I am very grateful for this link.  Thank you Philip.  Murray describes 
two roads between Kefr Hauwar and Damascus and mentions the point where, 
by tradition, is the place of Saul/Paul's conversion. There is no 
mention of Al Kiswah or El-Kisweh (Kessoué) as this location, which 
comes from Strathcarron. I wonder why this second volume never showed up 
in any of my searches.   There is no mention of a village of Christian 

On 11/23/23 11:10, Philip Trauring wrote:

> Scott,
> It’s from the handbook. There are two volumes to the 1858 edition. On Google Books you can find the second volume at:
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/A_Handbook_for_Travellers_in_Syria_and_P/3kNTAAAAcAAJ
> The reference to Kefr Hauwar is on page 450.
> Philip
>> On Nov 22, 2023, at 2:04 PM, Scott Holmes<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>> I downloaded the Google Books pdf of Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Syria and Palestine; 1858 but can find no reference to Kefr Hawar (using as many spelling variations as I could think up).  Being a scanned pdf from an old copy of the book, there may be problems with the character string.  Does this quote of Kefr Hauwar come from a direct reading of the handbook or is it derived from Ganzel's book (which I have not seen but I did read the review by Louis Budd).  Mention of Dan De Quille sheds new and significant light on the subject.  Baedeker, in his "Palestine and Syria Handbook for Travelers", 1898 does note that Kefr Hauwer was the usual stop for travelers between Damascus and Banias.  I've not looked at "Tent Life in the Holy Land" as I prefer to keep as much subjectivism as possible limited to Twain.
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