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MOROCCO to

the

H5

town who seek there food and lodging.

As

Moorish women of to-day, they are little cultured. number know not how to read or write. Some,

for the

A

large

through ignor-

ance, abstain from even saying their prayers. Yet in this city, so distinctly of the Arab past, there is a faint aroma of the old status of women, of little private schools for girls, of broidery classes ; not the of The beginning progress, only its tag end. harem life is rarer, polygamy tends towards

a higher form of family social life than elsewhere, the result

disappearance, there

of economy,

is

in

fact

however, rather than

This family existence may

morality.

also be the result of

the peculiar feeling of citizenship which Fez exercises over its inhabitants, and which for

many

generations has held the same groups to-

gether, marrying and intermarrying. to be a direct influence of the

seem

It

would

Moors of

Andalusia, the descendants of whom are still proud of their origin, and the Sultan himself

counts two

among his ministers whose ancestors Moorish Lady from Granada. But the calm proud migrated existence of Fez which has passed with a refined monotony for so long amidst its houses and gardens, and where from the cradle to the grave the days pass gently, sad or gay as the divine will

gradually losing its mystery. After hiding mystically for centuries, its veil has been wrenched aside till, more legendic ordains,'

is

in its beauty, alas

!

than ever, snapshot and pencil and diplomatic

incursion have played alike on squalor and departed glory. The Moors chased from Spain were the most terrible ex-

pounders of Islam, as they are to-day. They seem to preserve a lasting and bitter rancour against all the races of Europe, a rancour for the curse of decadence which their enforced emigra'

Le Maroc d'aujour

d'hui.

Eugene Aubin,

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