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, Hamilton Holt Interviews Victor
Emmanuel at the Front, Where
He Lives Rugged Life
of a Soldier.
By GARRET SMITH.
An alliance with Republican France
In the world war for Democracy is per
fectly understandable to every citizen
of the United States. In the case of
our other chief Allies, however, there
are still left same old-fashioned Amer
icans, fed on the king-baiting school
histories of a generation ago, who are
a bit puzzled to find the country of
George Washington lined up with the
"king-ridden** nations of Europe.
But the King of Italy Is not an old
fashioned King at alL
TMS view of Victor Emmanuel as a
./yal democrat Ls strikingly interpret
ed by Hamilton Holt, editor of The
Independent, who has just returned
from italy, where he had a most un
usual interview with His Majesty.
Mr. Holt went to Italy as the repre
sentative of the Italy America So
ciety at the time of the celebration
of the third anniversary of Italy's en
trance into the war. He was received
in Rome with much ceremony.
"Finally, after these formalities
were over," Mr. Holt told me, "I was
conducted up through thc normera
provinces to Uie h?ls just behind the
battle lino. We stopped at a little
villa belonging t<> a small wine
merchant, which liad been requisi
tioned for government usc. There
.were two or three sentinels aboul the
grounds and as many orderlies within.
That was all, no oilier evidence that
it was a post of ar v great importance.
An officer led ni" up to a bed-chamber
on tlie third floor and knocked.
Royal Headquarters Modest.
"Inside I was cordially greeted hy a
modest, middle-aged little man In a
plain uniform that I could scarcely dis
tinguish from that of a common sol
dier, no epaulets, gold braid or medals,
nothing hut a ribbon showing years of
service such as ?my soldier might wear.
After a hearty handshake, hu invited
mo to he seated."
. That was the King of Italy as one
Yankee saw him.
"There was not tho slightest hint cf
royal ceremony about our mooting,"
declared-Mr. Holt. "Ile simply ushered
mo Into his apartment and invited nie
to sit down, ns any private citizen
.would receive another. And it was a
Tory simple little apartment with no
hint of luxury nhout ir. There was a
Simple bed. washstand, hurenu and
two or three little si raight-hack chairs
-chairs that looked as though they
might be of maple. I remarked on the
simplicity of his quarters and he said
they were much better than some he
"In five minutes' time I had lost all
sense of being in the presence of roy
alty. You know that ordinarily court
etiquette demands that a private citi
zen shall not speak to a king In the
course of an Interview except to an
swer His Majesty. Before I realized
it I had forgotten all about that con
vention ?nd we were chatting freely,
asking and answering questions back
and forth and actually swapping yarns
in good old Yankee fashion. He kept
me talking for three-quarters of an
hour and, of course. I had nothing to
do with the length of the call, as I nat
urally followed custom to tho extent
cf walting for him to terminate the
Interview. Tho King speaks a perfect
Ecftlisb, T?as a good sense of humor,
enjoys tolling a good story and enjoys
listening to one. In fact the only dif
rinds Ifely&H '?
il Democrat li '
~ ^ vrV(?ri T?? Kk?4 UVES Efl
? ; -cr*
terence apparent to mc In our status
as I look back on lt was that such an
interview was a very unusual experi
ence for me, while It was not at all un
usual for the King, and I forgot to be
conscious of that at the time.
t "Victor Emmanuel impressed me as
a sort of combination of Colonel House
and the late Frank R. Stockton. Ile Is
a man of simple and charming manner,
without pose, who has thrown himself
heart and soul into the cause of his i
country and Is working for lt night
and day, as hard as any other person j
in Italy. But he prefers to stay be- j
hind the scenes while doing it."
A Hard-working Monarch.
That this unceremonious reception of
a representative of the American De- j
mocracy was no pose for theatrical ef- j
feet is clearly evident from Mr. Holt's
report of what he observed and learn-,
ed of the King's daily routine. The !
