INTERNATIONAL: Bulgaria Starts the Cure

At 1:45 p.m. on the first day of the year a hand in a Sofia broadcasting station set a pickup on a revolving record.

Out on the air waves went a voice: "Today we meet the New Year with renewed hope for a better future for Bulgaria and with a firm belief in justice. But let us at this solemn moment not forget the national proverb: 'God helps him who helps himself'. . . ." The speech lasted until 2 p.m. At 2:05 the man whose transcribed voice had spoken those words stepped...

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