TRANS-JORDAN: Birth of a Nation


Bursts of gunfire sent herds of scrawny goats scampering along the rocky hillsides. Amman, dusty mountain capital of mountainous Trans-Jordan, last week woke out of its normal torpor to its most exciting holiday in a quarter of a century. Stocky (5 ft. 5 in.) Emir Abdullah was home from London with a British treaty recognizing Trans-Jordan (area 30,000 sq. mi.; pop. about 300,000) as a sovereign and independent state.

Rarely had a treaty been so quickly proposed, prepared and signed. At UNO's London meeting, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin had announced Britain's intention...

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