MOROCCO: Sibismaken

Sidi Mohammed ben Moulay Arafa, hand-picked Sultan of Morocco, docilely performed an unpleasant duty which his unruly old predecessor had resisted for years. He signed a dahir (decree), dictated by the French, which transferred some of the royal powers to a half-Moorish, half-French administrative council. The dahir was a hard blow at French Morocco's hot-tempered independence movement.

Next morning, Sultan Arafa assembled his courtiers and red-uniformed horse guards, mounted a noble white charger inherited from the deposed Sultan and started out for Sabbath prayers at the imperial mosque. Somebody was waiting for him. A young (28), high-strung house painter named...

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