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Haifa, Palestine

never knew before what were rags - the most amazing assortment of rags that one can conceive; priests in their vestments; scholarly men in Arab Costume; uniformed moslems of the Palestine police; all sorts of [artificers] plying their trade and all sorts of petty peddlers crying their wares. But I come back to the rags - the ragged garbs of the Fellahin - and concede the picturesque aspect of these peoples of the streets and bazaars. A western man in utter rags is offensive to us; the oriental wear his rags in a different way, with a certain native ease, sometimes even grace, that makes so much difference, for in addition there is always the element of color
Jan 29, 1926

garb and in his background; Abyssinian negroes with nearly straight hair and a peculiar metallic lustre to their black skins; clean well dressed Germans who have a quarter or compound of their own without the city walls; lively quick-speaking Frenchman; sober young advocates with leather brief cases under the arm - are busily coming and going or idling or gossiping in the narrow ways; while everywhere the eye is engrossed by street signs in four languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English and German. The Oriental loves color and this element lends an air of novelty to the scene. I do not yet know at all the significance of the various garbs, especially the head dress, of
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