DURING the recent cold spell in the United States the temperature in the White House was reduced to 65 degrees. Mrs Carter wept.
Bishop Topei of Spokane, Washington, who is 73, keeps his house at 42 degrees and wears thermal underwear and ski socks.
The Bishop wrote in his diocesan paper "My reason for these low temperatures is to save money for the poor." He often wears a hat, overcoat, scarf, gloves and the majestic, clumping, American equivalent of galoshes. The house dips into the 30s at night, but he does not let the house freeze.
It is a four-room house in a• racially mixed and low income part of the city. He sold the former mansion and bought this one a few years ago for $4,000. He gave the difference to projects which helped the poor.