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FRANK G CARPENTER'S LETTER. ,
A TALK WITH THEIR HIGH PRIEST, WHO CLAIMS
TO BE DIRECTLLY DESCENDED FROM
AARON, THE PROPHET.
Visit to the Synagogue at Shechem and a Look at Its
Manuscript Bible Over 3000 Years Old An Unsat
isfied American at Jacob's Well On the Road
to G-alilee Queer Features of Travel and
Traffic Where Abraham Farmed,
and Where Salome Danced
-for John the Baptist's
(Copj'right, 1910, by Frank G. Carpenter.)
NABLOUS, Palestine, Dec IS.
have just had an Interview -with
a lineal descendant of Aaron, the
brother of Moses. I refer to Jacob the
hiKh priest of the Samaritans. He be-
-in o fh. trihe of Levi, wno i
with brush and earth. The people con
tinue to pray as it cooks, and keep on
praying until the sunset approaches.
At ten minutes after sunset they begin
to "eat the meat, throwing the bones
into the fire without breaking them.
In my talk with the high priest he
ions .u cu w -- - - . thc in my talk with the nign priest ne
ancient times were at the k are tn contended that the Samaritans were the
.pnc.i..w., - - v.c. rrnm oniy true Israelites, ana spoKe ox ine
genealogical tree Jf Mch "aches from Samuel as a sorcerer. He paid
i,.ii',mfii -now. His family has uvea,
then Until HOW. X11J i.""J - "., ' ,,. menoc tr th Towc In nn mpaenred
Here for more than 3000 years ana mgn & bQok fae ftad
priest has succeeded high pri es tunm . written concerning. the reiigion of the
this man took tne posiuou "" "h , Samaritans, and at the close was by no
means averse to a present of silver for
which he thanked me in a dignified
way. After I returned to my camp,
which is on the outside of Nablous,
some of his followers brought me ,his
photograph, and a model of the five
books of Moses which they offered to
The' Samaritans are ex
ceedingly poor and are despised by both
Moslems and Jews.
At Jacob's Well.
It was at Jacob's well, not far from
hours every day.
Some of the priests went with us
n ohllrHess uncle, tne nig"
priest, having died. That was 6
years ago, and Jacob has been high
priest ever since. He is now almost
SO. and he looks, I imagine, as Aaron
or Moses may have looked in the latter
,-, n thPir lives. Over six feet in
,-,.,. -u t to oTid form of a' "
noB? UBr,..- I"" rf.ii. flown sell for a song.
propnet. xiis iu"b ""'" - ' .,
upon his chest and his scholarly face is
refined and spiritual looking.
ti,. nMt of Bible 3Ianuscripts.
.c - - -- --.. 1,1 ,,,.. n-r, TlA I -It WaS at jaCOUSs Weil, UUL JLdl liUUi
T -met Jacob here at Isablous, on tne nticf - .a camo-r;.
site of old Shechem. within .a stone a woman and toW ner Qf the water
throw of the well where Christ giea , wnichf lf one drinketh, he shall
with the Samaritan yoman " r ! never tnIrstf hut there "shall be in him
far from a farm which Abraham owned watgr - j . u into ever.
and about on the SP? J s lasting life." You will find the story
gathered the tribes of Israel together fQurth chapter of st JohlL ThJs
and read them the law -of oses- well s one Df the holy sites of Pales-
Our conversation took place , in the tl bout hIch there can be n0
heart of the city in the Xfu h doubt. The village of Sychar corre
the Lamaritans. I had to go thrown i g g tf the vm of which
vaulted passageways and cayellke Ebal perhaps a
streets to reach it. I hd an inter thousand feet away from the -p.
