Newspaper Page Text
THISTANDARD MAGAZINE SECTION QGDEN, UTAH.
II Magafae- Feature Seetfep I l Service'Their Country !One of the noblest works in reliev ing the suffering of wounded sol diers is being undertaken by women of the Austrian nobility, who are sacrificing their very jewels and finery to show their sympathy for their fellow countrymen. Recently Baroness M. Reitzes of Vienna, long one of the Austrian capital's society leaders and noted as one of the most beautiful women in Europe, sold her wonderful pearl necklace for $35,00u and with the amount purchased bread for the poor. Countess Manon von Dum reicher gave 5,000 cork legs to sol diers, who lost their limbs in battle. Countess Sierstorff purchased from her savings 1.000 pounds of tobacco for distribution among the troops of her country. These gifts to the poor and to the afflicted soldiers were more appre ciated than hero medals Such pres ents from women so fair, who have abandoned their high rank to be among the afflicted, always will bo treasured by the persons benefited The presentation of the gifts aroused the soldiers to the knowl edge that the nobility were keenly and sympathetically in their favor. The man in the trench wants to feel that the people of the nobility at home are sincerely with him and endeavoring to do iheir best to aid him instead of standing back In safety and holding his coat while he fights. In the present war the German and Austrian nobility have given their troops the greatest confidence by going to the front with them. King Frances Joseph and all of his officers are with their troops while the Kaiser and his sons are almost ubiquitous and would pitch right in to battle themselves were they not restrained by their generals and of ficers. The risks undergone by the Kaiser and his sons especially have won the admiration and confidence of the men. Then the kindness and thoughtful ness of these pretty countesses from Vienna won a soft spot in tho hearts of the soldiery. DIFFERENT FROM FORMER DAYS. The men contrasted their activity with the sluggishness of the French women t the time of the gTcat French revolution. It is recalled that one French roman of the court of Louis XIV. when Informed the poor wore irlth J out bread, remarked: "The poor things. Why don't they eat cake." It was this lack of sympathy among the women and men of King Louis XJV.'s court that brought about the great revolution. Men grew tired of risking their lives in battle while the noble lived lives of luxury, paid for by excessive taxes and assess ments. These French women of that peri od before the dawn of tho Nine , i teenth Century looked down upon the soldier. He was to them as an animal of the fields, only good for laughter. They were not in sym pathy with their troops and knew not hc horrors of war and what the fighting men expected from them In II 1hr lin of sympathy Now it i8 dif- ferent in all countries. When Countess Manon von Dum- reieher paw 5,000 rork leg? to hrr soldiers she could not have piven a better reward for their services had she filled their pockets with pold or covered their breasts with costly medals. The loss of a lep or arm is re garded by a soldier as the preatesr mark of devotion to his country It means that he has "fought the good fight" and has resisted the en emv until so seriously injured thai he must be removed from the field of battle. AVGKL IX THE TRE1TCHES. As this pretty COUIltesS went through the hospitals and eamps, pmng away .the legs and adjusting them to the stumps left after the crushed flesh was removed by sur geons, she might have been imag ined an angel, so hearty was her welcome. With her own dainty hands she adjusted the limbs to see that they fitted and the wounded smiled up at her with their love shining in their eyes and they pressed her hands to their lips in token of grate fulness. An eighteen-year-old boy lay in the hospital at Vienna with a lep off. The countess approached his bed. Seeing him so brave and yet so youthful she bent and bestowed a kiss on hi6 forehead. The lad, de lirious from a fever following an operation, placed his arms about her and wept. The countess held him In her arms and talked to him a lonp lime. Then she bent and kissed him on the lips and the boy will ever re member that kiss and it shall ever burn on his lips as the reward of nobility for having fought the great fight? In one bed an old, gray-haired man lay. He refused to allow the countess to adjust the cork limb "No, I lost this leg in fighting for my country and I shall not conceal the marks of my service by wearing a false limb. I have only a few more years to live, but in that time the people shall say as I pass down the streets, "There goes a man who lost his leg in battle " The countess complimented him on his noble wish "I have, however, a wife and six children at home. Cork legs are worth money. Sell my leg and give the money to my family, for they need help and I will only be a drag on them when I recover " The countess bought the leg from herself for the equivalent of ?500 of United States money and gave the sum to the wife and children of this man. BOUGHT DT AMERICA. The cork legs are bought from the United States, and In fact, since the beginning of the war their manu facture has become a busy industry. It is expected that more than a mil lion of them will be used before the great conflict ends. The action of Baroness M. Reitzes of Vienna in selling her necklace to buy bread for the afflicted and im poverished families of soldiers at. the front also won favorable com ment from the people and strength- t III COUNTESS MANON VON D UMREICHEk ened them in their confidence in their own country. The liaroness had one of the most beautiful pearl necklaces in tho Au strian capital. It had clung about the beautiful white neck of this most beautiful woman of the nobility at many a roval gathering and was one of the most costly and splendid there. Many men and women had gazed with admiration on tho rare pink pearls that composed it. Jew elers before tho war would have given at least $90,000 for it. Then came the war. Baroness M. Reitzes saw tho suffering poor about her There w as bread to be had, but they had no money with which to purchase it. She studied for a long time and then she went out at night to a pawnbroker. "How much will you give me for It?" she demanded. The man look ed at her as If he were gazing on a thief. Ho pawned over the wonderful gems. Then he ran to tho front door and called shrilly for the police. Men of the watch arrived and wero questioning the baroness about the ownership of the jewel w hen their captain entered. He gazed at the ba roness for a moment aud then bow ed In humble recognition. r s HER NECKLACE. rip' Baroness M. Reitzes, the most beautiful woman in Vienna. My men, salute her," he called to his j-'iiardsmen. "M. Jebelks, you are under arrest for calling the guard to arrest such a woman of high no bility who condescends to patronize your store. Your goods are confiseat ed in the name of the Austrian gov ernment." The pawnbroker fell to his knees before the baroness and wept. "No, you shall not arrest him, captain. I am here on a secret mis sion," tho baroness commenced. Taking the great pearl necklace from beneath her coat she displayed it before tho astonished guard and police. "They called it the most beautiful and costliest necklace in Vienna," she continued "I came here to pawn it. To get money not for myself but for our poor. Every cent I receive from this man shall be spent In pro viding bread and meat for our poor." Tho captain motioned the pawn- ' broker to arise. The man went to his safe and withdrew )iis check book. He gave her a certifleale for the amount and then accepted tho necklace. - xt day the baroness went to one of the larpo bakeries in Vienna. She Found Hi- polite captain of the night, before and his guardsmen nearby. They obtained a cart and at her di rection filled it with loaves of freshly-baked bread Then the baroness herself mounted to the seat beside the driver and went through town giving food to the poor. No more royal greeting could have been gty.l fn the kinp liimself than that given by the poor to their fair benefactor I hose Who had mumblrd against a government that could not feed its ihV entllU8lfc praise of the liaroness as she fed them The niouoy obtal&ed f Paing of the necklace lasted for many day, and w)l,nil was exSS fine Ln J'"V,,",ry a"u her and tho LS ZW l ,he Pawnbroker mr' provide This act v.as supplemented by th distribution of tobacco by CoStess Sierstorpff, and these three SJS of royal blood have won grat favor and fame among the soldi ra and i he poor. WkaJ ,1(. rjlfcj Breeds. roue' .?,:iSiress Have you given tho M.m.v.-0i mum T, a;n ( drauk f 1 er I gave them the other c" yet. mum." cufot r,'?lp aro 60 b,'-- keeping I I tin e t 1; t ;;' thov wve I i