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BATTLEFiEDS Mother Loses Three Sons. Survivor Tells How It Feels to Be Blown Up. ORRESPONDENTS ut the front or marooued iu obscure places wlille the great European con •lift rages manage daily to get through the wary censors some little grimly humorous or tragic side lights of the war. Here are some of the lat est and best that have come over the cables or by mail: "This afternoon the young officer ex celled himself," writes a correspondent of an English aviator. "An extremely well screened German battery was do ing nasty work from behind a slight rise at the back of the German trenches. This was the air man's quarry. Up ami i:p ho went In quick climbing spirals, and when he was at a height of 2,000 l'evt he poised for a spell to spot the lurking place of the battery. His first signal was for the gunners to plant thvir shells immedi ately below him. They fired. "The shells fell some distance to the right and did no more damage than to dismantle further an already disman tled camp. "The air man next signaled to tell the range finders to swing their guns piore to the left Again It was too far. Again he signaled, and this time the first of the shells wrecked the limber of the foremost Prussian gun, smash ing up horses and men alike. Instant ly the air man Indicated that the range had. been found at last, and then shell after shell burst over anil among the battery, which had been flogging the allies so mercilessly earlier In the day. "In five minutes all that were left of the battery crew broke away from the cunning screen, in the making of which so much craft had boon employ ed, and fled across country. General (name deleted), who had been watch lng this with tremendous interest through his field glasses, clapped his hands and danced to and fro along the veranda. "'Splendid! Magnificent!' lie cried. 'The best show 1 ever witnessed That mail must have a heart of steel in a body of iron.' "The general congratulated the laughing officer when he came down to Mother Earth once more, tired but still Jubilant. He congratulated him and shook his hand. 'You're almost too good to last,' he said. And the air man only laughed." Too Late!' "In her house of general mourning •Germany has scarcely one home un touched by war," writes a correspond ent. "I heard of one story of gripping pathos. It was to do with a family named Von König, the father of which Is a retired colonel. "At the outbreak of the war he had three sons In the army. Immediately two younger sons joined the colors. In the first advance Into France three sons were killed and a fourth was •hot on the East Prussian frontier. The mother is little better than insane, and the father, a stern old Spartan, at last could stand it no longer. He ob tained an audience with the kaiser ami told his story, praying that the last of the five be spared. "The kaiser was much moved by the story and ordered a message to be sent to the division to which the young man was attached, directing that he be sent to interior duty, away from the front. The old man, deeply touch ed, sought to thank the emperor. 'No,' said the kaiser, 'It Is I and your country who must thank you for the terrible sacrifice you have made. You have done nobly, but at a great price.' "The colonel then went to the place where his boy was stationed. He was met by the commanding general and asked If the kaiser's command had been received. 'Yes,' said the general, '1 received the command, but before I could trans mit the order the boy received another command. He was killed ten minutes before the message arrived." Even Here! The last number of the Berliner Zei tung am Mittag has just reached Paris and contains the following remarkable account of the amenities of trench life: "The Geilnaus und Kreuch are in trenched about HMi yards apart. By arrangement the lire ceases dally at lunch time. The Germans hold con certs nightly. Once when a phono graph was playing the "Merry Widow' waltz a girl leaped from the French trenches and. advancing to the ground separating the adversaries, danced for a quarter of an hour, after which she returned to French cover, both sides applauding her ecstatically How It Feels to Be Blown Up. This Is from a letter written by a survivor of the Pathfinder, the British cruiser destroyed by a Geman subma rioe: "My twenty-eighth birthday, and 1 believe I have had a good birthday present by having my skin save 1 whole. I got off unscathed bar a few scratches on my !v-s. All the ship's company was in the f' l'e part having tea: In fact. 1 was just going down to get mine. I saw a flash, and the ship seemed to lift right out of the water. Down went the mast and forward fun In Lull of Shots Girl Dances "Merry Widow" Waltz. Russia Bans Drinking. nel und fore part of the ship, and all the men there must have been blown to atoms. 