On the opposite page is the map of Palestine, known to use from childhood as the Holy Land. It is a land that is sacred to Mohammedan, Jew, and Christian. To us it is the land of Jesus. To-day it is torn by hatred, bitterness, and wrath. How it much grieve the heart of Christ to know that in the land where He was crucified as an expression of the love of God, the Father, blood is shed to-day by hatred.
Yet we in United States are not in a position to condemn other races, We can only drive with a war-torn world and see to it that we so live our lives that we do our part toward world peace.
The first scene below is Jerusalem itself, also a picture of the Mount of Olives. We have a large piece of limestone from Mt. Olivet sent to us by the Y.M.C.A of Jerusalem.
(c) National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumber by Hans Hilderbrand
THE HOLY CITY FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
One can look across the walled city, from the Golden Gate, obscured by shrubbery, to Jaffa Gate, to the right of the square “Tower of David.” In the middle distance is the Temple Area, once the threshing floor of the Jebusite, now graced by the octagonal Dome of the Rock, under whose colorful canopy the native rock of the threshing floor of Mount Moriah can still be seen.
ROTARY CLUB OF JERUSALEM AFFILIATED WITH ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
CABLE ADDRESS: TANCRED LANE “ROTARY, JERUSALEM” JERUSALEM P.O.B. 198
Jerusalem, June 23, 1930
Mr. James A. Winn, Greenville, South Carolina.
Dear Rotarian Winn,
It was good to receive your letter and to learn of your intention to erect a Rock Lodge. I forwarded to you by parcel post a small block of stone from the ancient King Solomon’s quarries. You probably are familiar with the fact that these quarries run underneath the city of Jerusalem. The entrance is through a gate in the foundation of the northern wall of the Old City. From time to time, Free Masons from other parts of the world get together in Jerusalem, hold meetings there.
With greetings and good-wishes from the Jerusalem Rotarians to the Rotaries of Greenville,
[signature] E.N. Mohl Chairman, International Committee
King Solomon’s Quarries
Be sure to read the fine spirited letter from the Rotary Club of Jerusalem on the opposite page. it is such kindliness of heart that will bring peace on earth.
[photograph of a cave]
Photograph by American Colony Photographers
“SOLOMON’S QUARRIERS,” THE “ROYAL GROTTOES” OR JOSEPHUS
Under the north wall of Jerusalem is the vast grotto, which was undoubtedly a quarry. Its stone, however, is unlike any now to be found in the walls of the ancient Temple area. Masonic visitors meet here and gavels are made from the white stone.
[photograph of a river]
THE RIVER JORDAN, WHERE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE CROSSED INTO THE PROMISED LAND
“One remarkable feature is the variety of soils and climatic conditions under which these eggs were laid. In the Jordan Valley, earth’s lowest spot, 1,300 feet below the Mediterranean, we find them deposited on the very banks of this historic river, notably at ‘the Ford,’ where it it supposed the Children of Israel passed over into Canaan (Josh. 3); also farther down toward the Dead Sea, in soil heavily impregnated with alkali, where are the ‘slime pits’ into which probably, during their retreat, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell when in full flight from Chedolaomer and his allies” (Gen. 14)
[photograph of a group of men holding candles in a cave]
MASONS FROM TWENTY-TWO STATES MEET IN THE HOLY LAND; THE “ROTTERDAM LODGE,”
Members of the Order Who Took the 1931 Mediterranean Cruise Aboard the Steamship Rotterdam, in King Solomon’s Quarries, Outside Jerusalem. (Photo Form Holman-American Line.)
[colorized photo of rolling fields]
(c) National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumiere by Hans Hildenbrand
THE SOFTLY ROLLING SLOPES OF GALILEE
It was in such flower-carpeted fields, gently dropping away to curving valleys commanding distant views of the Sea of Galilee, that Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and attracted his Disciples. The Galilee landscape, setting for so many homely but deathless parables, makes a poetic appeal to the knowing eye and the understanding heart.