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FIRST ARTICLE. DIRECT FROM BATTLEFIELDS
John Banister is today one tf the leading war correspondents
on the firing- line in the Balkans. He won his spurs in the Japanese-
Russian war and in the Portuguese revolu
tion in 191Q. The old war correspondent trav
eled with the headquarters of the arniy and
wrote long 'essays, which were printed some
time. The new, twentieth century war cor
respondent gets to the front by hook or crook,
writes his story on "horseback or in any army
wagon, and hurries with it to the distant mail
station regardless of hardships, lack of sleep
or hunger. Such a correspondent is John
Banister. It is' barely thre"e weeks since the
Montenegrins opened the Balkan war" at
Podgoritza, but today The Day Book, thou-
sands of miles away, prints his story dn ect from the first battlefield.
By John Banister.
Cattaro, Oct. 30. After seeing
Montenegro fighting for her life
at close quarters, I drove 70 miles
during the night through terribly
mountainous roads between Pod
goritza. and this Austrian port to
get this"letter away.
The government has com
mandeered all vehicles and horses
but the ministry of -war lcindly
gave me a place in a powerful
motor-mail van carrying the
French and Servian ministers,
ammunition dnd weapons down
from Cetinje to the king's camp
Podgoritza, which means
'Toot of the Mountain'.'Hes at
the edere of a fertile plainT -Here
is where iher first battle of the
Balkan war wast fo'ught. The
-Montenegrins rushed" the Turk
forts on the mountain and won
a great victory.
Kiner Nicholas dashes about in
J tented field.
The .splendid fighting spirit of
the Montenegrins as a nation in
arms commands admiration, but
the tragedy of their inadequate
equipment for war is appalling.
Montenegro is upon the verge
of starvation. Nearly all the men
are in the firing line, and bread
yesterday cost 25 cents a loaf, be
cause flour is scarce and there are
no bakers to bake it
Hotels could sell no beer be
cause the brewery is closed-Hens
continue laying eggs, but are
themselves diminishing. The
government bought a large quan
tity of maize in the spring from
Bulgaria, and this should feed the
army until the end of October.
Fighting takes place on vast
mountain slopes, and any man
hit falls among the rocks. There
is no proper ambulance service
organized to find the wounded,
and no time to attend to the dead.
Many wounded die unfound.
One of the war's heroines' is"
a motor car; and sleeps upon the