twice, but complained that the gatekeeper does not like it that he comes and will hardly
let him in. Then we heard that the Mullahs had made him sign some papers against
coming to us, what truth there is in it is hard to tell. He did seem interested in
rumor came to us a while ago that some of the Mullahs had asked the government to have us
expelled or they would have us killed. The military general had replied that if they
killed us he would burn the city. That is the way rumors float around! Never
can vouch for the truth of them.
an army came marching to town from Tabriz, which they say is preparing to go out to fight
Simko, the great Kurdish general. They had a machine gun carried by mules, and they
even had a band.
It wouldn't surprise
me to find that we are facing some political upheaval again. Alma and I were awakened last
night by the screams of a man in the direction of the governor's home near here. We
could hear the continual lashing as he was being beaten. I heard the same kind of
terrible sounds from there once when sitting on the roof, so I suppose it is one of their ways
of cruel punishments.
just made me sick, it sounds so awful.
yesterday, right before breakfast, it was told me that two orphan girls were at the gate,
one about 13 and the other maybe 8 or 9, (even the grown-ups seldom know their age).
Well, I said
I would take them. I had a bolt of muslin on hand so I went to work making underwear
for them. Mrs. Bachimont helped me and donated a dress for the bigger one.
Their heads were alive with bugs, and as I had a sore thumb, I had the gatekeeper cut
They took off
their rags, had a bath and put on the clothes we had fixed for them. The smallest
one wore a gingham dress of mine, which was too long, so I went to the bazaar for material
and started a dress for her. But yesterday, lo and behold, a woman appeared and
claimed the younger one as her child. So we had her put on her own clothes again
and let her go. She seemed pretty disappointed, which was not to be wondered at as
the servant declares that the child is a real orphan, but that this woman has had her as a
servant. We were told while in Tabriz how difficult it would be to get orphans
among the Kurds, as they are liable to have some one who takes them for the work they
to be so many street children who say they have no parents, some Ajama and some Kurds,
but it is so hard to know how much right we have to take them. The Kargozar (head of
foreign affairs) says we must get a permit from headquarters in Teheran before beginning
our work here. So we have been waiting for a reply from there.
Gudhart says they needed no permit when they were here before, and thinks it would be all
right to go right on, although she says too, some one is apt to come and claim any we may
Miss Fossum called to me to come see a little Ajam girl who had been coming to her for
treatment for her burned limb. I said I would take her, so now we will see what the
outcome will be. Now I will have to finish the dress I started for the other
Now I was
called down stairs again as we were going to cut the little girl's hair, but she refused
and walked off, so that may be the last we will see of her. When I think of the responsibility
connected with taking charge of children it worries me. But I must leave all in
God's hands to use me as He sees fit.
It looks discouraging
when a bunch of women come to call, to find that all you can do is to join their shallow
conversation. Not to be able to lift them to a higher level, that they may know of
the one thing needful in life. With the men it is a little different. Many of
them know how to read and often ask questions that will lead to religious
conversation. Rev. Bachimont has already had some interesting talks with some of
women are interested in knowing if you are married - if you are, how many children you
have - if you are not, why are you not, etc. They are fond of pretty clothes and
load themselves down with jewelry, bracelets - as many as eight or nine on one wrist.
to all and remember me in your prayers,