Shortly, the father lost his Government job and became a healer, dispensing traditional Oriental potions. Residents of Curau and Inex are aware of this difference and use it to imitate each other. He had been urged to give up cigarettes, but he persisted in smoking. By all accounts, Ho was vocal and energetic, meeting all the reigning Communists and helping to organize the Krestintern, or Peasant International, for revolutionary work among colonial peoples.
This group was a conglomeration of restless Algerian, Senegalese, West Indian and Asian exiles in Paris who were united by a fervid nationalism and, to a lesser extent, by a common commitment to Communism. On its suppression by the French, Ho was sentenced to death in absentia. That Government was largely a paper affair, but it permitted Ho to court vigorously the American Office of Strategic Services. His faith was now transferred to Socialist action. I write the allophones distinctly as a frank concession to English speakers and in imitation of Verdurian transliterations.