Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(Proverbs, xviii.)--David conquered and garrisoned
the city of Damascus during his reign, and during a part of the reign of Solomon Damascus was under the dominion of Israel.
The Proverbs of Solomon were written about one thousand years before Christ. We place this picture to illustrate the eighteenth
chapter of Proverbs, because in some degree Damascus is connected with the beginning of the reign of Solomon in Israel. Damascus
occupies the most beautiful site in Western Asia. It lies at the eastern pass of Anti-Libanus in a vast plain of great fertility,
watered by the Abana and Pharpar rivers. In the center of this plain, which without the rivers would be an arid desert, in
the midst of dense masses of foliage, there glisten the minarets from the mosques of Damascus. Seen at a distance it looks
like a dream, a vision starting up from the desert."
A large tree with a bulbous trunk in the middle of a street; shops are on both sides of the street; a number of people are
on the street in various forms of dress