Zionist Commission to
I’ve been so stiff for the last two days that I can hardly move without groaning. Friday afternoon at about 4.P.M. Lt. Saphhir, the much decorated and clever little French Foreign Legionnaire, tho a born Palestinian, and myself went horseback riding. We had a wonderful ride thru the picturesque hills to the south of
Saphir, by the way, is quite a personage about
The V.H. election took place as per schedule (“schedule” the English say) about 2600 votes being cast, and 70 members being elected. Saphir, of course, was no candidate being in service – but his opponent had the honor of being the 70th elected.
Friday eve I went to visit an Australian family which owns a lot of land near Rehoboth, named Shlushkin. They are reputed to be worth millions of £. There are about half a dozen daughters ranging from about 22 down, and one little son – all horribly spoiled tho not unattractive. They all dance quite well and claim to play tennis – they are the first sample I’ve met in
Today we received a cable advising us of Aaron Aaronsohn’s* death, He will be quite a loss here.
This afternoon a local eye specialist, Dr. Ticho, a friend of Dr. F., took us to a botanist. The man is one of the few real idealists found in thus country (viz B. Schatz). He lives from a small salary paid for several weekly lectures at some local seminary. He has three rooms completely filled with specimens, - plants, flowers, cereals, weeds, leaves, etc. He plans to write a book of the growths of
I had it rather easy for the last few days. The mail was just starting to come our way instead of to
Next week I hope to take a flying trip to
All reports from
Dr F. expects to leave here first week in July or thereabouts-
Our home is a source of constant delight to us all. I have all the trouble - of a housekeeper with my food budget, laundry, linen shortages, trouble with plumbing, how many for supper (we are beginning to entertain quite lavishly) etc.
Gen. Money, the chief Administrator to
The weather here continues delightful – warm by day and cool by night. Local pests have strange habits viz mosquitoes bite only at night, chickens crow any time between 7 P.M. and 5 A.M., cats are plentiful but don’t yowl on back fences at all, Fords are always out of repair and stuck on the roads.
Yesterday was Shabbes and we spent it in most orthodox fashion. In the morning Dr. F. went to synagogue and then we took a walk. After lunch we lay down to read and sleep until about 5.30. In the eve we entertained guests.
Enough for today.
Lots of love and kisses,
Glad to hear you’re making a hero of yourself, Ann. By this time all’s over but the noise, I suppose.
I rec’d a letter from Marj. B. who urges that I return via Pacific & Cal. to meet her there. I may – who can tell!
*Aaronsohn, Aaron:- b.Palestine 1876 – d.plane crash 1919; agronomist, organiser of Nili (acronym in Hebrew “The Eternal One of