THE CHANCELLERIES: The Land of Qat

It was the first jeep ever to climb those dizzy mountain passes, where the villages perch on pinnacles and figs grow in the high valleys and the king's harem more than pays for itself, by sewing uniforms for the royal army. Harlan B. Clark (born 33 years ago in Brookfield, Ohio) was in the jeep. He and the jeep together meant that no land—not even Yemen (see map) —could henceforth be isolated from the U.S.

Clark's Arab driver explained to the natives that the jeep was the offspring of the truck that followed with Clark's luggage. Yemenites, who understand heredity,...

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