'Every man for himself!' and 1 at once pulled off my boots, coat and trousers, and over 1 went. 1 think 1 broke all swimming records trying to put as much space between myself and the ship, being afraid of suction. When she sank something blew up, and on came the water, and round and round I went like a cork. A buoy came speed ing by me, and I grabbed it. and that was what kept me afloat. There was a good sea running, and I believe I must have been in the water over an hour and was getting numbed with the cold when they picked me up." The Brighter Side. Life in the trenches appears by no means to be the Irksome and dreadful thing it Is reported to be. According to soldiers Just back in Paris from the firing line, troops that are supposed to face each other grimly across a fire swept space only a few hundred yards wide are not the bloodthirsty fellows we all took them for. They carry chivalry into their work, and certain conventions, all making for comfort, have been tacitly established between them. For example, toward midday both sides suspend fire In or der that they may eat luncheon In peace. They would undoubtedly oblige each other when the evening meal is due but for the unhappy fact that the dinner hours of the contending armies do not tally. Obviously, says a facetious French man, It Is somebody's duty to see that the meal hours of the opposing forces synchronize exactly. Extra! Russia Goes Dry! The official bulletin of the prefect of Petrograd published on Oct. 20 is an other addition to the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic drinks. Up to that date restaurants of the first class had the privilege of selling vodka and all other spirituous liquors in unlimited quantities. It was thought these es tablishments would only provide for the wealthier classes, and there was no danger of the common people being ablgbte secxire'Strong'drtnk. It seems, however, that habitual topers even of the lower classes arrayed themselves In clothes finer than they had ever worn before In their lives and, putting up a bold front, have entered first class restaurants and got what they wanted. The story goes that hatters and mil liners had been doing a rushing busi ness selling derby hats to men and women who hitherto had worn caps and shawls. A derby on a man and a hat on a woman being in Russia a mark of superiority, if not of intelli gence, there was no ban on champagne for the wearers. This reached the ears of the com mander in chief of the army, who has absolute powers. He accordingly in structed prefects of police throughout Russia to prohibit the sale of vodka and strong drink of every description even In first class restaurants. Church Steeples' Part. Church steeples play queer parts in war. Four weeks ago In Antwerp I saw a man climb almost to the peak of the ancient cathedral there and fasten the Belgian flag to a stone gargoyle, says an English correspondent. In the evening at sunset 1 saw Belgian cliolr boys standing In their white sur plices among the bells and heard their song of praise that floated over the old town like a benediction—because Ant werp had been saved from a Zeppelin. Tonight in Munich I saw another church steeple playing Its part In war. It was raining, and the peak of the ca thedral spire loomed dimly above the lights of the city hall square. But the tiny lights of candles carried by Ger man choir boys fluttered in the belfry, and, led by an orchestra, the boys sang a song of praise- because Ant werp had fallen. There are "sidewalk strategists" here too. "We'll get to London when the proper time comes." says my waiter. "You know how Germany fooled the world with her fifteen inch guns and her new submarines. Nobody knew she had such tilings. Well, we've got another trick up our sleeves. We've got guns that will shoot twenty-eight miles, and that's two miles more than the width of the English channel be tween Calais and I»over. "As soon as we take Calais we will mount these big guns on granite foun dations, shoot across the channel and demolish the forts at Dover. Then we will sink all the English ships within range of these guns, and we will keep pathway cioar across the channel to Dover. That way we can land all the German troops we need in England." A German Mother's Letter. Under the caption. "Wo Barbarians," the Frankfurter Zeitung of Sept. 2!) publishes, as incompatible with the charges of cruelty and barbarity made against German by It enemies, the following Ictt'T written by a Herman mother to A I-'MMK-II mother, whose son (lied while pi isoner of war in Ger many: I I'ear l.ady- A mother who, even «*. I did yon. saw lior son march a way Into the war for the defense "f Irs f„thur- THE SISSETON WEEKLY STANDARD. land, German mother, is writing this to you. On Friday, Aug. 28, a great number of wounded French soldiers arrived here, of whom your son. Luden Paul, was one. He had a severe wound In the head. He was taken tenderly to the hospital of the Sisters of