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Miygi m j WiJiwmjf
"'"The popular impression among
American women that the wives of
the orental harems are rebellious love
slaves, eating their hearts of in bit
terness and jealousy, is "all wrong.
They are the happiest women imag
inable. The lives of the sultan of
Solo's many mates are for the most
part sunny, with duties and pleasures
mingled so as to produce content.
Their first concern, of course and
this is racially inborn is to rear chil
dren. And the palatial enclosure is
Bimply alive with romping, cooing
"The wives here are not veiled as
they are in Turkey. They have a
ireat deal of freedom, coming and
going within the royal city much as
ttiey please. Theaters and special
functions are provided for their pleas
ure, just as schools are maintained
for the children.
"The sultan of Solo, a handsome
man of 40, is always marrying some
gew wife. And, because of the dis
nction such attention confers upon
the family of each additional bride,
he practically has his choice of any
unmarried native woman.
"The older he gets the younger are
the new wives he selects. The same
is true of the sultan of Djokya, the
other soldan of Java, who ia now in
his 75th year.
"There is no doubt that the people
-ahd there are 45,000,000 in Java
are happier under the Dutch govern
iient rule than they were when the
pultans and the princes exercised full
control. Before that the sultan could
tak6 anything he coveted gold,
ctops, animals, daughters and wives,
as his fancy dictated. Now there is
' ''But among the upper caste of na
tives there is smoldering discontent
at the restrictions exercised upon
their old licentious freedom. It might
break into flame at any time.
"The Dutch government realizes it
afld for that reason the authorities
naVe mounted cannon overlooking
the palace enclosure, trained into the
four corners of the waD, ready to
blaze away at the slightest sign of
"The sultan of Solo, who has his
own regiment of soldiers, and who
still exercises an almost unbelievable
sway, despite his subservience to the
government, would only have to give
a sign to have every white person in
Java wiped out of existence."
, (e. tva Gauthier.
W. J. Harvey sued for $25,000 by
A. G McKmley, in circuit court. Al
leged slander. '
ueorge Hansen, 4012 N. Paulina,