HOSPICE SNOWED UP
THE Grand St. Bernard Hospice, perched on an 8,200 feet crag high in the Swiss Alps, is now cut off for the second time this year by avalanches.
These hurtling walls of snow, thundering down the mountain slopes and spreading death and desolation in the valleys below, marooned the seven canons. three sisters and five laybrothers for the best part of a week in January.
Now new falls have again made it perilous to venture out on skis to collect letters and rations.
But the Hospice is well able to withstand a long siege. It has its own herd of cows and pigs, its stores are plentifully stocked with grain, fruit, vegetables and wine gathered in months ago from the fields on the lower slopes.
The other 30 Canons are spending the winter months as usual in the monastery at Marigny.
—Picture by courtesy of Swiss National Tourist Office.