Curious heads along the curious streets of Jeddah, port of Mecca, craned to see Husein, abdicating King of Hejaz* and Calif of Islam (TIME, Oct. 13). It was announced that Husein would sail awaynone knew whither.
In Mecca, AH, the son of Husein, strove to keep the crown in the Hasbinite family by stout resistance to the raids of the Wahabi tribesmen. Heading the Wahabis, Ibn Saud, Sultan of Nejd, harried Ali's forces, then slipped in between Jeddah and Mecca, isolating the port and cutting Mecca off from the sea.
Ali offered peace....
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