Above a fjordlike arm of Lake Lucerne one night last week a little group of serious-faced Swiss gathered round an unlit bonfire. Just at midnight three men with torches shouldered through the dark crowd, lit the fire. Then in rapid succession other men lit torches from the fire, ran with them into the night.

Thus last week the free Swiss acted out the ceremony that gave them their freedom. Six hundred and fifty years before, representatives of the three "forest cantons" of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden had gathered in the same glade...

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