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By Lois Martin

The witch in background is especially varied from clone of Harry Potter or the fashionable day Pagan. 'A short historical past of Witchcraft' units out to discover how the witch phenomenon all started in medieval Europe and the way it has persisted to hang-out us for the subsequent 500 years.

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Something even more exciting, though, was soon to }Jappen, and this was the organization of the Everest ex­ pedition of 1933. Early in the year the climbers arrived I N T O A N E W W O RLD 47 from England, the whole town was upside down with the preparations, and Sahib Hugh Ruttledge, the expedition leader, sat up on the veranda of the Planters' Club while most of the Sherpas in Darjeeling went to see him about jobs. Now I did not think about milk at all. All I thought was : I must go too. They must take me too.

But the fever went away. After that I was weak, but Iiot sick any more, and able to go on. Like the others before us, we went up to Nanda Devi through the great gorge of the Rishi, which is called the Rishi Ganga, and made our camp in the Sanctuary. As we had been told, it was a very beautiful place, with meadows of wild flowers all around and the great white mountain rising above them. We were not there to climb, though-only to survey and make maps-and that is what Major Osmaston and the others did for the next few weeks.

It is strange for me to realize that my old home is only a few miles away; that this is the same mountain in whose shadow I grew up and tended my father's yaks. From this side it is, of course, all different. There is nothing that I recognize, and it is hard to believe that it is really the same. And yet I do believe it. Besides what others tell me I know it in my heart, because I know that no mountain but Chomolungma could be so tall and great. The work was hard. Between the lower camps we car­ ried sixty to ninety pounds on our backs, beyond them about fifty-five pounds; and it was not just once up, and that was all, but up and down, up and down, for days and weeks, until all the tents and food and equipment were brought up where they should be.

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