preter with me. and as talked to l Samaritan woman lived. The
gether the high priest soweLmJfn ! j well itself lies just below the new car
original parchments of the five books e rQad f Jerusalenu j went
of Moses as they were written by Abou 1 h an oUve Qrchard to reach lt
the son of Ben Hassan, the son It is surrounded by a wall, and is in
Eleazar, who. you remember, was ; one heart Qf & garden now owned fey
of the two sons of Aaron by EbsMj, Greek churcn which nas made It
his wife. The-.high priest tells me that a resti lace for pllgrims. They
these five manuscripts ?Jei """"! have built a stone chapel over the well
only 12 ars after the Israelites ; and serv-ces are held tnere aevera
came Into tne iory ijana, auu uwi. j
are now 3575 years old. They are the
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oldest BlDie manuscript " Jr" ' down the steps to the welL It lies
They are written in the Hebrew of the t tfae floor q the chapel It ,g
times of Moses, upon long sheets o aboufc three fget Jn diameter built up
v parchment about two feet in ". Jth gtones -hich are laid in the shape
The serous are rouea uPOu x. bein smoothly cuL Qne of
boob-Hnnea witn a silver knob as big , ' ., .u,- ,c
s a teacup, and they are so ganged Ued to & rope in such & way tnat Jt
that tney caa ue V - f,,, oTtT 1 remained level. Upon this he placed a
as they are read The ink is i still plain , ed and then glowl lowered
and the letters distinct, although the, Jt dowQ .ntQ the weH Ifc descended
parchment is yellow with age. Tne h 6Q f before it came to tbe
manuscript is treasured by the Samarl-. The am th(j weU ig Qf
tans, being kept in a brass case mla d . th marks of th
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witn goia. it is saiu iu ua. - o
up about 300 years ago, and it has
formed a subject of controversy among
oriental scholars. The Samaritans be
lieve that it was written by the grand
son of Aaron, as the high priest here
claims; but the Jews reject It as false,
denouncing the Samaritans as pagan
outcasts from the children of IsreaL
Tke SHiasrltaKS of 1010.
I was surprised fo find, that there
were any Samaritans living. I supposed
that they had been "swallowed up by
the Mohammedans, and other Syrians
who have absorbed everything In Pala
tine excepting the Jews. I find, how
ever, that there are about 200 in Nab
lous, and that they practice the same
religion as they had when Christ came.
They annually celebrate the feasts of
the Passover and t Pentecost on Mount
Gerizim. These feasts are different
from those of the latter-day Jews. At
the time of Christ the Feast of the
Passover was eaten reclining and as
though at the end of a journey rather
than at the beginning.
The Samaritans eat their Passover
with their shoes bound upon their feet
and staves in their hands as though
ready to start out on their wanderings
In the wilderness. They do this on the
top of the mountain, camping in tents.
They smear the blood of the sacrifice
upon the tents to commemorate the
passage of the angel of death over the
houses of Israel. They dress in white
garments, and they kill the animals
-which are burnt according to the
methods which were in use when Aaron
lived. The sacrifice consists of buck
lambs, each of which is carefully ex
amined that it may be without wound
or blemish. At a given signal the
throats of the lambs are cut, and at
the same time some of the blood is
caught in a tin cup and smeared over
the tent. As the blood flows the people
shout out the words "There Is but one
God," and they shout -this sentence
again and t again. At the same" time
there Is a.' service, beginning with a
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ropes which for ages have been low
ered into it.. The sill is some distance
above the floor, and. it may have been
the original stone upon which Christ
sat at that weary hour of noon.
Jacob's well has been known and
visited by pilgrims for many years. 11
was probably once even with the sur
face of the earth, ut the debris and
earth-washings from the mountains
nearby have filled up the valley, and
it Is now considerably blow the coun
try about. Within the past year ex
cavations have been made in the gar
den, and the remains of a church
which was built over the well some
1500 years ago have been discovered.
I found immense granite columns and
also many pieces of the stone walls
of the church. I persuaded the Greek
priest who lowered the pie pan with
the candle upon it into the well to
come into the sun. and be photographed.
The Unsatisfied American.
"While I was at the well a party of
travelers, conducted by one of the
great tourist agencies, arrived. They
were Americans, doing the Holy Land
at so much per day. and they were
bound to get the worth of their money.
One I shall never forget. His gigantic
frame was such that I shall call him
Goliath. When the party went down
to the well the services in the chapel
had just begun, and after pointing out
the hole in the floor" the guide brought
them out. As they came into the
churchj-ard I beard Goliath remark.
