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FULL WIRE REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
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500 S. PEORIA ST.
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Vol. 2, No. 24 Chicago, Friday, Oct. 25, 1912
TEL. MONROE 353
One Cent
YOUNG MONTENEGRIN WARRION THE FIRST REAL
HERO OF THE BALKAN WAR
An authentic story from an
eyewitness of a recerit engage
ment between the Montenegrins
and the Turks reads like the fa
mous tale of Arnold Winkelreid,
who lived and died over five cen
turies ago.
A small band of Montenegrins
were crossing the border into Eu
ropean Turkey when the killing
fire from a Turkish blockhouse
near J3erane stopped them.
EiFher the Montenegrins must
turn back, defeated, or they must
drive the Turks from the block
house. To try to take the blockhouse
by assault meant sure death -fg.r
theatfacking soldiers, and yetr2o
other way seemed possible, un
til A young Montenegrin warrior
darted frpm the firing line and
rushed straight for the block
house. It seemed to mean certain
'death. As he came into the open,
within easy rifle ranged he was
greeted tyylMsolley after volley
from the Turks' guns.
He was hit,but staggered on
until he reached the Tjlockhouse,
and pressed close to the wall, so
as to be oUt of reach of the rifles
thrust through the portholes
Then the young Black mountain
hero tore off his shirt, set it afire
and swung the blazing torch, at
the end of his gunstock, to the
thatched roof.
In a moment the dry roof was
on fire. Part of the roof, falling"
inr set' off a quantity of powder
the Turks had stored, and some
of the Turks perished in the ruins ;
the rest were forced to surrender.
It took unadulterated heroism
to fire the blockhouse, but it is
merely a sample of the courage
displayed by the Montenegrins
during all their centuries of war
against the-Turks.
It is the kind of daring that
"made -vvay for liberty" July 9,
1386, when a few hundred mile,
northwest of 3erane, a small
band of Swiss-patriots faced the!
solid' phalanx of an Austrian
tyrant
Then, as James Montgomery
years afterwards wrote:
So still, so dense, the- Austrians
stood,
A living wall, a human wood;
Impregnable their front appears,
All-horrent with projected spears.
It meant death to fall upon
that living line of pointed spears,
-" - - hmmk

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