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Italian Faces Death With a Smile and a Joke. Austrian Officers Astonished at the Easy, Cheerful Ways of Italian Boldlers—Comradeship Be tween Officers and Men. BY CAMILLO CIANFARRA. (International News Service.) Udine, Italy.—A stay of a few days at any of the sectors into which the Italian front is divided will convince the neutral observer of several things. Two of these will suffice as chiefly characteristic of the Italian army, viz.: The good humor of the Italian troops even in the face of the most desperate straits; and the ex cellent relations which exist at all timeß between the officers and men. Shrapnel shells may explode at reg ular Intervals in and around the Italian trenches, the roar of the guns may be deafening and awe-inspiring, the rain of bullets may raise clouds of dust and send pebbles and chunks of rocks hurtling through the air— and yet the Italian soldier will al ways be ready to get all the fun he can out of*the situation. In fact the clammy hand of death may bo lurking In every corner and yet his native smile will never desert him, the unquenchable fire will never leave his eyes, ho will always be ready for a Joke at the expense of the unsuspecting comrade standing, rifle in hand, at his side, alert at the first signs of real danger. This good humor, the radiant smile and the easy cheerful ways of the Italian "Tommy,” even after the most bloodcurdling operations, in which he may have risked his life a dozen times, excites the wonder of the Aus trian officers. One of the latter in a letter to his mother which was found on the bat tlefield declared that he could not make up his mind whether these Italian soldiers were cynics or en thusiasts. "For a whole day," continued the officer, who Is a devout Catholic. "I was prevented from training a gun against a certain spot, because 1 saw through my field glasses that an am munition wagon was guarded by a priest armed with a long shining cross." When the Italians evacuated the spot it was discovered that the priest was nothing more nor less than a black cassock and a widebrimmed hat. supported on two wooden sticks and the cross formed out of a num ber of tin meat cans. Music and singing, however, form the chief diversions of the Italian troops, whenever and wherever the officers allow It. As Colonel Dunn, military attache at tho American em bassy, remarked after a short visit to the Italian front, "These encamp ments behind the firing line are more like a picnic party than soldiers on a battle front." Every contingent has Its quota of guitar, mouthorgan and mandolin players, and night concerts follow each other on every side until the "Last Post” is sounded and the regi ment retires under canvas But even then after the patrol has disappeared toward the farthest end of the camp, a tender and touching melody steals through the air. lulling the nearby restless to sleep. As to the relations existing between the officers and the men in the ranks, they form, in the opinion of Captain Hayshi. member of the Japanese mil itary mission, a striking feature of the war. Italian military discipline is strict, but not harsh. It is main tained by kindness and Justice rather than by fear. First, the officers Invariably treat their men as they deserve to be treated; kindly, humanely. Moreover. DOESN’T WORRY THIS MAN Important Organa Are Out of Gear, but He Qete Along Com* fortably. Chicago.—W hen Adam was "or* ganlzed," so to speak, the liver was placed on the right aide and the ■plcen on the left. Tho heart was lo cated Juat a trifle on the port side, abaft the thorax. The plan has been followed with eminent success ever since. It Is quite the thing, even In these late days. Uut the Bplrlt of ad venture la strong In Joseph Shapiro. He likes things different When be went to receive treatment for tuber culosis from Dr. Maximilian Spatz. the physician discovered his Heart was hiding securely below the right lung, his liver was curled up contentedly on the left side and the spleen ou the right. Even Ills stomach Is turned around. But It ißn’t bothering Shapiro any. A linger clamp for knitting and cro chet needles has been Invented to re lieve (he strain of holding them. MANSION NOW A HOSPITAL Roehampton House Shelters Men Who Have Lost Limbs In the War. London— Roebampton house has now been altered into a military hos pital for the exclusive use of soldiers and sailors who have lost one or more of their limbs In the war It is known I rm one of “Queen Mary h (’onvales cent Auxiliary hospitals' und its chief interest lien In the peculiar service It AUSTRALIAN FIRING A TRENCH MORTAR This remarkable looking weapon, which 18 being used with telling effect against the Tur’xs In the Dardanelles campaign, is a trench mortar, one of the new engines of war which has been brought into play during the present European war. It is mounted on boxes, and judging from the way it is bandied when fired there is considerable risk to the pointer or operator of the weapon, for while one arm directs the fire of the mortar the other arm pulls the slug which sets it off. they do it without loss of dignity. Hence, the soldiers respect, honor and even love their superiors. In the trenches and everywhere on the firing line, where danger is great est, the feeling of devoted comrade ship .between officers and men is ad mirable and it is safe to say that every