"I ain't satisfied."
"About what?" said the guide.
"I ain't satisfied about that, well.
How do I know there's a well there?"
"Tou saw it," said the guide.
"Naw, I saw only a hole in the floor.
How do I know there's a well? How
do I know it has water? I tell you I
ain't satisfied. Here I've come 5000
miles to see Jacob's well, and how can
I prove that I've saw It"
In short the man so protested that
the guide took him back, stopped the
service and had them let down the
hymn praising Abraham, Isaac and J candle. Further than that he brought
Jacob, and followed by a prayer of ,
The meat for the sacrifice is. cooked
over a fire in the earth. As soon as the
animals are killed they are scalded and
the wool is pulled off. The entrails are
Temoved and salted. Tnen a pole is .crawl down them no one, not
thrust through each lamb, and It Is John the Baptist, could do so.
laid on the hot coals of a fire made in Over tke Hills From Jerusalem.
a trench. The meat is then covered it took me just one day to come
up some of the water which Goliath
drank at a gulp. This hugh doubting
Thomas would not believe in the spot
where our Lord was baptized in the
Jordan, saying that the banks were
too steep, and that If he couldn't
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from Jerusalem to Shechem. My out- j
1 fit was a three-horse team to which
an American dayton wagon was har
nessed. The horses were good, and
we drove up hill and down on the trot
We started at Jaffa gate, past the
place of the Skull, where Gen. Gordon
thought the Savior was crucified, and
then crossed the valley of Kedron. We
climbed Mount Scopus, which joins
Olivet, and rode under the hill on
' whose top was Mizpah, where Samuel
j was buried and Saul annointed king
' of the Jews. There is a mosque on
that spot and the place is holy to
Jews, Christians and Moslems, alike, all
, of whom worship at Samuel's tomb.
Mizpah lies on a peak about 3000 feet
above the Mediterranean, and on one. of
the highest of the Jndean mountains -I
It is where an army of crusaders stood
; under Richard the I-ion-Hearted and
1 got their first sight of Jerusalem. As ,
they looked king Kichard knelt down .
and thus played: j
"O Lord God, I prav Thee that T
never may again see Thy Holy City if j
I may not recover it from the hands
of Thy enemies." j
That prayer was uztered soven cen-
turies ago. Jerusalem was then owned j
by the Mohammedans, and it is held by
them still. - j
On the Road o Galilee.
The road which we. took to Samaria
svas the one over -which the boy Christ '
and the holy family came wh-jn the-y
traveled up to Jerusalem to celebrate
the Passover. It is one pf the high
ways of the Holy Land, and is still
traveled by thousands. About 10 mucs
beyond Mount Scopus we stoppel at
Beeroth, a stone village surrounded by
green orchards of figs and pomegran
ates. This is one day's journey from
Jerusalem, and tradition says it is
where Joseph and Mary, as they were
returning to Nazareth, discovered their
12 year old boy was not with them and
they went back and found Him teach- .
ing the -wise men in the temple. ;
A little farther on we came to
Bethel, where the Benjamites lived,
where Abraham reared an altar and
called on the name of the Lord, and
where Jacob took stones for his pil- ,
lows and dreamed that he saw the
ladder extending to heaven and the
angels ascending and descending there
on. The name Bethel, which means
the house of God, has now been
changed to Beitin. It is a poor stone
village of about 500 people, with a
ruined tower and a church.
Shiloh, which lies just off the road a
little farther on toward Samaria, is now
called Seilun, and, as Jeremiah prophe
sied, it is nothing but ruins. Where it
stood is a mound covered with debris,
broken columns and rubbish, so that
the prophecy, "I will make this city a
curse to all the nations of the earth,"
has come true.
Nevertheless Shiloh is one of the
most interesting spots of the country.
It was there Eli dwelt and ther6 Han
nah came every year with a new coat
for her little son Samuel, whom she
had given up to the Lord. It was
there that Joshua divided the land; and
there the Philistines stole the Ark of
Travel In the Holy Land.
