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preacher the Slavs have ever had, has
just reached New York from Serbia.
He looks an old man. He is only
34. But three wars have each added
ten years to his life -
His simply-told, yet heartrending
stories of the almost unbelievable
sufferings of Serbia's lost children
need no embellishing. They hit home
by themselves. Here they are:
Tale No. 1 "One day I was stand
ing outside the Town hall in Nish. A
little girl was in the bread line, and
when it came to her turn she asked
for two loaves. "Oh, please give me
one more," she cried. "I am not
alone. We live six together."
"I made them give her two loaves,
and went with her. We walked for
half an hour, and at last came to a
field. But I saw no house. There
was a little heap of straw, and in
it six little children were playing.
"When they saw Yela coming their
faces lit up, and they ran toward us
with little shouts of joy. This was
the only food they got each day. They
lived in the straw, and Yela was their
Tale No. 2 "In Lazzaravitch I saw
a boy holding a dog by a chain. He
was crying, and a few 'soldiers were
gathered around him.
" 'What is the matter, my little
man?' I asked.
" 'My dog is hungry.'
"He was Marko Markovitch. When
the enemy came his mother told him
to flee, while she remained to look
after the house.
"I did not want to go," he told me.
"I got mydog and we ran away. We
walked for days and days, and we
slept in the fields. Once it snowed.
I have walked half over Serbia, 'and I
am now going back to look for my
mother. We have stopped here for a
" 'Yes, I am hungry. 'But give my
dog something first.' "
Tale No. 3 "Kossera Petrovitch
was the mother of four. She fled
from Resnik to Belgrade and tried to
were 20,000 others waiting there. In
the terrible struggle for trains Kos
sera was left four days.
"Then one of the children strayed.
Where? Who knows? It was lost
"On the fifth day she and the other
three got aboard a train. After 50
miles the second child was crushed to
death on the train. Two days later
another child died.
"Then I saw her with her one re
maining child and no home. She said
" 'I will go home. What does it
matter if I and this one are killed,
Tale No. A "A father is fighting at
the front The mother has died of
typhus. The children are left with
out anybody. Kosta is a boy of 12,
and his sister Vera is 9. They start
to find their father. After many days
of wandering by chance they meet
him. 'Mother is dead. What shall
we do with the house?' they ask.
"The poor father, fighting for his
country what answer could he
There are ten thousand children
looking for their parents like this.
They are known as the "wandering
children" Serbia's babes in the
HBALEY TO ACT ON GLEASON
' AND PTACEK TODAY
The delayed recommendation of
the civil service that Capt Gleason of
Austin and Capt John Ptacek of
Lawndale be suspended temporarily
was made by the civil service com
mission this morning when Percy
Coffin, president of the commission,
arrived downtown. Gleason was
former chief of police.
Chief Healey will act on the recom
mendation from the committee this
afternoon. The commission wants
them off the force while they probe
the slush fund charges.
The case against Lieut Matthew,
Zinimer, Filmore station, was con.-'
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