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PREPARE VATICAN FOR THE
NEW. POPE ELECTION
Rome, Aug. 24. While the cardin
als of the Sacred College now in
Rome today held the third mass for
His Holiness, the late Pope Pius X.,
hundreds of carpenters, bricklayers
and electricians were preparing the
Vatican for the conclave at which a
successor to the dead pontiff will be
The mass today was celebrated
with increasing pomp and solemnity
and will continue until Aug. 30.
A telegram was received from Car
dinal Parley today stating that be
expected to reach Rome tonight. In
that event he will be the first foreign
cardinal to arrive for the conclave.
Preparing the Vatican for the con
clave is a stupendous task and the
work will be rushed so that the quar
ters which will be isolated while
voting for the new pope is in prog
ress may be ready by Aug. 31. The
Court of St Damaso first will be wall
ed off and separate cells, where the
cardinals will be segregated during
the conclave, will be constructed. '
Hundreds of other workmen in theJ
sisune cnapei, wnere we actual Bal
loting is conducted, are erecting the
65 thrones which the cardinals will
occupy when the votes are being
taken. These thrones are being plac
ed around the walls, and over each
will be a baldaquin.
Uppn the election of the new pope
all of the baldaquins over the thrones
save that occupied by thq cardinal
who has been chosen will "fall to the
The section of the Vatican which
is isolated for the conclave includes
the pauline and sistine chap'els, the
ground floor and next three floors of
the Vatican buildings around the
court of St Damaso and numerous
other apartments and rooms.
Accommodations must pa provided
for about 300 persons as each car
dinal has a suite of three or four
rooms for himself, a priest and do-mestic-who.
enter the conclave with
him. Cooks two physicians, servants
and other employes are also walled up
with the cardinals. All are pledged to
"BILLETING" IN LONDON
London. In the old days when an
army reached a town the soldiers
were billeted on the people; that is,
they were put up at private houses.
This was never done in England, but
since this war started billeting has
commenced in London. Each unit of
the so-called territorials are "told off"
to a certain street and a given num
ber of men are put up at this or that
house, on the doors of which the
number of the unit to be accommo
dated Is marked in chalk.
CZAR'S STOMACH TRAINED
St. Petersburg. Scarcity of food
will not trouble the czar. He always
followed a peculiar diet. Fried con
fish in oil and boiled rice have been
his chief articles of food for years.
"Why, what the matter, Willie?"
"Aw, boo-hoo! I've been playin'
hookey from school all day an' just
found out It's a holiday,"
r. -i.-n. .'. . " "Nl