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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, June 13. 1974 Smallpox claims lives T AC; AH India (AP) One-' of 'the major battles in the war against smallpox is being fought-and lost-in the crowded railway station of this town in India's eastern Three's company. DISTILLED AGED AND BOTTLED IN SUPERVISION OF THE CANADIAN GOVERN MASTER BUEKiI> Bihar state. The station is surrounded by a severe smallpox epidemic which health officials estimate has claimed about 25.000 lives in Bihar so far this year, more than half of all the world's cases in the same period. The epidemic has spread be- cause smallpox victims have boarded trains at Tatanagar, 150 miles west of Calcutta, and carried the contagious disease to other states. More than 15.000 persons a day pass through the station. Some inevitably have smallpox, a disease not understood by illiterate peasants who often think the initial rash is a gift from a Hindu goddess. One smallpox victim recently boarded a train at Tanagar and got off in neighboring Madhya Pradesh state. That one passenger started an epidemic of 464 new- cases and 76 deaths in an area previously free of smallpox, said the' World Health Or- ganization (W.H.O.) India is considered the last major barrier to a smallpox- free world that the W.H.O hopes to achieve by 1975. "But we can't eliminate smallpox from India until we stop the disease from being carried through the Tatanagar railway station." said a senior W.H.O. official. Last month W.H.O. and local health authorities drew up a battle plan. It was simple: seal off all the station's doors and make sure everyone entering or leaving was vaccinated. The plan worked well for three weeks. More than 60 ac- tive smallpox cases were de- tected on the railway platforms and an average of 2.500 persons were vaccinated daily. Pamper Dad with a watch gift from Eaton's Father's Day, June 16th Seiko, Bulova and Caravelle Watches Watch him smile with pleasure when you present him with a smart watch on his day, Father's Day, June 16th. Look at the range to choose from beautiful styles and designs in regular wind, automatic wind or accu- trons. A gift that is bound to please. Seiko 135 Bulovas 125 Caravelle Watches M EATON'S Shop Eaton's tonight (Thursday) until 9 and Friday to 9 for Father's Day gifts. Use your Eaton account Credit terms available. Buy Line 328-8811. es. SIBERIA Life is hard, cold and expensive in Soviet icebox MOSCOW (Reuter) The greatest domestic challenge facing the Soviet Union is how to attract millions of people into Siberia-and keep them there. Life in Siberia is hard, cold and expensive. Living costs are about 40 per cent higher than the national average for extra food in winter, padded clothing and thousands of miles of air trips back to the west for visits and holidays. But offering people higher wages is not the answer. Often, men working in the highest wage categories are the first to quit. They can always find jobs back in the warmer, western zones which offer" as much without any of Siberia's drawbacks. More people are leaving Siberia than moving into it. The Russian press, television and radio are luring many young Russians away to adventure and a play on the theme of national patriotism. Fluctuations in the Siberian labor force are than in the worst afflicted areas of the Russian federation in the warmer west. A. S. Ladinsky, the Soviet engineer who designed and built the small Siberian town of Akademgorodok for scientists and their families in a pine forest, told Russian readers that more people are deserting Siberia than are going there. "Generally, people blame the climate but that's not true. It's not the frost that causes the trouble because the highest degree of human movement is out of areas which have the best climate." He pointed to over-burdened family costs as one cause ol the problem. Russian families moving into Siberia often hope to earn higher they invariably save up rapidly to buy a house and a car back home in the west. They find, however, that the Siberian cost of living eats away their savings. Siberia poses a whole inter-related series of social problems, apart from the chief concern of extracting the region's vast natural wealth in the most economical way. The problem is: How can'the state keep regiments of young workers in Siberia healthy and entertained during their long work stints in the far north or east? Not long ago. television sets were dumped by helicopters before TV programs were received in the region. That situ- ation now is being remedied with a system of satellite com- munication covering all regions. In one large Siberian township, where a big hydro-electric plant was built and where Russians- live, the quality of life has sunk to unacceptable levels lor manv. Shop talk Progressive Conservative Party Leader Robert Stanfield, talks with shop workers while mainstreeting in Niagara Falls, Ont., Wednesday. And everywhere he went he talked about the "shocking" and "alarming" increases in the cost of living announced earlier in the day. Cancer patients protest WINNIPEG (CP) A crowd of cancer patients, some saying they have only months to live, berated Health Minister Saul Miller and the provincial government Wednesday for not starting an addition to the Manitoba Cancer Foundation and Rearch Centre. The group said Manitobans had raised for a two- floor research addition on the strength of a 1970 promise that the federal government would match every dollar. Now. they said, the Manitoba government should collect the federal share and begin construction immediately. The patients, many of them in wheelchairs and including young children suffering from leukemia or Hodgkins' disease, said the provincial government is choking facilities, they will leave the province. The Lethbridge Herald think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS He is the minister responsible lor the Canadian Wheat Board. Who is he? HOW DO YOU RATE? yj ,0 so points Good 91 to 100 points TOP SCORE 61 to 70 points SI to 90 point! Etcrftenl. 60 or Under' M'mrrf FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What changes In international relations do you foresee as more nations develop nuclear "VrTinFNTS "his Practice Examination! aiuucni? Va. Material for Exams. YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Israel and signed a troop disengagement agreement in Geneva, Switzerland. a-Syria b-Jordan c-Lebanon 2 The agreement calls for the stationing of United Nations troops in a buffer zone between the two sides. True or False? 3 A Protestant-led general strike in Northern Ire- land led to the collapse of the provincial coalition government headed by a-Ian Paisley b-Liam Cosgrave c-Brian Faulkner 4 French President Valery Giscard ap- pointed Jacques Chirac, a (CHOOSE ONE: Social- ist, as Premier. 5 RCMP Commissioner announced the force will begin accepting women recruits. PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. I.....expedient a-erase or remove com- pletely 2.....exploit b-clear, definite 3.....expunge 4.....explicit 5.....exuberant c-take unfair advantage of d-joyously -unrestrained, enthusiastic e-hclpful, convenient PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take -ri points for names that you can correctly match with the Bournes a a-Premier, New Bruns- wick 2.....Jean Urspeau b-Mayor, Montreal 3.....Richard Hatfit-ld e-Mayor, Toronto 4.....Kd fccbreyer d-Prcmier, Quebec 5.....David Crombie e-Premier, Manitoba _____' ]nC REVERSE PAGE ;