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VIENNA REFUSES TO LOOK AT THE WAR FROM
A SERIOUS STANDPOINT
BY WILLIAM a SHEPHERD,
United Press Correspondent
Vienna, Dec. 5 (By Courjer ta New
York, via Rotterdam). Only pathos
and pity are aroused by the aged em
peror in the 'minds of Austro-Hunga-rians.
In his court he is treated al
most as a child. Most of iis days he
spends. in his favorite room in the
palace. The monotony is broken
only by an occasional visitbr.
" One of the favorite postal photos
of the emperor now on sale shows
Tilm seated at a table, his head bowed
in his hands, his face invisible, a pic
ture of helplessness and age. The
picture was taken when the emperor
was weeping and his grief was a pub
The story of it is told by the Vi
ennese in their coffee houses. Dur
ing the early days of the war the em
peror took great pleasure In visiting
the various hospitals and talking
with the wounded. One day he
stopped at the bedside of a wounded
"My good man, can I do anything
for you?" he asked.
The soldier did not answer; he did
not even turn his head.
A nurse, noting the incident,
rushed up to relieve the evident em
barrassment .of the ruler.
"His majesty is speaking to you,"
he said to the soldier, and the em
peror repeated his question.
"Yes," said the man almost
shrieking, "you can put a bullet
through my head."
"Both of his arms and his legs
have been shot away and he Is suf
fering greatly," explained the nurse.
The shock of the.mdaent was too
great for the nerves of the aged mon
arch. He fell into a chair apld sobbed
aloud, while the great tears flowed
down his cheeks. Attendants gently
led him to his carriageand took him
back to the palace. He has not asked
po visit the hospital since.
Coffee house gossip tells the fol
An. artist was admitted tq the pal
ace. "What's doing?" the emperor
demanded, and then continued com
plainingly: "They tell me day after
day that we have won a victory here
and that we have taken so many pris
oners and so many cannon, but "In
spite of these things we don't seem
to get ahead. I cannot under
Vienna is facing a hard winter.
The coal supply is low. Only tie in
fluential can buy fueL The middle
class are refused and up to the pres
ent the government has not inter
fered to force an equitable diatribu
jtlon. The supply of flour and of milk
is also running short, and the news
papers complain that the coffee hous
es are given the milk, while the ba
bies of the poor starve.
Yet, Vienna plays ana will not take
'the war seriously. Even when the
Cossacks were nearer to Budapest
than the Germans ever got to Paris
theaters were burlesquing the war.
One showed the occupants of a cof
fee house, soldiers included, all knit
ting socks. One actor, garbed as an
army officer, explained that he was
knitting for a nurse that had legs
two yards long. Even IT the Russians
do come to town it will not impress
the average Viennese. It will be like
the national lodge of Elks sweeping
down on a convention city. The vis
itors will have to carry their own ra
tions and welcome signs.
Clean mqther-of-pearl articles that
have become dull and blurred with
pure olive on, then apply ordinary
nail brush and rubbing with a cha
mois. For cleaning cream pitchers lhat
have small mouths a clean mucilage
brush, used for this purpose only, will
I be found nsefuL