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ITtakes three generations to make a gentleman and longer to makea king. For in the code of caste royalty Is ,the pinnacle of gentle breeding, of courage, of culture and of all accomplish ments attainable by man. True, the opinion has not always been unanimous that rulers have possessed these virtues. Once upon a time an in surgent courtier declared to one of the English Georges: "Birth made you a king. but God Al mighty could not make you a gentle man." Out of Serbia, that land of immemorial misery, has been thrust a prince ances tored by a peasant warrior four genera tions back who by his clean living, his heroic behavepr at the head of his people in war, his gentleness and above all his justice has redeemed the shame of a race of profligates only to find himself a king without a country when those he was set over to rule had learned to love him. Prince Alexander of the Karageorge vitch dynasty, regent ruler of a phantom kingdom since the abdication of his father, King Peter, in July, 1914, is com manding what I-emains of the Serbian army "somewhere in France." Recently he visited England and be not only was a guest of Britain's royal family, but was shown marked attention and respect by the Prince of Wales and other members of that reigning house. Until the beginning of the var, when unhiappy Serbia was made the pretext for precipitating the conflict, King Peter had received scant recognition as a reign ing sovereign. True, the powers has forg-ven him the a t o- K Alxne n ue Drga1 wic endd te ynatyof breovtchan No ws t ntry b ce ee al Iuspetemanof gultyongwerg tof ake plo or Belgrae codc ocsted royalty it he mennory of tegenbdhints of theurenfculr and strall coplshs lnimus thaste rthrouh decadessed thisitonsho Onee upn ai youth andn thren ouofrie dardned oneo urgin inglish Gors: fBchs rH aeventya wheng ht GdcAl-d Oand Sba threesoreand ofve inmemoa riery whapirspshv beenthutapic ance fered byaesofan wariobladineou tios ba44 wo by ing cleter livg his theroya peal~atethe helgad, nd hispepl oftored iateoly utl fndhimeplsio ain frtout ah country Pares thse the hos rinceo Axlexandter ounKgee-a set dynsty, ret Fruerc Wes apantm igo sienwa the abdirdgeation i fa'mthe Kineter, Incesty, and had the princlng secur atree o the Sebanh hobe ie Engan an baest onlyapias. abluedth fBiamin's roya gratihym bu asr ishlowaked Tteeto anrespect bym theon rin tofe Wales andohr mmors, oftt eigning oubste fben.ryl evntil the royatyiasnren of thac-r we qunhrem erian more meeti the dpretx eneTheai od.nPter' ofm eldvtc nand zx6,- za 'e r variety for the roysterer. There were queens of the half world, the opera and the salons. Peter knew them all. Many tales are related of the swaggering offl cer's escapades, and some of the scan dals, were sordid. And Serbia, then under reign of the Obrenovitch Milan, knew what pet er did.' In a way Milan was loved for his sol diprly qualities and his democratic poli cies. A state ball at Belgrade In the t imeP of Milan Included the butcher, the lbakpr and ran dlestick-maker. One was a s apt to m eet a milk magnate as a m ilord . a hrewer ac; a baron. Milan was a sensualist, oppnly, brazen ly., almost prouidly. His affairs d'amour were so numerous and followed with such quick succession that attempt to chronicle them would require a book. Moreover, they soon ceased to excite mrore than passing curiosity in his own capital except when an added tax was suspected of defraying the expense. In these crises the wise Milan went to MS t 55M DerneeGeorde Xergegevow Pais otth ars fth fuoug an dain-ros utt te aiso mardetoul for the momteerTer There cameis ftrel wortheraga ahnd ter salon Drag. butet themthel unay tles reiu relae of the oswauringneer. Hims Miantrsansoed tof the cn-' daplomaticcordid. Andc eri.thed usine nght Ptor potd frditndadw.hu I en stub toa wslv o his tce.Tehs badil joualitese andonis democngthispwife yesAo statchal atrvielradehin que ktle imeselfiand iluoreoded tht hise adwwr h canltik-aer.iOne blask as athrw to methe ilks Dagat beame thelora bewernd ah barpn ad. ad ianwa adeninist, fopenlytedraoen ces amod prsudaly aissse aaes. Itu shouso beumertond fnlpasin th lady-iwaucceg tonrmae that teagat Mchicl ftrst appeard reqcuirt. Whok the thn'sngorosind hsl on oinly secept wnhen hsanadd'd heart but susectent o derayn aten exnse.cn so.In hese crilanhde the wsMiadientt ofahis nt thexadrso h abug reAlry a He = maean- wome noor DMAIC gmd 10? came nominal ruler, subject to a regency established. Before he was seventeen hisoproffigacy was the amazement of Eu rope At eighteen he declared himself of age and stepped upon the throne. And to the wonderment of the world he laid his crown and his life it afterwards proved at the feet of the Draga Maschin who had openly been his father's para mour. The queen mother, Natalie, was furious. She had been endeavoring to make a match for her son with a Mon tenegrin or German princess, but the youth's reputation for licentious rest iessness barred the way. In the end he married Draga. then taunted with her low birth, he said he himself was de scended from a tender of hogs. Nothing could deter him. The marriage took place in 1900. It was the night of June 11. 