I am surprised at the caravans which
are continually crossing these Pales
tine mountains. There seems to be a
great trade north and south, and the
roads are full of strange characters.
On my way here I saw crowds of men
and women on donkeys coming up to
Jerusalem. Some were from Galilee,
others from Damascus and not a few
from the mountains of Lebanon. One
' crowd told us that its people were Mo
hammedans, and that they were mak
j ing a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the
tomb of Moses. There were many
women among them. They sat astride
upon donkeys, some carrying babes in
We passed many camels. Some were
loaded with white 'building stones
slung in a network of rope on each
side their humps. They were taking
them to Jerusalem. Others were rid
den by women and men. I saw one
which had two veiled women clad all
in black on its back, with two boxes
below them, each box holding a baby.
Another party was composed of Sa
maritan women on their way to a Mos
lem festival. They were red-haired and
as straight as royal trees. They car
ried their baggage in bundles on top
of their heads and walked single file.
Behind them were women from Leban
on walking barefooted and singing in
Arabic. They were tattooed on lips,
chin and cheeks, and their heads were'
frowsy and dusty. They wore nothing
on the heacl and their bodies were clad
in long cotton gowns embroidered with
red. Only a few were good looking
and all seemed prematurely old.
In Oll Sliechcm.
I am now living in my tents outside
this old town of Sechem, my camp
facing Mount Ebal and above me Ger
izim, the holy hill of the Samaritans.
It is very near the spot where the laws
of Moses were read by Joshua to the
assembled children of Israel, the coun
try being the shape of a great amphi
theater of Thich the hills form tin
walls. These hills are, it" is said, a .
natural sounding board, so that one
can talk on one mountain and be heard i
on the other, and for this reason the j
place was chosen for reading the laws.
The town is one of the oldest in his
tory. It was founded long before Jeru
salem and before Jacob's time. It is
within about six miles of the city of
Samaria, where Ahab had his ivory
palace and where Herod the Great
owned a royal mansion and entertain
ed, so it Is said, his lords at his birth
day party, while his stepdaughter Sa
lome came in and danced. You remem
ber the story. Her dancing, which I
doubt not was that of the nautch girl.
so delighted king Herod that he told
her she should have whatever she ask
ed, even to the half of his kingdom.
She thereupon, as her mother suggest
ed, demanded the haad of John the
Baptist, who was lying in prison near
by, and this bloody gift was brought 1
in on a great plate or charger.
The old town of Samaria has long
since fallen to ruin. Its site is a
mound with some broken pillars and
other debris lying near it and an olive
oi chard not far away in which more
of the columns are still to be seen.
As to Schehem, or Xablous, it thrives
and is one of the liveliest towns in the
Holy Land. It is the chief commercial
center between Damascus and Jerusa- t
lem and Is populated almost altogeth
er by Mohammedans. There are some
Jewish merchants, but neither Jews
nor Christians are welcomed. I have
been told to watch out as I go through
the streets, and to take care not to
provoke anyone. Several times the
boys have thrown stones at our party,
and men spit as we pass them. People
yell out "Nazarenes" at us, and my
guide refuses to let me photograph J
them, saying it will surely get us in
trouble. The city is o fanatical that
even the Christian women go about
with veils over their faces. The Eng
lish nurse, who Is working here in the
Charity hospital, is veiled like a Mo
hammedan when she goes out on the
street. Otherwise she would create
comment, and her reputation and work
might be ruined.
Nablous has about 30,000 people, and
it is the center of a considerable trade.
It is made up of stone houses and stone
bazaars, roofed with galvanized iron.
Many of the houses are built over the
streets, and going through the town
is like going through catacombs. Some
of the streets are ,so narrow that you
can stand in the middle and reach both
walls with your hands. Others are
wide, but all arr- dirty and filthy.
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promoting firm of which Graham Rice
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all in the papers in the case wnicnare
in the hands of her attorney, Herman
L. Roth. Miss Goodrich returned to
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-week for the past 25 years. She is my
"No divorce suit has been started by
my wife. If there is any trouble, jt has
been made by a false friend."
