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Miss Mary Durham, tHe war cor
respondent, who has lived in
Montenegro for 12 years, and was
so proud, she told me, to see the
first gun fired on Wednesday.
"And I have been out every
day," she said. "It is more diffi
cult to reach the firing line be
cause the Montenegrins are ad
vancing. "But I liked hearing the shells
swishing, though I lay flat, while
the Turks fired. To women keen
on this war it seems almost too
goad to be true."
Miss Durham is helping to
nurse the wounded neac,Scoutari.
The awful price the nation is
paying smote one's heart at the
hospital, where the king's physi
cian, Dr. Mantanovich, is toiling
day and night with one male as
sistant and a few devoted women.
I saw him probing the wound
of a man of 60, who -sat "stripped
to the waist, supported by two
other old men, upon a plain deal
table in a room like a barn.
The bullet was found and ex
tracted and the wound hastily
dressed. The man never fainted
or groaned, but his face glistened
He had heen wounded two
hours before and brought in upon
a horse. His case is hopeless.
The doctor dealt with 12 cases
in one hour, and I helped him
with bandages and sponging
The contrast between his mod
ern skill and the eighteenth cen
tury conditions in which he work
ed was gruesome.
There we're no wagons for the j
wounded. The worst cases canie
on stretchers, generally borne by
Albanians in queer "black and
white costumes with woolen
scarfs tied over iheir faces, as
though they suffered from per
I saw 300 Turkish prisoners
lined up before the military head
quarters and then marched off to
prison, with a. piece of bread each.
Every man over 18 and under
65 is in the firing line except those
needed for Administration in the
Women bring up ammunition,
fodder and food in trains of bul
lock wagons. There are hundreds
of wojnen under arms. I traveled
part of. the way with the wife of
a Servian colonel, whose husband
and son, a l)oy of 16, are at the
front, "With "the army. She had a
gun, and was going to join them.
There are no newspapers print
ed now. Women gather at the
barracks to hear the names of' the
known dead and wounded. So
many men of the same names are
fighting that dreadful perplexity
The Montenegrin main army's
artillery is superior to the local
Since leaving London I have
traveled in 14 trains, two ships.
and 260 miles by road; done in
English-speaking people here
"have agreed to call Podgoritza,j
".Pod" for short.
Some 5,000 Mahssori tribes
men are attacking the Turks from
the rear. Hundreds have arrivecf
at Podgontza seeking arms,