On 14th August 1909

Shmuel Salant the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem died. Cyril Foley who was on the Parker expedition looking for the Ark said that the wailing by Jewish women was ‘so impressive as to be unforgettable’. The death did not interrupt the expedition work. Two days before on the 14th the shaft they had dug allowed them to break into the Siloam tunnel in their search for the Ark of the Covenant