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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 28, 1912, Image 9

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THE STORY OF FIRE -AND SHELL FROM ADRIAIXIZ
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A panoramic view in the residential section of Adrianople, which is
reported on fire from the Bulgarian gunsr
The Balkan allies,, understand
full well what Adrianople means
Both to the Turks and to the be;
sieging forces. If Adrianople
falls, the cry "Onto Constanti
nople" will resound throughout
the whole of the Balkan penin
sular. If the Turks can hold Adria
nople, they have no need to fear
for their capital. But with Adna-
ople in the Balkan states grasp,
;the railway Junction at "Kuleli
Burgas, 20 .miles south, would be
theirs, and that would cut Tur
key from her western possessions
and bottle up the strong Turkish
forces at Salonica and Mbnastlr.
Adrianople is on the Maritza
river just above where it is joined
by the Arda and the Tundra riv
ers Long before Christ it was a
city of no mean importance. Laid
waste at the beginning of the
Christian era, it was rebuilt by
Emperor Adrian (or Hadrian) in
132 A D., and renamed Adiia
nople. In the fourth century Constan
tine fought one of his most bril
liant hattles there, and fifty years
later the savage Goths took the
city. In 1361, six years after the
Turks had first set foot on Euro
pean soil, Murad, the last of the
Ottoman rulers called "prince,"
captured Adrianople and made it
his European capital, which dig
nity it pejained until gxg fall of
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