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in Arabic on higher mathematics. Until a few years ago he had been an ardent athlete. Although the public showing of films is still forbidden in Mukalla, the sultan was his own cinema producer and delighted in projecting his highly moralistic films to select audiences of friends. I recall a delightful evening we spent with him, marred for me only by the belated discovery of a protruding spring on my side of the small throne sofa I shared with the sultan. Through Boustead, too, I met Amir Awadh, the sultan's son (above), who has now as cended the Quaiti throne, and Qaddal Pasha, the sultan's Sudanese chief secretary. It was Qaddal who urged us to visit the Mukalla and Gheil Ba Wazir schools, of which, as former education adviser, he was very proud. We did. Mukalla provides an excellent school for Bedouin boys and also a girls' school -a real rarity in southern Arabia. Gheil Ba Wazir has a progression of schools ranging from elementary through secondary, complete with boarding departments. Connected with the latter schools is one of two Boy Scout troops in the Aden Protectorate. The last leg homeward to Aden drew us along the dunes facing the Indian Ocean. At the tiny fishing villages of Haura and Irqa, each a treaty sheikdom in its own right, nets were spread on the sands for mending. Arab seamen from little coves like these bring back some 20,000 tons of fish each year; exports go largely to Ceylon via Aden (page 236).