My Three Days In Gilead By Elmer U. Hoenshel

 -  So perfectly preserved are some of
these dead cities, that of one, Salcah, Doctor Porter says that
some five hundred - Page 10
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So Perfectly Preserved Are Some Of These "Dead Cities," That Of One, Salcah, Doctor Porter Says That Some Five Hundred

Of the houses are still standing, and that "from three hundred to four hundred families might settle in it at

Any moment without laying a stone or expending an hour's labor on repairs." Of Beth-gamul another traveler says in part: "The houses were some of them very large, consisting usually of three rooms on the ground floor, and two on the first story, the stairs being formed of large stones built in the house walls, and leading up outside. The doors were, as usual, of stone; sometimes folding doors, and some of them highly ornamental. I wandered about quite alone in the old streets of the town - entered one by one the old houses, went up-stairs, visited the rooms, and, in short, made a careful examination of the whole place; but so perfect was every street, every house, every room, that I almost fancied I was in a dream, wandering alone in this city of the dead, seeing all perfect, yet not hearing a sound. "Much of the work in most of these cities is on such a large scale as to indicate that the houses were built by, and intended for a race of giants. When we think of these fortresses of strength defended by their mighty occupants, and remember that they were probably in existence at the time of the exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, the victories of Moses gained here become sublime.

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