Elias Barakat speaks

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Elias Barakat speaks - THE MAHOM MED AN'S NATIVS HEATH. The lecturer...
THE MAHOM MED AN'S NATIVS HEATH. The lecturer referred to Syria as a pecu liarly Mohammedan country, grown up in negligence, ana peopled by a elass whose religion taught them that deeds done in secret, no matter how wicked and evil, were not oins. Before beooming a Presbyterian he was a member of the Non - United Greek church, ot whioh the third higheet dignitary, the patriarch patriarch of Antioch, has since the sixteenth century resided in Damascus. He epoke of tne AraDi isey massacres, which drove bim and hia wife, Layyah Barakat. to Alexandria. and from thence to Philadelphia in 1882, where ne nas since resided, as Mr. tfarakat talked be stood in the midst of a cirole of masters and misses attired in the costumes of Japan, China, India, 6iam, Persia, Syria, Africa, South America, the North American Indian and Mexioo. The representative from China lost ner alipper as she ascended the platform but secured it again in time to take her place. The group had recited verses In "The plea for ail nations, berore the coming or Mr. Barakat, Barakat, and the audience Bang the hymn "Behold the Nations Kneeling," also before his com ing. Mr. Barakat gave the verse "east thy bread upon the waters and it shall return to thee after many days," in Arabic, whioh the re porter did not exactly oaten, and for fear of error does not reproduce here.

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  1. Reading Times,
  2. 14 Feb 1884, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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