National Geographic : 1926 Dec
726 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE the World War did us good service for a while; then we struck a fine ten mile curve of beach, along which we sped, with the ocean lapping at our ' wheels. A stalking, outstrung camel train silhouetted itself between yellow sands and turquoise sea, its decorum vanishing in a pell-mell scatter, as we ~ shot past. AGRICULTURAL COLONIES ARE CHANG 0 ING PALESTINE'S ASPECT Beyond Haifa we glimpsed a neat Stree-surrounded community of cement cabins, marking the commencement z of the Jewish agricultural colonies.* z Of these, one in the valley of Jezreel is perhaps the most interesting. Here . swamp-draining has resuscitated an Scient springs for irrigation, and a z selected colony of experienced agri culturists has been efficiently housed and equipped for a program of mixed z farming. This self-sustaining unit represents o a decided advance in method over many of the older colonies, which too a often adhered to one kind of crop, buying their staple foods with its pro z ceeds. Of Palestine's 760,000 inhabitants, three-quarters are Moslem. The re >1 maining quarter is composed about , equally of Christian and Jewish ele 0 ments, while among the last named there are something like I8,ooo agri cultural colonists. Their settlements Q lie in part toward Lake Tiberias and o in part along the coast between Haifa and Jaffa. w We were able to continue our coast z wise journey to the foot of the Medi < terranean by connecting at Ludd (Lydda) with the British strategic il, railway, built in 19I7 by Allenby's northward-marching army and now a permanent asset of the country. Z At El Kantara we descended from z the train and crossed the Suez Canal by bridge into Egypt. That night we . slept at Port Said. Next morning * See, also, "Flying Over Egypt, Sinai, and Palestine," by P. R. C. Groves and J. R. McCrindle, in the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE for September, 1926.