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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, Di-cc liuKin of the Sultans Restoration program under way GOING TO JAIL Jean Pierre Debris, left, and Andre Marcel Menras raise their handcuffed arms in a clenched fist salute after being sentenced to prison in a military trial in Saigon for hoisting a Viet Cong flag in front of the National Assembly building in the summer, Debris received a three-year sentence and Menras was given a four-year term. They are former French school teachers. NICK UJWNCTON ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) j In a corner of Topkapi Palace in f.'-tanbul, a door leads into the Courtyard of the Black Eu- nuchs. Beyond this courtyard lies the sprawling Harem of the Sultans, forbidden centre of ths Ottoman .lire for 300 years. In I85i, the sultans moved from Topkapi to a new marble palace where they lived in imi- tation European surroundings until the empire collapsed after the First World War. The old palace, on a point jut- ting out tiito lite Sea of Mar- mara at the mouth of the Bos- pnorus Straits, was abandoned for nearly 100 years. Restoration started in 1939 and now most sections of the j including the famous iioard of priceless jewels are open to the public. The liarera is still closed. Some Turks might like to keep it that way since most histo- rians list this institution as the major factor in the empire's de- cadence after the 17th century. SEEK TOURISTS But a restoration program, scheduled for completion in 1972, is under way. When the harem opens, officials here hope tt will be a major factor in at- tracting tourists. The eunuchs, castrated slaves from Abyssinia and the Sudan, the girls, fairest cidc reached a peak when Murad III was replaced by bis KILLS liltOTUEliS Muhammed had Hi living brothers and he had them all strangled. The executions were performed by deaf mutes with bowstrings. To be absolutely sure, Mu- hammed also killed seven of his father's concubines who had the ill fortune to be pregnant. After this family massacre, it kill Ilium, and the Caste was The princes, including the heir-apparent, were sealed off from the outside world. They were not educated beyond a ru- dimentary stage. They were al- lowed, however, sterile concu- bines to thsir hearts' content. Some sultans spent half n life- time in the Cage before taking over the throne. When they took over they were, in most cases, psychclogi- decided to imprison princes I cally warped, pitifully ignorant in relative comfort rather than I of the art of ruling and apt to Laughter: Countless theories reveals what makes him laugh, But he cannot get the help lie needs He wants to junk the habit! he reveals much about himself. He said he has an atheist ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Feel like roaring with laughter? It probably means you're feeling superior, says a University of friend who laughs uproariously Georgia processor who's been I only at jokes that take Chrisli- studying laughter and its causes anity to task, for 15 years. j---------------------- "There are countless theories about what makes one per- son respond with laughter to SHOW FOR GIKLS RICHMOND, England (CP) Gerald Fishon thinks girls miss other person said j out in regular strip-tease shows Dr. Charles F. G rimer, an asso-', so now he plans to open Brit- message and whal leaves an-1 ciate professor in the speech de- partment. "People giggle and laugh at ain's first burlesque club where men will peel. He already has auditioned and signed several should blush. This is something specimens (0 which one may devote his en- frqra all over the empire, the j tire iife. It's investigating the strangest he added. I Performers and says women "A woman laughs when she' who have heard about the ldea are "very interested." submerge themselves in the or- giastic pleasures of the harem ml her Mian affairs of slate. One Sultan, Osman III, look over after 50 years in the Cage. A historian faid it was no won- der Dial after sultans emerged tliey indulged in "every conceiv- able kind of vice that a half- craned brain could devise." TIIKHW AWAY GOLD Sultan Ibrahim (Tile Mad) was known for his innocent, if wasteful, habit of (browing gold to the fish in the Bosphoi'us Straits. Loss innocent was his purge of the harem. In a lit of bore- dom he had the entire retinue of several hundred girls tied into weighted sacks and flung in to join the fish. The girls were promptly replaced. Another figure who helped fiH Ihe vacuum left by inadequate rulers the chief black eu- nuch. He served as a royal chamberlain often more power- ful than the prime minister with whom he carried on liaison for the sultan. This rule by eunuch and ma- triarch, controlling the contacts ol' added sultans with then- civil and military administrations, led to inevitable decline in the Ottoman Empire. In 1972, modern Turkey's mu- seum au'hority will provide tourists with a glimpse into the bizarre world of the harem. By D. BYKONYAKE get the help he wants, so he treatment program of the West i years and wants to quit? PITTSBURGH (AP) __ Just keeps w a i t i n n d taking ern Psychiatric Institute and i Bernie was paroled early this call him Bernie. He's 27. hooked drugs. i Clinic. He is one of 50 persons j year from a 14-month term at a on a 550-a-week heroin habit. Bernie has applied and been on a waiting list. That means a state penitentiary to a local in- and wants to quit. But he can't' accepted for the methadone wa'l of al least six monlhs to dustrial school where he is get one of the four beds in the offset printing. He has clinic. i been admitted to the University Methadone, itself a Pittsburgh, where he wants Mcirg Ingle's PRIMROSI 313 6th St. S. Phone 327-2244 OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Tit 9 P.M. WE HAVE A COMPtETE SEtECTION OF SKI-PANTS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES for Christmas gift giving for that special woman on your list! is being used increasingly in many community programs across the United States to help hard-core drug addicts kick the habit. It is addictive, but the pa- tient