Northwestern Christian Advocate Volume 59

Northwestern Christian Advocate Volume 59

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...taken in. This is owing to the complete change in sanitary conditions, the providing of regular food and comfortable clothing; above all, it is owing to the Christ i a n atmosphere into which every little child comes when she enters the home. It must indeed seem like entering heaven to many a child of poverty who enters here. To see this contrast clearly I will describe a home of the most abject poverty, hundreds of which I have seen in my journey through Syria and Palestine. Picture to yourselves a miserable little but built of adobe or sun-dried bricks, with no windows, but only little holes in the walls, that are perhaps six inches square, and located up under the slightly projecting rafters of the roof. These openings are the only chimneys that the house has for letting out the smoke, when in cold weather they have a fire inside. When the weather is very cold they stop up all these openings so as to retain as much heat as possible. They then breathe the heavy, impure air, smoke and all, while inside the house. Vhy do they do this? Because fuel is a costly luxury, diflicult to secure at any price. The poor people are compelled to use twigs, dried weeds, dung, and a kind of sword grass, that comes from their fields, which they dry and use as fuel. This house of poverty has a dirt floor and contains perhaps two or three rooms with no upstairs apartments. The single door opens out into a street, it may be ten feet wide. The stable for the goats or donkeys is very near by. and all the foul smells of the bamyard are coming into the house all the time. The spring, from which all the water supply for all the people of that' village comes, may be located half ii mile away, and all of it must he carried to the homes in large jars and more

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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 721g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236855280
  • 9781236855282