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BALKAN BEAUTY $m6 FIGHTS TJ&RKS BESIDE JHER
SOLDIER LOVER TELLS HER OWN STORY
The whole Servian army is He was keenly interested in
talking abeut Sophia Yovano- any political movement which
vitch, "the. queen of the Servian might help achieve, his, ideal of a
troops. ' She eems destined to
be immortalized in her country's
history as the first woman tp en
terthe field against the Turks'.
This beautiful girl of 19, with
expressive,-dark blue eyes and the
face of a madonna, is at the fronts
in the garb off a common soldier,
carrying a. carbine and enduring
all the toil and fighting. Every
man in the army treats her as a
She distinguished herself in a
battle with the Albanian Turks
by fighting in the trenches and
then climbing tp the. top of a
blockhouse exposed' to a deadly
Tine fire,Jaurled a bomb intothe
M;ss Yovanovitch is engaged
tp a handsqme "military engineer
vhq is a member of the same
company, and is fighting by her
side. r They are to be'marfied as
soon as the war is over, and are
then coming to America.
Here is the Soldier Queen's
own' story of how she came to
"join the army, and her adventures
air the front, as secured by Wm
G. Shepherd, The Day Book staff
correspondent in Europe.
By Sophia Yovanoytch.
I was born at Belgrade, on Jan.
26, 1893, 'and my parents were
comfortably well off. My father
and his parents at onetime owned
Sophia Yovanovitch- and her
own signature, vritten in the pe
culiar Servian script. "Comitatje"
is h tr military organisation.
free Serbia. For aver 20 years he
a great deal of land in Macedonia, helonge'd'to a Comitatje, an inde-
and had suffered much at the pendent andjrregular band of
hands of the Turk. Christians who helped to keep.