The Burton Holmes Lectures Volume 1

The Burton Holmes Lectures Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...strip him of his comfortable fortune gained in commerce. A few days later we visited Mr. Benlezrah at his home in the Jewish quarter, where we find him surrounded by his family. A high sepulchral bed, something between an Oriental shrine and the proscenium of a Punch and Judy theater, is the dominating feature of his drawing-room. During our call our host tells us more about the protection system. It appears that all rich men in Morocco are subject to the m o s t barefaced robbery by the Sultan and his ministers. VVhen in need of funds, t h e government notifies its chosen victim that a large contribution f o r the coffers of the sacred Sultan will assure the giver of the imperial favor, and that a refusal to obey the hint will be followed by imprisonment or But men protected by foreign powers cannot be imprisoned or punished until tried for their confiscation, or both. ENIGMAS I 1! __=_-it-i..-.--..i i--_.__;. offenses b e f 0 r e the consular court in Tangier, and a r e there-f o r e practically insured against t h e cupidity of corrupt imperial officials. Thus e v e ry Moor or Jew, possessed of wealth, desires the protection of a foreign nation. Protection being such a boon, abuses have naturally attached themselves to the granting of it. The Moorish govern' ment has complained that Y ' consuls of the European nations, yes, even of the United States, have been g' guilty of selling for cash ' the protection of their re? spective flags to wealthy Moors and Jews. To the Jew, protection is indeed a special blessing, since it gives him the right to ride on horseback or muleback through these streets, where other Jews must walk. It permits him to pass the doorways of the mosques without stopping to remove his shoes, while other...
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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935853
  • 9781236935854