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At an iron forge, an American worker instructs students of various ethnicities.

"At Aramco's trade school Sudanese, Somalis, Arabs, Eritreans and men from as far as Afghanistan, learn of a new life with other men who will never speak their tongues, but whose knowledge of their crafts is so profound that almost no barrier prevents total communication. Master ironmonger Harry Johnson is no exception, his Arabic being limited mostly to his hands--yet his students work as professionals in nearby oil fields, usually in record-breaking time. [Saudi Arabia, 1948.]" Yankee Nomad, p. 262.