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tribal differences. Second, he gave everyone a high standard of living and a high standard of education, which no one wants to lose. He made us bourgeois. Third, he placed the ac cent on agriculture. Every Ivoirian is a farmer at heart." headed for the central plains, Baoule country, to find out. Presently we came to the farm of Kouame Albert, in a small village south of Bouake. Albert's compound was a riot of chickens, children, and broken mortars, with a ham mock strung between two trees, in which he was sleeping. He received us with cool sus picion and was irritated when we asked him about his way of life. "Don't they teach you good manners in your country?" he scolded. "Here we say 'Good day' and ask about family health, before talking business!" I asked the wizened old man for his par don. He informed us that he could neither show us his plantation nor invite us to lunch until the village chief approved. As it hap pened, the chief was out in the fields. We left and returned after lunch. Albert was much friendlier. "Why didn't you come to eat? The chief sent two chickens, a pot of rice, and a pitcher of bangui [palm wine]." We imitated the old man as we poured a little wine on the ground before sipping, as an offering to the ancestors. Then he took us about his small planta tion, a mini-jungle of coffee, cacao, and banana trees. Pushing aside broad banana leaves, we arrived at a clearing where his sons were spreading coffee beans to dry. "We sell $1,500 to $2,000 worth a year,"