World: The Bitterest Winter

BY a nasty turn of nature, the weather in Czechoslovakia this winter has proved to be as chilling as the political climate. From the frigid Danube to the snow-laden Carpathian Mountains, the unfortunate country is shivering under the most extreme cold in 40 years.

A severe fuel shortage adds to the country's gloom and discomfort. Because of slowdowns by the coal miners, the people have received only half of the coal that they need to keep warm. Private homes are bitterly cold. After work, many Czechoslovaks immediately get into bed under eiderdowns in an effort to keep warm. Even the hospitals are...

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