WEST GERMANY: The Side of the Sky

Grey and leaden skies hung over most of West Germany on election day, but there was no rain. In the north, in Hamburg and Bremen, a warm summer sun shone brightly as voters trooped to the polls clad in their Sunday best. North Sea excursion-boat operators dutifully changed their schedules to accommodate the voters. Far to the south at Berchtesgaden, a loyal supporter of Christian Democrat Konrad Adenauer closed down his ski lift all morning so that no votes would be lost on the Alps. In the beer-toping Bavarian capital of Munich,...