Holy St. Vlnceut de l'aul, where he was nursed with every care possible. One of our clergymen, Mgr. Hilpiseh, who visited the wounded, was notified by the sis ters that Herr Paul wished to make bis confession. The monsignor found him, as he told me, very weak. Your dear son spoke with difficulty, lie ob tained absolution. As there seemed to be no Immediate danger the priest wanted to administer the holy com inuniun and extreme unction on the following day, in order not to fatigue your son too much. But at !i o'clock a cramp seized your son. and at 4:.V o'clock he died without having regain ed consciousness. His brain had been badly Injured. You may rest assured, dear lady, that your beloved son was treated with every care and that nothing was neg lected In efforts to save his young life. That may comfort you a little—you and your husband- in your great sor row. The thought that a priest was at his side in his last hour and that he died a holy death will help you bow your head under the hand of the highest T»rd of life and death. Your son died as a hero for his fatherland and now rests. It is true, in strange, but In consecrated ground, where be awaits the resurrection and will meet again with those who now mourn him. never to leave them again. His funeral took place on Tuesday, Sept. 1 amid the tolling of bells In the cathedral. He received all military honors. Our two war societies, with their flags draped In black crape, form ed his escort of honor. There was a bright blue sky above the open grave as the three salvos of honor were fired. I thought I might send you, as I do. herewith inclosed, a few twigs of the laurel wreath which the two war soci eties laid on his grave as well as sev eral clippings from the local paper. You will see from these how much honor was paid to your dear son when he was carried to his final dwelling place. He rests in the new cemetery of our city. His grave bears the num her 1. Dear lady, I have been told that the sorely wounded young Frenchman wished above all to see his mother again. That wrung my heart so hard that I determined to write to his poor mother at once and to teil her all I could learn about the young soldier, for I, too. dear lady, have an only son. who has gone away, following with full enthusiasm the call of his kaiser, and since Aug. 22 we have heard no word of him. This letter Is to comfort you a little In your great sorrow, you and your whole family, for the great loss of your dear son, who gave up his young life for his fatherland. Accept, dear lady, the assurance of sincerest sympathy of a mother whose heart feels deeply for you. "This letter." says the Zeitung, "Is a document of German culture that can tell the foreign nations how, despite the war that has been forced upon us, Ger many can still feel sentiments of deep est humanity. Our army Is no band of mercenaries. The flower of our people serve in It Even as a German mother has felt In this case so, too, do the sons of stich mothers feel. In truth they are neither Huns nor barbarians." GET SHOT AND GET RICH. Mexican Soldiers Willing to Stop Gold Bullet, of the Yaquis. It Is not for their aseptic qualities that the Yaquis of Sonora, Mexico, are casting the gold precipitates re cently captured from an American pack train into bullets, but because to them bullets are more valuable than gold. The Americans escaped when tile Yaquis attacked the pack train, but several Mexican packers were killed. The fight occurred at Agua Nueva, a pumping station at La Colo rado, about sixteen miles from there. The value of the gold amounted to .$50.000. It Is reported that soldiers of the Mexican troops are exposing them selves unduly to the Yaquis' fire In the hope of clearing enough by the opera tion to pay the doctor and leave a net profit besides. L. O. Cowan, who operated exten slvely in Mexican mines, says the Ya quis are expert manufacturers of pow der and that tliey have been known to make up cartridges with match heads for caps. VOTE DEATH TO FIFTEEN. Arizona Women Help to Seal Fate of Reprieved Prisoners. Fifteen persons eonvi-ted of murders were automatically sentenced to death by popular vote in Arizona, and tliou sands of women voters were instru mental in sealing their fate. One of the amendments voted upon proposed the abolition of capital pun Ishment. and as a result of its being submitted to the voters it was decided to grant a reprieve to fifteen persons already under sentence of death and 111 the penitentiary At the polls the proposition was com pletely voted down by I oj'i women and men. who were engaged in voting tIn state dry and gave the oilier amend ment but liMIc consideration First He Her.rd of War. The German sailing s'iip Melpomene, whi' Ii sailed from To opii]a. Chile, on July S laden with nitrates, wis towed into Qnecnstown bv a British cruiser, which h:'d cat tared her Captain Ingle man said neither he nor his rew had heard