soldier is ready and willing to lay down his life for his superior. Stories of soldiers who risked their lives to save those of their officers are a dally occurrence at the Italian front. The last soldier to be decorated was a certain Guido Vitelli who, on seeing in the course of an engage ment his lieutenant fall grievously wounded, left the trenches accom panied by a comrade an'd rushed to the rescue. The spot where the offi cer lay was quite a distance from the trench and Vitelli was strucl. twice In the hand and in the cheek, while his comrade was slightly wounded in the leg. Nevertheless, the two wounded sol diers succeeded in carrying their su perior officer into the Italian lines. At the hospital, where he is now re covering. Vitelli related his adven tures to the captain of his company, adding that he was glad of the oppor tunity of proving the devotion he felt for the gallant young lieutenant. Nat urally. the captain has recommended him for the medal. Rabbit Hole a Treasure. Pratt, Kan.—A Mexican some six miles east of here was buuting rab bits yesterday and ran a rabbit Into a hole. He reached into the bole and pulled the bunny out, but the rabbit held to a sleeve of a man's JackeL Further investigation by the Mexican showed a large swag of heavy silver ware that had been hidden in the hole, wrapped up in the jacket. The silverware was turned over to a near by resident and be uctified the offi cers. Lives on Coffee. Baltimore —Kate Larber. aged thir teen, has since she was fourteen months old taken practically no nour ishment except coffee, which she drinks in large quantities, sometimes 20 cups a day. KANSAS HAS 900 PAUPERS Twenty Counties in the State Have No Poor Farms Nor Poor Indigent!. Top 2 tea. —Twenty of the 105 Kansas counties have no poor farms or indi gent poo; . while in other counties the poor farms are self-supporting, accord ing to a report made by J. W. Howe, secretary of the state board of con trol. In the year ending July 1 the va rious counties tr. Kansas cared for only 900 paupers, the report says. Pending the construction of new quarters at the Winfield Hospital for the Feeble Minded, a number of In sane and feeble minded patients have boen cared for by individual coun ties. As a result there wer\. ten more in mates of poor farms this year than last year. In the year ending July 1, says the report, there were 19 chil dren In the county nstltutlons as against 14 the previous year. C ats were domesticated in Egypt uf early as 1600 B C. is to render Only sailors and soldiers whose wounds are healed are to be accepted at the hospital, and there they will remain during the long period nec essary for the fitting of an artificial limb It has been computed that up to June 17 last no fewer than 674 limb less men have been discharged from I the service, and that figure takes no account of the men now in hospital or those irniined In the Dardanelles fighting IS TOLD TO WHIP HIS SON Pittsburgh Magistrate Orders “Good, Old-Fashioned Hickory Lacing" for Reckless Youth. Pittsburgh, Pa.—" Take that son ol yours and give him a good, old-fash ioned lacing," said Magistrate Sweeney in central police station to Frederick Blendinger. Sr., father of Frederick. Jr., who was arrested after he and four companions had piled up Mr. Blendinger’s big car against a curb in Webster avenue. When Mr. Blendinger demurred at the sentence imposed on his son Mag istrate Sweeney said: "Do as I say or it will be Jail for the young man." At this command the father agreed to comply with the letter of the law. Young Blendinger pleaded that he had merely taken his father’s car to give a few friends a ride. TWO TEETH AT 57.50 PER Kansas Police Judge Fines Man for Knocking Woman’s Mo lars Out. Salina. Kan. —According to Judge Dan R. Wagstaff of the Salina police court a tooth is worth $7.50 in a woman's head, and anyone who dis lodges one of them must pay that amount. Anna Conrad caused the arrest of James Barnes on a charge of assault, and when she showed the Judge the vacant space between her teeth where the two had been removed, the Judge forthwith assessed a tine of slo against Barnes. $7.50 per tooth. Anna objected to playing the part of Fantine unless she received the money, but the Judge ordered that the sls go into the city treasury. His Precious Horses. Miller, S. D. Robert Wilson, a prominent rancher here, is known for the fine horses he raises He has many ready for the market but he re fuses to sell one while the war tn Europe lasts, fearing they would be sent there and injured or killed in battle He refuses fancy prices right along for horses. FINDS BOY LOST FOUR YEARS Nationwide Search for Eight-Year-Old Youth Ends Successfully in Texas. Fort Worth. Tex.—A four-year search through tho United States and Canada for her eight-year-old son was ended here a few days ago by Mrs. Julia Delo of Quebec. Can., who iden tified the boy held by authorities here since the arrest if E. S. Carroll on March 5, as her son. Carrol* had been arrested on a charge of assault. He had been trav eling around the country with the boy. Both told conflicting stories and were ordered held. Carroll, officials said, probably will be charged with abduction. The boy recognized * is mother im mediately, although he was only four years old when he disappeared from homo. Carroll's attorney filed a ha bens corpus petition to reguin posses slon of the child. Greyhounds belong io one jt iht oldest known types of dog. Startling Information. San Angelo, Tex.