ANDORRA: Talk of Other Things

A phlegmatic German Army sergeant and private struggled up a rugged, snowbound pass in the Pyrenees last week, stopped on the frontiers of the tiny State of Andorra. "We have orders to respect your frontier," said the sergeant to the lone frontier guard. Then they laughed and talked of other things, probably not of the 15 European countries invaded by Adolf Hitler.

Andorra's sovereignty supposedly dates back to 777, when Charlemagne drove southward against the Saracens, then padded the Christian world with little buffer states. For centuries some 5,000 Andorran mountaineers dwelt in peace, snowbound more than half the year,...

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