EGYPT: Queen Unique

Egypt's habitable land is chiefly a cobra-shaped ribbon stretching along the Nile from the broad delta at Alexandria to the narrow rocky cataracts of the Sudan border. Along that green cobra live 16,000,000 people, of whom 2,000,000 last week took advantage of fare reductions to journey to Cairo by train, steamer, felucca, autobus, camel and donkey. They went to celebrate the wedding of Farouk, their 18-year-old king, to Farida, meaning "unique," his 17-year-old Queen to be.

For three days Cairo's teeming population was tripled. To feed and clothe the visiting horde tons...

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