—John Corbet, a trapper, is showing friends here a rock which he found along the North Concho river The rock tias a cavity In It in which he found a frog Mr Corbet broke the rock and the frog hopped out Undoubtedly it had been there many years Turtles and Tortoises. About three hundred species of turtles and tortoises ure known Some of these attuin a very large size THE GULFUr OBSERVER. WESTERN MINING NEWS IN BRIEF Western Ncwnpaper Union News Service. Prices Quoted for Metals. Spelter, St. Louis, $13.65. Copper, casting, sl7. Lead, New York, $4.50. Bar silver, 48%c. Wyoming. Placer gold has been discovered on Bluegrass creek in Platte county. Wyoming mines are adding thou sands of dollars to the nations wealth. The .Midwest Refining Co. will build a refinery at Chatham in the Big Horn Basin. With a capital stock of SIOO,OOO, the New Bradford Oil Company of Cas per filed articles of incorporation with Secretary of State Houx. W. H. Dufur has bought Philip Minor’s right to a thousand acres of oil lands, known as the Torchlight holdings, near Basin, and will begin drilling a well at once. The greatest oil gusher ever brought in in the Greybull district is forming a spreading lake of oil in the heart of Greybull and the entire pop ulation is in the grip of the "oil fever.' Two suits filed by United States Attorney General T. W. Gregory in the Federal District Court at Chey enne against the Midwest Henshaw, Ohio, Mexico-Wyoming and Grass Creek Oil Company and several in dividual defendants, affect claims on about 400 of the 5,600 acres in the Wyoming oil fields. Arizona. Mining activity in the Patagonia district is bringing in investors, and a number of properties have changed hands and are being developed. The announcement has been made in Prescott by Frank M. Murphy, that he has sold the tailings of his Crown King property to M. P. Randolph and David B. Gemmell, practical mining men. At the new* mill of the Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company at Globe two more sections of crushing machinery have gone into commis sion and thereby raised the tonnage of ore treated daily. There is considerable increase in mining activity on the northeast slope of the Chiricahua mountains where several properties are now’ being w’orked. the principal one being the Willie Rose, thirteen miles from San Simon. ..Miami Copper Co. will earn about $4 share during 1914, according to official estimate. Production is ex pected to total close to 42,000,000 pounds, of which 18,400,000 pounds has already come from the first half year’s operations. New Mexico. Oil was struck at a depth of ISO feet on the Rayado ranch near Cimar ron by an oil drilling party, after sev eral weeks of steady work. One of the largest and most import ant transactions in the history of mining in the Carrizozo section is a deal just effected whereby Richard Wightman. an eastern capitalist and mining expert, has taken over prac tically all of the mining activities in the town of White Oaks and vicinity. Colorado. Mining, metallurgical and geological exhibits will be prominent at the In ternational Farm Congress and Soil Products exposition to be held in Den ver’s auditorium Sept. 26 to Oct. 4. The Cleveland lease on the Jo Dandy mine at Cripple Creek is re ported as making a fine showing with occasional shipments of better than the average grade ore being made. At the Colorado-Tonopah placers, near Breckenridge, Arch Sliugerland and Charles Ross of Golden are pre paring to install their recently pat ented contrivance for saving fine and "flake" gold. New York’s Engineering and Min ing Journal reports tungsten at S2B per unit of twenty pounds, where the concentrate carries 55 per cent and not CO per cent, the former standard in Boulder county. At Leudville the Western Zinc Ox ide Company is steadily pushing ac tivitien at the plant west of the city. The plant is being operated at full capacity, and regulur shipments of high-grade zinc concentrates are be ing made. The deal between the officers of the Yak Mining. Milling and Tunnel Company and the owners of the Alad din property located near the head of Big Evans gulch. Leadville, whereby the Yak people obtained an extension t»j' their lease on the ground for an additional ten years and gave a bond ot $600,000 to come due within that time, will result in the advancing of the main tunnel into the acquired ter ritory. 'file District Court at Denver en tered a judgment for SIB,OOO against the Radium Copper Mining Company and its officers In favor of Louis Dunn. The judgment is based on seventeen unpaid promissory notes is sued by the company in June, 1910. The Mary Murphy Gold Mining Company, with mines ut St. Elmo, Chaffee county, Is in tho market for mere territory, and Its examinations will not be confined to the vicinity of the present producer, which recent 1> paid a $25,000 divideiid on the $--1,000 of outstanding bonds. Folk We Touch, In Passim By Julia Chandler Many © 4? A'WCt-URE MEW3PAPTR jy/IDICATEr' YOUR FRIEND TODAY Elizabeth and Martha were friends. Elizabeth said the word should al ways be written with a capital F. Martha declared that every letter that went into the making of so precious a name should be a capital, whereupon Elizabeth kissed her affectionately, and they both declared that no matter what the years might