Business: Mahatma v. Sultan

In the little Sultanate of Zanzibar off the east coast of Africa there are 180,000 Negroes, 33,000 Arabs, 15,000 Indians, 278 Europeans. The Sultan of Zanzibar, His Highness Seyyid Sir Khalifa bin Harub, gets advice from an English Resident on complicated commercial matters. These, of late, have mainly concerned cloves, of which Zanzibar provides 80% of the world supply; India, in turn, consumes 90% of Zanzibar's output. There are three or four cloves in every betel leaf, and the average Indian citizen chews betel leaves more furiously than the average American chews gum—20...

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