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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THt IfTHMIOef HRAID Morcli 1971 Parents refuse to have children inoculated Why polio killed in a puritan village STIU AllVE AFTER 8 STOREY FALL Gary is in hospital in Toronto suffering from severe Internal Injuries after falling from an eightstorey win dow In his apartment In Arrow points to window from which he SAVE Tuo 60 ON MUFFLER REPLACEMENTS WE HAVE A MUFFLER FOR MOST CARS FREE INSTALLATION 10 MINUTE INSTALLATION LIFETIME GUARANTEED MUFFLERS FREE INSPECTION AND ESTIMATES All AT IIMUTB INSTALLATIONS Phone 3288134 509 oth Avenue South Gets 10 years in rape ease EDMONTON CP ard of was sentenced to 10 years on two charges of He also pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful detention with intent to have illicit sex ual three of unlaw ful two of pointing a firearm and cue of carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to one year concur rent on The charges were laid after two teenage girls weie abduct ed In separate incidents last By SUE London Observer Service THE HAGUE More than 30 children are polio victims in a minor epidemic in Holland which should never have hap were infected be cause their members of the isolated strict Calvinist community in and around Stap refused to have their children according to the local the Reverend Pieter is Interfering with a healthy body and antici pating the Will of The Bible says that a sick man needs a but not a healthy and thus the ma jority of the children in Stap horst were not inoculated on February 28 when the local health authorities diagnosed three cases of Four thousand of the children in the area have now been inoculated against but in the meantime three chil dren have died and at least 16 of the young victims will be paralysed for the rest of their The polio virus which caused this particular epidemic is one of the most dangerous types known to the medical where the inhabi tants still wear traditional Puri tan is a legend even within It is a must on the tourist but the inhabitants flee from the busloads of camera clicking foreigners who invade the vil lage every summer The Rev erend Pieter Dorsman rules his flock with a rod iron and the fear of the Radio and television are as is such frivolity as dancing and The centuries old Dutch country custom of courting a girl by climbing through her bedroom window at night anc marrying her only when she is pregnant is still followed faith What use is a farmers wife who cannot produce healthy sons and daughters to lend a hand down on the farm reasoned their agricultural fore Until a few years ago Stap horst even took justice into its own Those who offendec against the strict moral laws governing the community were irought before a Volksgereclna ocal The punish ment for those who wanted to marry other than the girl they had or for adult was often a ride through he village in the dung Those who were unwilling to comply with unwritten village aws and customs were worked over by the village a risk still run by visitors who are oo The village council put a stop o the Volksgerecht officially five years after its treat ment of an eternal triangle relationship hit both national and international head Its a said a member of the village council this It was a simple form of justice which the villagers and once the sen tence had been carried out and they promised to respect the rules of the community it was all over and I found it very democratic The polio epidemic has shak en the faith of Staphorsts Cal vinist In the Neth erlands between 90 and 95 per cent of the inhabitants are inoc ulated against teta whooping cough and The small uninocu lated percentage is concentrat ed in a dozen communities near Staphorst in the north or in Zeeland on the isolated is lands of the where the local Church leaders still hold fast to rules laid down hun dreds of years In Holland inoculation against polio takes place by injection with dead Salk Once the polio epidemic in Staphorst broke out the local health auth orities offered the inhabitants the live Sabin as usec in which can be taker on a sugar lump or in Since this is a less medical 400 have still been held back by their In some of the large families birth control is abo frowned upon three or four children have been in hundreds of villag1 cuted because he personally children have toW not to brought their But I has done nothing whatever to the sick Dorsman touch one another all meas ures which are relatively use belongs to a splinter group of less compared with the simple the Dutch Reformed Church remedy which they will not ac known as the Reformed There was also criticism ofi ance the lord will take care of His own and Holland has no national health many of these small farmers will be bankrupted by the cost of their childrens illness and will be unable to afford many of the expensive extras neces sary for the rehabilitation of handicapped In the small communities like Staphorst even oldage pension contribu tions and automobile insurance are The Government has allowed the villagers to put to gether their own fund for thess and have conse ciuently lowered the taxes which they PRICE TOO HIGH But the price of thiee chil drens lives is too high for those outside this isolated commun The Dutch cabinet is ser iously considering making in oculation on the grounds that those who do not comply are endangering the lives of They are also concerned about the number of parents with no objections who have become too casual and have simply forgotten to get their children Several including hu have tried to have the brought I panic has already broken to trial for manslaugh1 Some secondary schools have Since the villagers religious the central Synod of the Dutch objections also stretch to insurReformed Church in the Neth which refusal to inter fere for three Only when the 34th ambulance had raced through the village on March 21 carrying a child to the well equipped hospitals in a nearby city did it issue a statement begging the inhabitants of Stap horst to accept inoculation and to make now and in the of the medical facilities which we may thankfully re ceive from the hand of MOST IPSET The statement says the Synod members are most upset by i the suffering h r o u g nt upon these young people and then families especially since it was humanly possible to avoid it It asked Staphorst Church Serve up the pancakes Council to state publicly once and or all that inoculation is not forbidden by the Bible that you will not be guiltv of the deaths or lifelong paralysis of more inhabitants horst This statement comes time when the health authorities think that they have the epi demic in the village more or less under Only the 400 uninoculated children remain in But in the other dozen Staphorsts in the country the ROGERS1 Pancake Syrup ter or causing grievous bodily The local magistrate has ruled that he cannot be prose been closed par ents are keeping their children at and at some schools Choir picketed LONDON AP About 500 demonstrators with banners de manding freedom for Soviet Jews picketed a concert Mon day night of the Soviet Unions Red Army Some demon strators wore faded pajamas re miniscent of Nazi concentration Police reported no inci CANADAS IMMIGRATION POLICY THE SHAMEFUL HOAX Back home in his native Josef was an experienced Lured to Canada by advertisements and reassur ing words at the immigration he now finds himself In He cant work as an Maybe a low paying factory is available to him or maybe hell go on Why was Josef a skilled tradesman at home but not here And why do we trap immigrants thit way The shameful hoax is exposed this IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE Pouron the Rogers ROGERS PANCAKE SYRUP with the golden flavor of canesugar syrupl And also take home ROGERS GOLDEN SYRUP in tha tin or handy plastic For a free ROGERS RECIPE write Sugar Refining Rogers LMART STORE LOCATIONS 2025 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE COLLEGE MALL 324 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE 420 6th STREET SOUTH MAR LMART STORE HOURS Open Daily 9 to 6 Wednesday 9 to 1 and 9 to 9 THURSDAY TO SATUR0M I TO lEfflENDOUS SELECTION ORIGINATED IN ALBERTA FOR ALBERTA FAMILIES ;