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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 08, 1912, Image 9

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STRIPPED' OF GORGEOUS UNIFORMS AND FORCED TO
DRILL, FAMOUS SWISS GUARD ALMOST MUTINES
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Photograph shows a group of the Swiss guard in their old uniforms
and strange halberds.
Special Correspondence.
Rome April 8. Mutiny in the
famous Swiss' guard at the Vati
can. Almost, and if stringent meas
ures had not been taken there is-
no telling how far it might have
gone. The stringent measures
consisted in retiring on full pay
for life a sergeant of the corps
who led the protest. It is hoped
that this severe step will stop all
murmuring.
The trouble started when
Giulio Repond succeeded Baron
Meyer as commandant of the
Swiss guard, and" started to mod
ernize the corps. But the guard
didn't want to be modernized. It
was thoroughly satisfied with its
picturesque costumes of red,"
green and yellow, designed by
Michael Angelo.
.Its only weapons were hal
breds and its military duty con
sisted largely in kneeling- when
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