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Fall 2006 Vol. V, No. 1

Letters to the Editors

On “The Italian Attack On Beirut, Part 1 of 4”
(MainGate, Winter 2006, Vol. IV, No. 2)

Dear Editors:
I read the “The Italian Attack” with great interest. When I was growing up my father told me about the 1912 naval attack. He was a pupil at a grade school in Ras Beirut. After the bombardment started the teachers ushered the students into the school’s main hall and everybody started pleading to God to destroy the attackers while the bombs were exploding outside. It was a terrifying experience for him and a mystery for me. Howard Bliss’ article is an eyewitness account and a historical masterpiece of the incident, and I have never seen anything like it before. Many thanks for publishing the article. I look forward to reading the remaining parts.

Ahmad H. Shatila BS ‘65, MD ‘70
Cleveland, Ohio

On “Recently Published"
(MainGate, Winter 2006, Vol. IV, No. 2)

Dear Editors:
As a result of the article in the winter issue on my book, Crossing Boundaries—Beirut and Beyond, I have been receiving daily e-mails from people I haven’t heard from in 40 years! It is exhilarating to reconnect with those I had a special friendship with during those wonderful Beirut years.

Rosa La Sorte Rich
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dear Editors:
I enjoy keeping up with news of AUB and the Beirut community, but being among the greyed (not just greying) generation, please send along a reader to handle the six- and eight-point type—especially when printed on grey, green, or blue backgrounds.
PS- Twelve-point type is readable without glasses.

Tedford Lewis
Webster Groves, Missouri

Dear Mr. Lewis:
We’re sorry you find it difficult to read MainGate. We are continuing to look for ways to make it easier to read some of the smaller print. Until then, we are sending along a magnifying glass that we hope will make things a bit easier!

-The Editors

Dear Editors:
I find your quarterly magazine refreshing. As I read each issue, I find myself flying back in time, dreaming of the good old days at AUB, the dorms, the clubs, West Hall, and the Campus Committee (I was editor in-chief), and remembering great moments of joy, pain, and success. Your magazine is beautifully written and provides that little bit of inspiration that I need every now and then. Thank you!

Elias Nohad El-Chemali (CCE ‘98)
Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

MainGate, Winter 2005 Vol. III, No. 2

Dear Editors:
A friend has recently given me several back issues of MainGate and I am enjoying reading them. The Winter 2005 issue especially interested me because of its articles on nursing and the mention of the Mary Bliss Dale Home for Nurses. I am currently researching the Reverend Doctors Henry H. Jessup and Samuel Jessup, brothers, in preparation for my new book and it was in so doing that I came across a letter written by Samuel Jessup to Oscar J. Hardin. In the letter, Samuel describes the wedding of Mary Bliss to Gerald F. Dale.


With best wishes,
Aileen Sallom Freeman

We thank Aileen Sallom Freeman for sharing a part of this wonderful description with us… The Editors

April 19, 1879
Samuel Jessup to Oscar J. Hardin, on the wedding of Mary Bliss to Gerald F. Dale.
It reads in part:
The invitations in Beirut were out for 8 o’clock precisely.

Dr. and Mrs. Bliss stood opposite the entrance in the court to receive the guests. The whole large court was carpeted with beautiful rugs & carpets loaned for the occasion.Over the entrance (the door out of which the newly married pair were to leave the house) was an immense horseshoe in guilt. Over the parlor door (where the party were waiting for the time of the ceremony) was a large guilt shield 7 feet long, covered all but the border with evergreen & worked on the evergreen was the monogram of the bride & groom “MG.” The “M” was made of white roses and the “G” of double red geraniums & it was so large & so well done as to be exceeding effective. (After the ceremony), tea was served with cake, a little later lemonade, a little after came strawberries & ice cream & cake.

After a while Dr. Post called the people to order and said he did not believe in prying into family secrets, but (holding up a sealed tin) he said, “Here is one 23 years old & no one has seen it for that long. It is Mrs. Bliss’ wedding cake” & c. & c. He then opened it with a tin opener & took out the loaf of black cake which was sealed up 23 years before & Mrs. Bliss cut it before the company & invited all to partake. Dr. Post said he advised people to be satisfied with the sight, for it appeared to be perfect. However every one wished to taste & so they did, but a very little satisfied. It tasted like “brandy cheese”. If it had been put in hot from the oven & instantly sealed doubtless it would have kept well for eating. It was remarkably preserved as it was.

Errata

“Exploring Tripoli,” MainGate Spring 2006, page 14:
The “Rachid Karami Fairgrounds” should read the “Rachid Karami International Expo” of the “Rachid Karami International Fair.” The name of the architect is Oscar Nieymeyer.

Recently Published, MainGate Winter 2006, page 11:
Rob McKenzie, author of Comparing Media from Around the World, is a Professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, not at the University of Pennsylvania.

Classnotes, MainGate Spring 2006, page 50:
Father Elias Nassar (BE ‘83) was elected Archbishop of the Maronite Archdiocese of Saida. Father Nassar was elected by the Council of Bishops of the Maronite Church headed by Maronite Patriarch Mar Nassrallah Butrus Sfeir.

More On-line
Read about the wedding dress, the guests (a who’s who in AUB history) and the bride's cavalier send-off to Zahleh in MainGate on-line.

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