does not get "high" and he does not suffer withdrawal symptoms. Critics, however, argue that one narcotic is merely being substituted for an- other. Robert Aaron, a 37-year-old social worker who heads the methadone program at Western Psychiatric, says he believes about persons are in- volved in such treatment centres in the U.S., although i there is no program tying them II together. What does all this mean to an addict such as Bernie? What's to study sociology. Bernie receives S52 a week while attending the industrial school, just enough to finance his one-bag-a-day habit. A fluent conversationalist. Bernie crossed his legs, and sal back on his soft chair inside the clinic he so much wants to be part of. He was on a high. "I wouldn't be nearly so re- laxed if I wasn't." he sa'id. It is difficult to identify a per- son on a kick if one is not famil- iar with addicts. But two of Bernie's friends who have influenced his deci- igh sion to enter the methadone pro- gram recognized his high. "His color is ash grey and there's a certain thing about his said Bob Lloyd, sultans and the princes will be gone. But a visitor with imagi- nation will be able to recreate 3 picture of the life, secret, cruel, i plush and wanton, which took j place in the intricate maze of grandly decorated apartments. I Nominally running the harem, the palace, Turkey and the em- pire was the sultan. The Hall of the Sultan is a huge, domed room where the potentate sat on a slightly raised platform on a brocaded couch surrounded by a mother of pearl balcony. Here he watched his concubines dance on rich carpets. Nearby were baths, a lavish from beneath a the sultan's room heated marble floor. the world like to a slim, black ilvlro substituted methadone for youth who has been on heroin 10 heroin-cocaine habit a year ago and is now a counsellor in the treatment centre. Christmas Shopping at (TIERS UJEflR M.cGulre's jpociol odvice to girl friends: Warmest wishe! an best expressed when your Christmas gift selection is mode from brands men prefer. Shiffer-Hitlmon suits ore definitely preferred by men who know and you will discover Ibis foct of life simply fay visiting McGuire'i Ortego Suit Solon, select- ing one and (hen placing it under the tree. You'll find you don't need mistletoe this year becaue a Shiffer-Hillman suit is one of the finer things that ran happen to any man, Open Thursday and Friday Till Nine People Going Places Shop IRE'S fntns UJERR DOWNTOWN on FIFTH STREET SOUfH TAKEN WITH JUICE Jlethadone is a clear liquid which is mixed with orange juice and taken once a day. j Some scorn its use because, I they say, it is trading one nar- i cotic for another. i "That's true, as far as it i said Lloyd. "But that is a narrow view- point and I know. I "When you're on heroin, it's a high I can't describe. "When you get on the stuff, j won't trust you anymore. You can't get credit, and finally I was broke. I had family problems, naturally, and I had to do something." Lloyd entered the methadone program at Western Psychiat- i n ric. The first step was an evalua- tion by doctors. "Some guys will just use the i program to get out of a prison term, others will use it to get! Lloyd said. After four to six weeks as an in-patient, when highs are regu- lated, tile patient leaves th hos- pital, but returns daily for his dose of methadone. Lloyd was taking "five, six, seven or eight bags a day." Now he takes methadone, has 15? no highs and says things are going better at home. ABLE TO SLEEP "The first time I took if Lloyd said. "I noticed I could sleep that night. "After four weeks of that and I felt lite my old self. I began to ditest narcotics like I did when I was a kid. I even gained 25 pounds." Lloyd thinks he's close to the time when he can be discharged from the methadone program, "I think I'm capable now of staying off he said. j "The doctor told me we'd have to sit down and talk about i it." The four in-patient beds j Western Psychiatric Institute i y i have no patients in them just now, which may make Bernie's t wait for treatment longer. i" Nurses at Ihe hospital have refusal to treat methadone pa- tients. Some are opposed to the program and others say in-pa-! P tient load is loo groal. The clinic plans to hire a full- y time nurse soon just for tho s! 1 nt e t h a d o n c program savs i Lloyd. Water ran from gilt fixtures and the sultan was washed by fe- male slaves. Bedrooms of various sultans are scattered throughout the harem. In these rooms, deco- rated with gleaming, flowery Turkish tiles and gilded wood- work, the sultans received their favorites in canopied beds. SHARED POWER Theoretically, the sultan was an absolute ruler. In fact, he shared his power with other harem residents, in particularly his mother and the chief black eunuch. Ths mother sultana occupied special apartment as luxuri- ous as any sultan's. She was charged with the administration of her son's harem. The mothers' opportunity for wielding influence and intrigue was great, as the Sultans were often preoccupied with debauch or virtually feebleminded from .heir confinement ill the harem before taking over the throne. The confinement took place in a section of the harem known as the Case, established in the 17th century. Before this, in order to do away with future competition, newly enthroned sultans mur- dered their brothers. This fratri-1 the common cold. It's intrigu- ing." Gruner said he had come to one central conclusion in his studies: that a feeling of superi- ority actually produces the chuckles. "This theory holds that every humorous incident is a more or less brief contest in which someone is made to appear or become inferior." he said. "Ob- serving sudden stupid mistake, for example- makes the observer feel sud- denly superior, a pleasant, vic- torious feeling, so the observer laughs." Another theory, he said, holds i that the laugh is a hangover from the roar of triumph with which primitive man would sig- nal his victory over a hapless opponent. That roar slowly evolved into the laughter we produce when Charlie Chaplin slips on a banana peel, he said. 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