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FIRST ROYAL INTERVIEW FROM SEAT OF WAR; ;
"WE MUST HAVE WAR TO INSURE PEACE"
BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
London, Eng., Aug. 8? When I
went tp Southwestern Europe last
year to report the famous ritual case
flrTttre.3gxanoei of Sdrvia.
for The Day Book I passed through
Servia, at Belgrade. I made friends
with a Servian, journalist, who sends
me the following remarkable inter
view with Crown Prince Alexander of
His people call the young crown
prince "Alexander of Macedon" be
cause they think his victories in
Macedonia over the Turks during the
recent war in the. Balkans earned him
the right to be compared with the
great Greek commander who sighed
for "new worlds to conquer."
Like the greater Alexander, the -Servian
prince is small of stature, but
judged by his sturdy handshake his
physical energy is extraordinary. His ;
large brown eyes peer shrewdly
through glasses that seem worn '
more to veil his thoughts and emo
tions than because he has physical -need
of them. His features are large
but regular and a silky black mus
tache shadows his scarlet upper lip.fc
Confidently, Alexander, crown
prince of Servia, talked to me of his '
plans and hopes a few days after the
Austrian invasion of Servia applied
the match which has set Europe flam
ing in the greatest war in the history
of the world.
First, the crown prince tells why
this war is necessary.
In his words: -
"This war was necessary that later
we may have an assured peace in
which to develop the internal re
sources of our country. For years we
have been surrounded by neighbors ;
far from friendly and I have labored -to
prepare Servia for the attack now '
made upon her by our greatest en-,
"Our army is well organized. Our
artillery is entirely French, therefore'
marvellously effective. It will soon
show its incomparable superiority to
that of our enemies, which is wholly '
"Russia and France will come to
our aid in this great crisis," the young
prince continued with quivering
voice. "My father, King Peter, fought
in the ranks of the .French army in.
1870 against the Prussians and for
his bravery in battle was 'decorated ,
with the Cross of the Legion of
Honor. Today France will pay her
debt of gratitude a thousandfold.
"The. world expects great things of
you, her military idol," I ventured, to