to a Mr. Frey, who resides at 'Virginia, Gage county, was stolen at Beattico Saturday night, while hitched near the circus grounds. The horso and rig was valued at S200. The edict has gone forth at Norfolk that all slot machines must go. Tues day is the day set for the time-limit and those found operating them after that day are liable to at rest. Anton Skoda of Shoridan county has made a success of raising a fine quality of winter applos and crab applos this year, thus proving Sheridan adaptness for fruit growing. Nineteen "high grade" buck Indians were shipped from Rushville last week to Madison Square gardons, New York, whore they will join Col. Cummins' Indian Congress. The Northwestern has completed its new coal chutes at Norfolk, The road is expending $200,000 more in various improvements there this year. The creamery company at York is in creasing the size of its plant and install ing considerable modern machinery. irr 11 3V SVwev Leave your order at tny residence, first door north of tho l P. church or 'phone No. 224. Machines sold on easy payments or we will rout thom by irook or month. Prompt attention given all orders. I T PV A N AKMl for tl10 Singer Mfg. 60. J. I. Lr,rnt Alliance, Nebraska. JOE THORNTON, 0:23:1 geoc :e:e3 ,eacls in aAaMuuiKttfuiviiatioeii'-y o n 1. ,..:.,.- ,.f i fohr o i hi: jjicii..iii vii n .. dollars monthly in tho o 9 6 t r A Rfic ... AL.LlinLi ... ft o National Bank o will soon enable you to S buy a comfortable home. e o l V. M. liNtnur, Prciliti'M .... O W. II. CoiuilN, V. I'ri-Milunl v o C. II. (.lONNirr.t'iitlilu. er&s .taA.ASA.,nA!j tm, . y Ztrt-jf-: yrreTTBTrrr.rrrTyrra'yrr4 W. A. Hampton, President A. S. Rkkd, Vice President V rv i l 7 . Jfc -""3?C" Mr"- v fiWitny4n"TBBBiffiffi'wCTWr V '422C First National Bank, ALLIANCE. NEBRASKA. 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