Foreign News: MOROCCO: Running the Gauntlet

IT was the morning of Islam's greatest feast day, Aid el Kebir. On that day, by sacrificing a ram. the faithful learn whether the year to come is to be peaceful and prosperous—or disastrous.

With pipes and drums, 5,000 Berber tribesmen, camped below the palace in the Moroccan city of Rabat, greeted the appearance of a wizened old man in a white gown whom the French a year ago made Sultan of Morocco. Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Moulay Arafa was nervous. The last two times he had shown his face in public, he had narrowly...

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