Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 13, 1974 · Page 6
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Skin Flicks in Shangri-La as Andorra J oins 20th Century By NKA-l.ondon Kronomist Npws Sfrvirn ANDORRA — (LENS) — By May 19 France's presidential election will have given Andorra, too. a new chief of state — well, half a chief of state. In the 13th century the tiny principality acquired two feudal suzerains: the Bishop of Urgel (just over the Spanish border) and the Count of Foix. whose rights; passed to the kings and presidents of France. The French co-prince is still referred to in official Andorran documents as "His Most Christian Majesty". Andorra is not quite Shangri- La. but, until fairly recently, it was an acceptable substitute. Life was uncomplicated: the tapwater tasted of melting snow: postal services and firewood — and accommodation in some villages — were free. There were no taxes, and government was so minimal that one modest building housed parliament, civil service, archives, law court and prison. Only once did this correspondent ever see the prison occupied — by a doctor who went out for dinner and then locked himself up for the night. What the only girl in the administration was asked, had he done? "Something terrible." she said, blushing alarmingly. "There was a woman who— er—didn't want to have a baby ... and he—well—helped her..." That was about 14 years ago. Since then, like the rest of us. Andorrans have lost their innocence. One of their cinemas celebrated Holy Week this year with a .porn festival for Spanish tourists: competing with the mass from 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning were ''The Prostitution Dossier" and •'She-Devils''. The administration has expanded to occupy another building and the cost of living has risen 20 per cent in less than a year. Andorra has had its first armed hold-up and its first political terrorism: a fire Times Herald, Carroll, la. , Monday, May 1 3, 1974 O • t»tt«tt1tf Mtltll tint •••«••!• ••••••••••••••••••••I in the national religious sanctury and a bomb outside the apartment of a French journalist. The'police force has been increased from 11 to 25. What went wrong? Until 1960 the Andorran economy was based mainly on two healthy outdoor occupations, agriculture and smuggling (no dope: just useful things like' cars, cameras and watches). Then tourism took over. It was too successful. Between 1959 and 1973 the number of tourists visiting Andorra soared from 500,000 to 3 million a year and the resident population increased from 8,000 to 25,000—17,500 of them foreigners. Under the impact of foreign invasion, Andorra's character ^^^.^t^^^^^^^^^f^W*^^^^*^^^^ — — Iowa Bookshelf is changing, as well as its appearance. Understandably, a slight nationalist backlash is percepible. Angry young men are demanding an independent foreign policy. Not that Andorra's role has been wholly passive. Having declared war on Germany in 1914, it did not make peace until 1958. What other nation has ever stood up to Germany for 44 years? And the Andorrans are annoyed at not having been invited to the European security conference. (ci The Kcnnnrnist "t London Edited Hy Mary Ann lliley DRIFTING HOME. By Pierre Berton. (Knopf, $7.95) The Yukon is one of the world's last great, wild rivers. Down its waters in the summer of 1972, Pierre Berton took his wife and seven children on a fleet of rubber rafts, hundreds of miles into a majestic land, back through the decades into his own boyhood and beyond into a pioneering past. This is a first-hand account of their voyage into history as they followed the Klondike gold rush route of 1898 from Lake Bennett, British Columbia to Dawson, Yukon territory. 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