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samp fever and joyfully prepared to
nurse him. But the sick man turned
his cold gray eye upon her and re
marked sternly: "Please go away; I
am far too ill to be nursed."
Next day she returned This time
the hero's face was to the wall. But
a sign, written in large black letters,
hung above his averted shoulders.
"Too ill to be nursed," it read.
The poor girl never came back.
It was his thirteen years' campaign
in the Soudan which won Kitchener
his elevation to the peerage, money
grant of a million dollars and his su
preme place in the affections of the
British public and the British sol
diers. The enemy he conquered was
no easy foe.
Tommy Atkins' respect for the
Soudanese fighter was expressed in
Kipling's poem, "Fuzzy Wuzzy":
"You're a poor, benighted heathen,
but a first-class fightin man!"
Grimly, resolutely, Kitchener pur
sued the khalifa and his fanatic
hordes, laying a railroad through the
desert as he advanced until at last he
met and defeated him in ihe great
battle of Omdurman, killing 17,000 in
one day. He finished his job by blow
ing up the sacred tomb of the mahdi,
scattering the prophet's bones over
the desert sands. In England he was
much criticized for this action, which
Kitchener explained by saying:
"My instructions were to destroy
the enemy. I destroyed also the rest
ing place of the false prophet, for the
war in the Soudan was a war of re
ligious fanaticism, and so long as that
tomb remained it would have been a
rallying point for rebellion."
Though Kitchener's god is the god
of battles, he seeks tranquility of gar
dens. Flowers are his delight. When
in Egypt he bought an island In the
Nile and made of it an oasis of bloom.
Even in war he has been known to
dismount from his horse to pick a
wayside blossom. Even the woman
of his heart is known as "Morning
When they made Kitchener war
minister the other day he moved his
bed into the war office!
THE WILKERSON OUST PROBE
Comes a report from Washington
that Dis't Att'y Wilkerson is going to
have a warm session before the sen
ate judiciary sub-committee tomor
row. The sub-committee is inquiring in
to his removal and the appointment
of Charles F. Clyne in his place.
Clyne was appointed on the re
quest of Sen. Ham Lewis. Clyne was
one of the men who worked for Lewis
in the Illinois legislature.
It has been charged by Wilkerson's
friends that he was removed on ac
count of the numerous probes of Big
Business he has begun.
His "latest" offense appears to
have been the investigation into the
high cost of living. The subcommit
tee plans to make it warm for him on
account of a number of interviews he
is accused of having given out, in
which he told about the Standard Oil
Co. data which is said to be buried
somewhere in the Department of
"BOUND TO THE DEATH"
Prague. Discussing the European
situation, the Radical-Czech paper,
"Ceske Slovo," says that, should a
doubt ever have existed, above all, in
Slavonic quarters, as to the solidarity
of the Austro-German Alliance, es
pecially as far as Germany was con
cerned, such doubts must now have
been entirely dissipated. The des
tinies of the Austrian monarchy and
the German Empire are inseparably
tied together by alliance to the death.
A FAMOUS REGIMENT
Paris. The Grenadier Guards have
a wonderful list of battle honors, be
ginning with "Tangier, 1860." Ap
propriately enough, the second honor
is "Namur, 1695." There will probably
be a "Namur, 1914," for some regi
ments' colors. And then, perhaps, the
Grenadiers will be there again.