SUDAN: Ceiling on Wives

Bearded, greying, Sir Sayed Abdel Rahman el Mahdi Pasha grieved to see his subjects forego the joys of marriage because the price of wives had soared. The most diligent young Sudanese could not hope to save the $400 a buxom maiden's parents asked; $100 brides were never of much account.

Rich, benevolent Sir Sayed had a reputation as an apostle of Allah to maintain. Although his fighting father had killed General ("Chinese") Gordon, King George V had forgiven and knighted the son. Now Sir Sayed determined to break the market, enable his followers...

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