FOREIGN TRADE: Mahmout's Mules

EGA last week said that it would spend $657,000 to finance the purchase of 7,500 U.S. mules. From New Orleans, the mules will be shipped in lots of about 900 to Greece, to aid the recovery of that nation's ravaged agriculture. This quiet announcement was the final settlement of an international war which had raged for a year among some of the world's shrewdest mule skinners.

In Turkey, where close trading is a centuries-old art imbibed with mother's milk, the No. 1 mule trader is squat, swarthy Mahmout Safyurtlu. Last year, when Mahmout heard that EGA would pay for...

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