THE ANGLICAN SCHOOLS 231 It is not a proselytising mission. It teaches, trains, and prints. It has one High School at Urmi for boys under seventeen, and two upon the Urmi Plain, but the work to which these may be regarded as subsidiary is the Urmi Upper School for priests, deacons, and can- didates for holy orders. In these four establishments there are about 200 pupils, mostly boarders. There are also seventy-two village day-schools, and the total attend- ance last year was—boys 1248, girls 225. Seventy-six deacons and young men above seventeen are in the Upper School at Urmi. The education given in the ordinary schools is on a level with that of our elementary schools. In the school of St. Mary and St. John, which contains priests, deacons, and laymen, some being mountaineers, the subjects taught are Holy Scripture, catechism, Scripture geography, uni- versal history, liturgy, preaching, English, Persian, Osmanli Turkish, arithmetic, and Old Syriac.1 Preaching is taught practically. A list of 10 0 subjects on a systematic theo- logical plan has been drawn up, and each week two of the deacons choose topics from the list and write sermons upon them. In 1887 the Mission clergy drew up a catechism con- taining between 200 and 300 questions, with " Scripture proofs," which the scholars in all their schools are obliged to learn by heart. The boys of the Urmi High School and of the Upper School board in the mission house, and are under the constant supervision of the clergy. Their food and habits of living are strictly Oriental. All imitations of Western manners and customs are forbidden, the policy of the Mission being to make the Syrians take a pride in their national customs, which as a rule are adapted to their 1 " Old Syriac as a lesson means reading portions of Holy Scripture, and translating them into modern Syriac."