Monarch has selected this little villa
for his headquarters on account of its i
location in convenient reach of every
part of the battle-line. Each morning
he rises early, eats a simple breakfast,
bas a light luncheon put up for him,
gets into his automobile and spends
tho day visiting some point on the ?
line, conferring with the officers and \
talking with the soldiers, learning j
their needs first hand and Inspiring ?
thom by his presence and his counsel, j
At night he studies the plans of battle
for the following day and never retires
without sending a letter to his family,
to whom he is passionately devoted.
He has made observations of the
battlefield from dirigibles and aero
planes. At one time In 1?15 he climb
ed to the snow-covered crest of Ranch
kool Mountains when the temperature
was below zero in order that he might
congratulate the Alpiwe troops who
had just captured several Austrian po
Experiences Under Fire.
"In the course of our conversation,"
said Mr. Holt, "he gave me a graphic
description of his experience in one
town near the frontier. The Austrians
discovered his presence in the town J
and began bombarding lt. The King
immediately withdrew from the town
in order that, as he told me,'he might
not unnecessarily imperil the resi
dents. What he did not tell me was
that he departed from the town^pen
ly, for he was evidently much more
concerned for the safety of the people
than he was ?over the peril to his own"
"He ls very much interested in the
mechanics of warfare. He described
graphically the barrage drill of the
Italian troops as he had witnessed it.
"He showed ?me with great glee a
German cross from a captured air
plane he had framed and hung on the
wall of his room. He described th?
different designs he had seen painted
on German planes and was particular,
ly amused at one which had thu design
of a Teddy Bear."'
His Democratic Traditions.
The King's ability to play his pres- :
ont role is the result both of his demo- j
eratic inheritance from his Savoy an
cestors and his Spartan upbringing.
He was tutored by a stern, old army
colonel, who. at the direction of the
boy's royal father, treated him in ev
ery way like the son of a private citi
zen. He has ever since preferred
simple, rigorous living. Hunting and
mountain climbing are among his fa
vorite past ?mes.
'.What did he have to say about the
political and military situation?'' I
"You must remember," Mr. Holt re
plied, "that one cannot quote a King
dir. elly. While we discussed various
phases of the situation very freely, I
would not be at liberty to give a ver
batim report of his opinions. In fact, j
he was careful In talking with me not ,
to express himself positively on mat
ters of state policy. When I en
croached on such ground, he would j
generally counter by asking me what
they'told me in Rome nhout lt.
An Admirer of America.
MPor Instance, I asked him If It wns
true that Italy desired America to
send military aid to her. Ile nsked If
they told me that in Rome.
" 'Yes.' I replied.
.The King said that was right-Italy
did want our aid. He said we could
help particularly by sending them steel
"He expressed a great deal of inter
est In American affairs and the Ameri
can attitude toward the war and kept
me busy answering thoughtful ques
tions about them. He expressed the
greatest feeling of friendship towards
America and appreciation for what we
have already done in the war. He
thought our efforts already made were
It is a goo-i tiling to be rich, and a
good thing to be strong, but lt ls a
better thing to be beloved of many
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slices of bread is a
Cottage cheese wich chopped chives
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Minced hard cooked eggs and sar
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Tongue cut in thin slices with a thin
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j Chopped dates and nuts with a little
? cream cheese.
Equal parts of cold cooked ham and
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Chopped mutton (cold roast or boil
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Chopped fi.^s and peanuts with lem
on juice ; prunes and cottage or cream
Salmon, pickles and olivos. Baked
beans mashed and seasoned with onion
and celery with a dash of lemon juice.
Minced hard cooked eggs, butter,
musturd and a dash of salt and cay
Thin sllres of euor.mber, covered
with scraped onion, dipped in French
Sardines with olives and French
dressing. Water cress dipped in
Cooked liver chopped and seasoned
with onion and celery.
Thin slices of banana sprinkled with
nuts and dipped in French dressing.
Chicken chopped with a few almonds
and bits of celery. Almonds (salted)
chopped and mixed with maple sugar
Equal parts of minced ham, celery
and mayonnaise dressing.
Chopped onions with French dress
ing-fine sandwiches for Sunday night
lu nell, after church.
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