that a war wo« In progress. PLAN BIG FIGHT ON CATTLE EPIDEMIC Area Included In Quarantine May Be Enlarged. UNTOLD LOSSES FEARED. Secretary of Agriculture Issues State ment Calling Attention to Wide spread Disease and Declares Only Method of Combating It Is to Stop All Movements of Suspected Stock. The area included in the quarantine established by the federal government to prevent the spread of the hoof and mouth disease in cattle may be en larged by the addition of other states. Ten states early were embraced In the Inhibited area. Affected cattle have been found at Johnston, Provi dence county, R. I., and also at Glen dive, Mont. The secretary of agriculture has Is sued the following statement regarding the quarantine for foot and uiouth dis ease: "The present outbreak of the foot and mouth disease, which Is one of the most contagious and destructive dis eases of cattle, swine and sheep, ex ceeds in area affected any of the five previous outbreaks In this country. Unless the Infection can be localized Immediately and quickly eradicated it threatens, untold losses among live stock. Disease Very Contagious. "So contagious Is the disease that In past outbreaks where but one animal In a herd was infected the entire herd in almost all cases later contracted the sickness. Although the mortality Is not high, the effects of the disease, even on animals that recover, are such as to make them practically useless. They lose flesh rapidly. In the case of cows the milk dries up or Is made dangerous for human consumption. In the case of breeding animals the ani mal once Infected becomes valueless for breeding, as it may continue to be a constant carrier of contagion. "It is possible to cure the external symptoms, but during the process of attempting to cure one sick animal the chances are that hundreds of others may be infected. The treatment or killing of a single animal In herd was tried In an outbreak and did not prove effective, for the reason that the remainder of the herd soon became in fected and had to be killed. "As a recall of the five outbreaks in this country and other disastrous epidemics of the disease in Europe and Great Britain, veterinary authori ties of the United States are agreed that the only method of combating the disease Is to stop all movements of stock and material which have been subjected to any danger of infection and to kill.off without delay all herds in which the disease has gained any foothold. This enables the authorities to eradicate Infected herds and to Iso late and hold under observation .ill suspected herds. "The owner of the slaughtered ani mals Is reimbursed on the basis of the appraised value of the herd, the ap pralser being appointed by the state. The expense of the whole process of condemnation and disinfection Is di vided equally between the federal and state governments. "In some cases, because human be Ings can carry the disease to other herds, the state authorities have pre vented children on Infected farms from attending school. In other cases, as in Illinois and Ohio, the state author! ties have closed the stockyards until they can be cleaned and disinfected. "The first effort of the department Is to discover and segregate all animals sick with the disease or that have been exposed. To this end the federal and state Inspectors are now tracing tip through bills of lading and railroad rec ords all shipments of live cattle which have been made during the last sixty days out of any of the Infected or sus pected districts. "In tills way the presence of foot and mouth disease has been discovered in various places in the present wide urea now under federal quarantine, which Includes Massachusetts, New York. Ohio, Pennsylvania. Indiana, Illinois. Maryland. Michigan. Wisconsin and Iowa. The numbers of all cars In which animals have been transported from these districts have been obtain ed. and I hose are being located and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Thorough Inspection. "Following the imposition of a gen eral federal quarantine and the killing of actually infected herds comes a farm to farm inspection of the entire quarantine area. Later, when it be comes clear that the disease has been localized, it will be possible for the federal and state authorities to free from quarantine all but the actually infected counties or districts and allow the uninfected territories to resume interstate shipments of stock. "At present the chief danger lies In the possibility of their being concealed sources of infection. Every effort Is oeing made by state and federal an rhorltlos iv only to tnvo suspicious shipment-, but to convin farmers of the seriousness of the disease and tin extreme case with which it is com I muiueatcd and to orre upon them to report at once t'i state or federal au thorities all smviirio'js cases of sore mouths or lameness." ...... 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