Foreign News: Storm over the Mountain

Proud Britons acclaimed the ascent of Everest as an achievement of the race that bore Raleigh, Nelson and Rhodes. To Asians it quickly became the personal—and national—triumph of a nut-brown little Sherpa who cannot read or write but who has grappled oftener with Everest (eleven expeditions) than any man alive.

When the victory news hit Nepal, where 37 year-old Tenzing was born, the government proposed that May 29 should henceforth be a national holiday, known as Tenzing Day. In India, where he lives (in a Darjeeling slum), a public subscription was opened to build him a new home, and when he and...

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