Sport: Kalaf s Hajjel

The thousand-foot cliffs of the Final Mountains rising out of barren foothills of Superior, Ariz, looked good to crag-browed Mannheim Kalaf in 1916. They reminded him of his native Syria. He settled down there and went to work in the copper mine. He liked his new home and work. But something was missing. No hajjel. Arizona, fine state though it is, had no hajjeL

The hajjel (pronounced haghl) is a tough game bird common in Syria. It looks like an American bobwhite without its topknot and is about four times larger. As a boy Kalaf used to hunt the hajjel and he...

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