bring them they would keep their tie of friendship pure, and true, and lofty. "And," said Martha, who was the more ardent and imaginative of the two, “there are to be no secrets be tween us; not even thought secrets." To which Elizabeth agreed in an ab stracted manner which did not quite satisfy her friend. So Martha suggested that they draw up an agreement of eternal love and loyalty to be solemnly signed by each of them, and when Elizabeth said she didn’t see the use of such a thing, her friend burst into a storm of grief that quite took the less intense girl off her feet. “Why, you darling Martha," com forted Elizabeth. "Of course, we’ll write the vow, and sign it. I only meant that all the vows in the world couldn’t make me truer to our friend ship. or more certain that I shall al ways love you just as I do now." Whereupon Martha dried her tears, and spent many wseks in the compo sition of a vow of friendship which “But He Doesn’t Know You at I Do. He Doesn’t Know You.” would have seemed more like a con tract of the relinquishment of all per sonal liberty than a promise of undy ing love to an outsider. But the docu ment quite satisfied the friends, who considered it a masterpiece in its own way. In the weeks and months that fol lowed confidences became almost an obsession with the girl. Martha. An overconscious little soul, she spent a deal of her time in self-examination for fear that she would depart from the letter of her promise and hold back the admission of some thought or action from Elizabeth. The vow’ was taken less seriously by Elizabeth, upon whom friendship sat with lighter meaning. Martha, in her frank and girlish ar dor. would have called her friend a traitor, had she known that she did not share the deeper life of Elizabeth. Elizabeth w*ould have said that she merely protected a God-given right, and thut the matter of the vow was a silly thing, to which she had agreed merely to hutnor her friend. So the years went by, and the friends became women grown. Their companionship had been very close, and their affection for each oth er was a matter for admiration among their associates. People said that they had never seen such remarkable confidence be tween two young women. So far as Martha was concerned this was true. She shared her every thought of consequence with Eliza beth. She unveiled her weaknesses as well ns her strength to the elder girl, nor did Bhe notice that every year had brought Elizabeth more reserve, so great was her absorption in her own confidences. One day The Wise Woman, who had heard much of Martha and Elizabeth, sat quietly by while the former ex pressed it as her belief that friendship is the greatest thing in the world. * “The sort that will stand the test of actual self-denial is very rare,” said The Wise Woman. “YOUR FRIEND TODAY IS OFTEN YOUR ENEMY TOMORROW. THERE FORE, NEVER TELL YOUR FRIEND WHAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT YOUR ENEMY TO KNOW.” Martha listened as one might listen to treason. Then, remembering Elizabeth, she abruptly left the room. "She is young,” remarked The Wise Woman. “She will learn.” It came to pass that the personal interests of the friends conflicted for the first time since, in that far away yesterday, they each signed the vow of eternal love and loyalty. They fell In love with the same man. For a time The Man, knowing the closeness of the tie which bound the two young women, was very nice to both of them. Then it became apparent that he was more interested in Martha, and after a little he asked her hand in marriage. And for the first time in her life the girl, Martha, found it difficult to open the deepest chamber in her heart to her friend. Instinctively, she hugged her secret. It was so precious a thing—this matter of loving and be ing loved—that she did so want to cherish it for just a little while against the knowledge of all the world. But she remembered the vow, the letter of which she had kept for years, so shyly she -told Elizabeth that she and The Man were to be married. "And you have the audacity to tell me this, you sly minx!" hissed the life time friend of the girl, Martha. "You’re a perfect little sneak, that’s what you are! You’ve enticed him into this with your confiding little wavs. But he doesn't know you as 1 do! He doesn’t know you!" she cried, beside herself with rage and disap pointment, for the girl, Elizabeth, also loved The Man and wanted to be his wife more than she wanted anything else in All the world. Because of the vow which Martha had always kept to the letter, and which the wiser girl had always set aside as a mighty foolish sort of thing. Elizabeth was as familiar with the weaknesses of her friend as she was with her own. She knew her as Bhe knew herself, for in her interpreta tion of the word friendship Martha had always uncovered her very soul for the other girl’s inspection. And. so it was that the confidences which the girl. Martha, had given in the sacred name of friendship were made the property of all who cared to hear them, and bounded back like boomerangs to hurt her a thousand timeß with a hurt so poignant that sometimes the injuries done her seemed more than she could bear. And The Wise Woman shook her head gravely and remarked again that, so long as human nature is human na ture, it will never be safe to tell your dearest friend anything that you would not want your bitterest enemy to know.