National Geographic : 1951 Dec
708 Gilbert Grosvenor Schools Close and Children Cheer; the 17th of May Is Norway's 4th of July Norway's Constitution was signed on May 17, 1814. In Oslo thousands of school children celebrate the day by marching to the Royal Palace for review by the King. These young flag wavers, having finished their part in the parade, join the cheering onlookers. Hiinsel and Gretel gingerbread houses, weathered to a soft brown, roofed with sod, and capped with a foot-thick layer of snow. Next morning I sought democratic, 14-year old Prince Harald at an Oslo public school where he mixes freely and on equal terms with boys and girls from all walks of life. "Of course you may see him," said Dr. Bj0rje, the principal. "Just stand here. He will be one of the boys who change classes on this floor in a few minutes." "But which one?" I asked as the students poured from their classes. "No, I won't tell you that," said Dr. Bj0rje with a smile. "The fact that you can't pick him out is proof that he is part of the group, a condition that would cease to exist should we display him to visitors." Prompted by an interest in the ability of Norwegians to speak English, I suggested ob serving an English class. Suddenly, to my surprise, I found myself seated on a platform in front of 25 girls, all pretty, all giggling. And how do they learn English? For an hour they read selections from an American edition of O. Henry's The Trimmed Lamp in English, then in Norwegian, followed by a dis cussion of the plot in English and French. From Oslo Fjord to Copenhagen "We fly south to the mouth of Oslo Fjord and then head straight for Copenhagen," said Capt. John Christiansen next day as he pen ciled his course on my map. The route lay along Sweden's Kattegat coast to Ore Sund, the three-mile-wide bottle neck between Baltic and North Sea waters through which slipped warships of the German fleet for the invasion of Norway in 1940. Arriving in Copenhagen (K0benhavn) late in the morning, I went straight to Amalien borg Palace to see the noontime changing of the royal guard. Beside me stood a middle-aged man, hatless, wearing a weathered trench coat and carrying a brief case.