FRANCE: Syrian Headache

French gendarmes are suspicious men.

Last week they grew excited over a dozen cases of apricots standing innocently on the railway platform at Aleppo. Ruthlessly the gendarmes tore the cases apart and, like hens who had just done their duty on the nest, gave a chorus of self-satisfied ejaculations as they discovered not fruit, but cartridges and arms. The crates were consigned to rebellious Moslem Kurd tribesmen in northeastern Syria who have been revolting for weeks against French rule, who only day before had swooped down from the back country to pillage Christian homes and shops in Amouda near the...

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