Foreign News: Sons of the Same Country

Of all the delegates from French Africa to attend a conference in Paris last January, none were more lavishly treated than the four gentlemen from Mauritania—the ore-rich land that stretches, twice the size of France, from south of Morocco to black Senegal. Resplendent in blue turbans, the four Moors were feted and flattered for four days straight. They seemed to have no quarrel with Mauritania's status as a semi-autonomous political entity inside French West Africa. And since they included two council ministers, a tribal sheik and the powerful Mohammed Ould Fall Oumer, Emir of Trarza and absolute ruler of 50,000 warriors,...

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