National Geographic : 1953 Nov
691 Pedestrians and Bicyclists Duck into Doorways as a Bus Squeezes Past When two cars meet on narrow Store Elvegate, one has to back up to a wide spot in the street and let the other pass. Mandal old-timers acquire the ability to dodge traffic without breaking off conversation (page 685). Some rural buses carry milk, produce, calves, and sheep as well as passengers. Most of this group, including R0lland, were arrested by the Germans. Worst offenders ended up in Germany, where several died from malnutrition and disease. Among the fatalities was Rolland. Mandalitters Help Onetime Enemies With charity and forgiveness, the Manda litters, a few years after the war, were send ing packages of food and clothing to needy families in Germany. Mandal people, I noticed, rarely talk about World War II or the possibility of another. They go to store or office, picnic on their islands, live comfortably and cheerfully. They cherish faith in their country and each other, and refuse to worry. Seven weeks sped by, and the day ap- proached when I had to leave. Late one clear night I climbed Uranienborg again. In the town below, a few windows gleamed, and re flections of harborside lights swam faintly in the river. Beyond pine woods and ocean beach, is lands were black cutouts against the lead hued sea. The waning moon cast a pallid trail across the water. The tranquil scene still stirred memories and hopes. It also raised a nagging ques tion: Would I ever see all this again? Thrust ing aside the unanswerable riddle, I said good bye to Mandal, small, peaceful, and in a special sense my own.* * For other articles on Norway, see the two-volume NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Cumulative Index, 1899-1952.