Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
40 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, September 5, 1973 Fallen Czechs kept under Red thumb PRAGUE (Reuterl Five years after Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia, hun- dreds of the prominent men and women purged from power foflowing Alexander Dubcek's downfall still are eking out liv- ings in menial jobs. In the heady days of the lib- eral "Prague spring" of 1968, they helped guide Czechoslo- vakia's destiny as high Com- munist officials, diplomats, civil servants, newspaper editors and broadcasters. This was the period when Czechoslovaks under Dubcek, then Communist party chief, were pressing forward with a policy of reforms they called "socialism with a human face" policy that resulted in the invasion of the night of Aug. 20, 196C, by hundreds of thous- ands of Sonet-led troops. Today these once prominent people stoke boilers, drive bull- dozers, wash cars, dig Prague's new underground railway and work as cloak-room attend- ants. REFUSED TO RECANT Purged from their positions of influence and mostly refusing to recant their views, the fallen liberals of 1968 are reduced to earning their keep in jobs which are obscure, unsuitable, inse- cure and often ill-paid. Unwilling to repeat Czech- oslovakia's reign of terror of the 1950s, party leader Gustav Husak has allowed most of them to remain at liberty. j 1 1' GUARANTEED SAVINGS CERTIFICATES Interest Payable Monthly, Quarterly, Semi-Anr.ually, Annually or Compounded to Maturity MEM3ER CANADA DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION FARMERS MERCHANTS TRUST Yet the passage of time has done nothing to ease the sever- ity of their disgrace and they have not been permitted to re- turn to the important posts for which they are qualified and experienced. The Communist party keeps a close eye on their present ca- reers, and intervenes to pre- vent promotion and to keep sal- aries at a low level. Fresh purges, which have slowed but never caased, con- tinue to add to their numbers. Some liberals face the threat of being purged a second or third time into even lower employ- ment. RAN ELEVATOR This was the fate of a former Czechoslovak diplomat posted in Moscow who took a job as a lift-boy in a Prague hotel after having to leave the for- eign ministry. When a group of visiting Russian officials recog- nized him and unknowingly greeted him with bear-hugs, he. was promptly banished to work in the cellars out of the public eve. Window cleaning apparently has none of these drawbacks and has attracted a good few recruits. A former newspaper editor who turned up for his first day's work found himself being trained for the job by a one-time foreign ministry offi- cial. Another newspaper editor cleans cars, a former senior editor of the Czechoslovak news agency Ceteka drives trucks, and a scientist once employed at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences now earns his living by stoking office boilers over- night. Shuitz to tour A former television announc- er was relieved of his job as a gas station attendant because customers flocked to him in a demonstration of solidarity. WASHINGTON George Shuitz, United States treasury secretary, will visit Russia, Yugoslavia and West Germany in early October, the treasury department said Fri- day. Exact dates for the trip to Russia and Yugoslavia were not j announced, but a spokesman said the visits would follow the meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Nairobi, Sept .24-29. 309 7th St. S.f Lethbridge Phone 32S-5548 SPICY READING That's what you gef this Saturday In in Weekend Magazine. Don't mis_s Margo Oliver's proven recipes using green pepper. Clip out and keep all eight of them Vegetable Rice. Succotash, Cauliflower Saup, Chilled Corned Beef and Cabbage, Stuffed Peppers, CRental Pep- pers, Cheese and Bacon Salad, and Potatoes, Cabbage and Green Peppers. 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Telephone 328-9231 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP) Your family pet may be the source not only of affection but also in- fection, an authoritative medi- cal publication warned Friday. "Although pets bring muck pleasure and companionship to their the bi-monthly Medical Letter said, "they also occasionally transmit such dis- eases as visceral larva mi- grans, toxoplasmosis, psitta- cosis, cat scratch fever, and salmonella gastroenteritis." j Only a few cats and dogs i transmit diseases to humans. i the article said. Most of the ill- nesses are uncomfortable at the I worst and clear up themselves, j but some can cause birth de- j fects and even death. i I Pregnant women, for ex- ample, are strongly advised not to empty the cat's litter box be- cause a common intestinal parasite called toxoplasma gon- dii can damage the brain or other organs of an unborn child without producing symptoms in the mother. Another parasite common to I dogs and cats can produce bronchitis fever and other j symptoms in children who may i unknowingly eat the eggs. I BIRDS CAUSE FEVER Two of the most common dis- eases passed along by birds are I psittacosis, called "parrot fe- I ver" although usually from parakeets, -Mich is marked by fever, headache and lung dis- ease, and "bird fanciers' characterized by chills, fever, difficulty in breathing, coughs and wheezes. Pet turtles have been Warned for family outbreaks of salmon- ella gastroenteritis or intestinal upset, which usually clears up in a few days. The disease is usually spread when children handle the turtles and put their fingers In their mouths, when aquarium water is dumped into the kitchen sink or turtles are placed in dishes used for food. The U.S. government has clamped tight controls on inter- state shipment of turtles. Cats and dogs also are sources of cutaneous larva mi- grans, hookworms which irri- tate the skin, and pasteurclla multocida, carried by about 50 per cent of healthy animals. This usually causes local in- fection after a bite but can spread and cause serious symp- toms. A person bitten or scratched ay a cat can suffer "cat scratch marked by swollen ymph nodes which may not subside for months. Rigid vaccination laws have reduced the danger of rabiea from dogs, the publication said.