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todayv when asked to comment on the
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his friends in joy over the institution
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"So far as I know," he declared,
"there is no separation. Certainly the
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gun is unfounded. If I were the bad
man I have been painted she would not
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has always stood by me and trusts in
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ThiSi person has been a pensioner of
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I havp had three failures in my life
John Srew had twelve."
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Best, of Arlington, Co:o., tnrough J. C.
Gatti of this city, purchased 40,000
head of cattle from the Boyle Bros. He
is shipping the cattle from here to
Colorado. Mr. McBest also purchased a
ranch in the -northern part of the
county and expects to make Arizona
his home for a portion of the time.
THREE INCH SNO1
.barmlngton, N. M.. Dec. 31. Dur-j
ing the past 4S hours about thret
inches of snow has fallen, with mer
cury below freezing most of -he time.
Edwin, the grown son of Frank Allen
proprietor of the Grand hotel, who wa:
thrown from a vicious horse and se
verely injured about the head, is im
The "Black Knight play will be pul
on at the opera house by local talenj
from the high school tonight.
The Masons of Farmington havl
elected the following officers: A.
Skelton, W. M.; Chas. C. Mumma, S. W.'
F. H. Telkamp, J. W.; F. M. Pierce
treasurer; R. P. Hopkins, secretary!
H. E. Myers, tyler. The officers ai
pointed were: John J. Graham, S. D.
A. a Hubbard, J. D.; C. Ml Hubbart
S. S.; M. a Picken, J. S.; R. TJ. WaldraJ
ven, chaplain. A. I. Davis, W.
Smith and J. C. Strawn, auditing com
Among recent additions to Farming
ton's population are J. H- Manes, ex-
county judge and banker of Dumz
T.e:c, and. hi fawilsr. L. 3. Smith anc
ramfly of CIovls, N, 3arr"ainr-
Willard Belknap of, 2aravisa, N. iLj
wrho al3o Drought nla lamuy- Each, oi
these families have located, in Farm-
For .pains in the side or chest dampen!
a piece of flannel with Chamberlain's!
Iiiniment and bind it on over the seatl
of pain. There is nothing better. Fori
sale by all dealers.
The El Paso
BOTTLE AND JUNK
1505-9 San Antonio St.
Dealers in old iron, copper, "brass,
lead, zinc, rubbers, sacks and bottles.
First National Bank
Capital $ 600,000
Surplus and Profits.. -...- ,..- 225,000
Deposits ." 3,500,000
We cordially invite new business connections.
Our new savings department pays 4 percent on deposits.
OPEN SATURDAY EVENINGS UNTIL 8 O'CLOCK.
C E. MOREHEAD, President. GIC. D. FLORY, Gaa&ec.
JOSEPH MAPOFFIN, V. Prta. C. K. BASSJTT,. Tk Pra
L. J. GILCE2IST, Astt. Csi.
State National Bank
ESTABLISHED APRIL, 1S31.
CAPITAL, SURPLUS AND PROFITS, $175,000.
A Legitimate Banking Business Transacted in All Its Braacke.
HIGHEST PRICES PAID FOR liEXICAN MOJflT.
Will find they can fill their
orders for feed, grain seeds,
etc., etc., to their, entire sat
isfaction here. If yon have
never bought here, it would
be to your advantage to give
us a trial.
0. (GL Seetoa & Son
Third and Chihuahua Sts.
CITY NATIONAL BANK
EL PASO TEXAS
UNITED STATES DEPOSITARY
Capital, Surplus and Profits, $350,000
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS:
L S. Stewart Frank Powers C. H Leavell H. J. Simmoni
A. G. Andreas W. B. Latt B. Blumenthal
J. F Willinm IT. 3r Andreac J. H Mav
SAVINGS DEPARTMENT OPEN SATURDAY UNTIL 8 P. M.
1'LH-Mm.ll'i .,! i
TO OUR PATRONS IN THE SAVINGS
The semi-annual interest on Savings Deposits is due after
January 1st. 1911; our patrons are respectfully requested
to present their pass books to have interest credited on
Guaranty Trust & Banking Company.