1903. the thirty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of the king's uncle by Alexander Karageorgevitch. that officers of the army and a mob of followers shot down Alexander and Draga on the roof of - the palace. Then the bodies were tossed into the gardens below that the populace might see the work was fin ished. Eleven days later Peter Karserorge vitch entrained at Geneva for Belgrade, and his coronation followed. The queen. a daughter of the king of Montenegro. Woman Spy Secrets How a woman spy carried official secrets in the bandages on her supposedly broken arm, is a story told in the first issue of the Growler published in the "Canadian Fire Trench West of the German Lines," in war-swept Flanders. Here is the story: "On the Swiss-Austrian frontier." it says, "the regulations are very strict. Women passengers are always more close ly examined than the men. The other day they caught one with her arm'in a sling-a fractured arm set in p1 ster. Despite her tears and supplications they removed the plaster and brought to light an arm as sound as a beli all bandaged with documents of military information. Another woman had notes of information writan nn har hbacr ith indelailen n TlII1M soon found favor with her ney~ people. Peter himself was too old to find allure ment in folly He settled down to rule the land reclaimed to his race. But the profligacy of Serbian royalty was not extinguished. Peter. the rake, had reformed when drained of vitality. But Prince George. heir to the crown, showed willingness to take up the role where his father had laid it down and an aptitude that startled. Finances had been cramped in the Ge neva home of the pretender and for the first time George had ample spending money and unlimited credit. Royally he squandered. Early he showed his preference for women of the theater. His first exploit of consequence involved a pretty actress upon whom he bestowed such conscious favor in the theater and Carries in Bandages The Growler is a unique and very in teresting paper. A recent issue bad twelve pages and from cover to cover was filled with news that indicated that the Canadians were in the thickest of the Flanders operations, that there was mud, and Iota of it, everywhere, but that de spuite the handicaps the soldiers of Can ada were confident that eventually the great drive which would compel the Ger mans to retreat will start. "All communications," . says t h e Growler, "are to be sent direct to the managing editor, Canadian Fire Trench, west of the German lines. A branch offiee is contemplated just in the rear of the Germe reserve lines." tiery page of the Growler showed that the Canadians were impatient to at tempt an erlvsnsc IMAN Prin~ce 'Who Shame is Without a Counhtry in the apartment be maintainedf that the king had him confinedt palace. He delighted In supper parties wh favor passed to the wearer of the fewest clot hes unless It was a tie because there could he no further competition. On oc casion of a religious ceremony he con fronted the solemn procession with a troupe of dancers some of whom wore parts of his princely wardrobe and others the scant costume of their call ing. As the king passed he swayed drunkenly to his feet, called 'Hurrah for papa!' and sprawled on the carriage floor. In a drunken moment he shot a sentry who refus'ed to bite off the head of a live rat, in another frenzy he thrust his sword fatally into a soldier who had of fended him Twice he ran away to Paris with opera singera and had to he forcibly brought back. On an occasion when he knew his planned elopement had been intimated to the king he and a show girl smuggled into a baggage coach, got over the Austrian border, bought a cheap gypsy outfit and took to the road until his pursuers caught up with them. The escapade that forever forfeited his chance to reign occurred during h's father's illness. George was bored unti, a suggestion was whispered, whereupon he oraenizaed a mock court, at upon the &IIONS throne elothed an Naturel. while fan. tastically garbed or not at all garbed sub jects upon whom he had conferred fan tastic and ridiculous titles passed in re view and saluted by kissing his big toe. For this he was disinherited and ban. ished. In the background, during this tumult of the crown prince's making, was the second son of King Peter. He was Prince Alexander. of the same blood as the dis graced youth, but totally different. Alex ander was studious and serious. He . celled in mathematics and had dreams of being an engineer before being called to live in a palace. He was beloved h the troops he commanded and respected by the officers of the army. Alexander was made heir apparent It was a matter of small moment to the chancelleries of Europe, who were dis gusted with the Serbian spectacle. and acknowledgments of the change Rerp perfunctory and frapped. In the two wars preceding the big Issue Alexander acquitted himself creditably Then came the deluge and poor little Serbia was annihilated In July, 1!14. King Peter announced in Belgrade his surrender of the throne to the regency of Alexander and wise men foresaw that defense and occupancy of the country was to be of brief duration. When the Austrians began their serious drile through Serbia there was no chance to stop it. The diminished and diminish ing army fought valiantly but vainly un til the Serb was without country. Through the succession of reverses and since, Alexander has been the id ao his subjects. He has accepted their . ri vations and shared with them h e sou2rces. Hie has provecd himtselft a n.n clean. ionorable, just. A gentleman and a king. Serbia is to be restored. That nturb has been admitted by both sidec As~ a buffer state it is necessary to continued peace. But the occupant of the throne will depend upon who dictates terms at the final surrender. If the allies w in, then King Alexander will ascend a throne sta'ned with much blood in a palace no torious for scandals and shame, and those who know him say that he will cleanse the atmosphere of the foulness of which it has reeked. A gentleman and a kinsgl Alexander cf Serbia. Deran.