King Hussein to Be Proclaimed Caliph

The Arab press in Transjordania has issued a call for the proclamation of King Hussein of Hedjas as Caliph.

King Hussein is expected to arrive tomorrow (Saturday) in Amman. Great preparations have been made for his reception. A torchlight procession will meet him, carrying flags which hail Hussein as liberator of the Arab race. King Hussein will be accompanied by his Foreign Minister Fuad el Khatib Bey, Major John Philby the British adviser to Transjordania, his son Emir Abdullah, ruler of Transjordania, and a number of leading Transjordanian sheikhs.

King Hussein has pardoned the Transjordanian rebels now imprisoned in Hedjas, while Emir Abdullah has granted amnesty to the whole Adwan tribe which had engaged in warfare against Transjordania.

The reports about the purpose of the Conference in Amman are still conflicting. While according to one version the object of the conference is the discussion of the proposed Anglo-Arab Treaty, according to other reports the setting up of a federated Arab State to include Mesopotamia, Hedjas, Transjordania and Palestine is the aim of the conference. The conference is considered but a preliminary conference to the Pan-Arab Congress to be held at the end of this month in Jeddah. There is much excitement throughout the Arab world over the pending conferences. The Arab press expects as a result of these conferences a closer knitting of Arab interests, and a greater consideration of the demands of the Arab nation.

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