The Davenport New Era (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 7, 1918 Page: 9 of 12
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INTRICATE FRENCH TRENCH AND DUGOUT
The French have constructed a remarkable dugout at this part of Alsace;
!t Is modern and right up to date. It Is beautifully situated and the old oaks
of the country have not as yet been destroyed by the Hun. The trench has a
floor and the dugout a tile roof—the last work ia trench architecture.
Former Czar and Czarina Have
No Gas, Electricity or
FARE 0FM0STFRU6AL NATURE
Practically Condemned to the Life of
Recluses—Daughters Allowed to
-Come and Go Freely, but Son
Is Closely Guarded.
Paris.—Though things Russian are
rather in disfavor just now, a short
account of the ll^e led by the Roma-
noffs, the former imperial family, may
prove of interest.
Tobolsk has been called the "City of
Death," its temperature rarely rising
above the freezing point. Most of its
houses are buHt of wood, the one
where the imperial family lives being
one of the few bricji buildings in that
art of the country. Its ground floor
s occupied by a company of soldiers
installed there as a guard. The two
upper floors, consisting of ^4 - rooms
most simply furnished, constitute the
apartments of "Colonel Romanoff."
There Is neither running water nor
gas, neither electricity nor bathroom.
The servants are obliged to draw from
a nearby well the water needed for
household purposes. The rooms are
heated, by brick o\ens which burn
wood. The larg#t room is not more
than 16 feet by 10 feet.
The windows of the house look out
on an unattractive landscape. There
Is not even a garden where the ex-
czar might c\ig and forget his bore-
dom. A narrow balcony and a court-
yard inclosed by high brick walls fur-
nish the only breathing spots for the
Nicholas Romanoff and his wife aie
practically condemned to the lives of
recluses. Their sole outing consists in
attending mass at the cathedral of the
Annunciation or at a neighboring mon-
astery or going to the public .baths,
whera as a special favor the revolu-
tionary authorities permit Ihem to
bathe once a week. Whenever they iff)
out they are escorted by a platoon of
soldiers commanded by four officers of
The fare Imposed upon the prisoners
is of the most frugal nature. Once ac-
customed to the delicate refinements
of French cooking, they are forced to
be content with ordinary Russian
dishes: pling, a sort of roll covered
with caviar; bortsch, a thick soup
made of beets and other vegetables;
kalacha, a cheese paste.
The people of Tobolsk show neither
hostility nor sympathy toward the ex-
iled family. Life In the small town Is
consistently monotonous. The exist-
ence of the former emperor drags
along In drab sadness. Now and then
he la authorized to receive the visit or
two faithful high functionaries whom
the revolutionary government permit-
ted to accompany him In his exile—
Count Frederlks and General Voyekov.
Nicholas Romanoff said recently to
General Voyekov In aq accent of pro-
"Has my life not always been that
of a prisoner? I do not regret my lost
power. All I ask Is to be allowed to
reflro to Crimea, where I could live
surrounded by flowers. I feel more
than ever that I would be peaceful and
happy as a simple citizen of a repub-
His resignation in no wise Is shared
by the former Czarina Alexandra.
Nowadays Alexandra devotes herself
to her children, whom she teaches not
to resign themselves but to remember.
What makes her most Indignant Is that
she Is allowed neither to write nor re-
ceive letters that are not opened by
the revolutionary officers. She con-
stantly repeats to her daughters:
"Never forget what we are forced
to bear at the present moment."
If the grand duchesses are allowed
to come and go freely In the town
without the vexation of any surveil-
lance, the same thing Is not true of the
ex-czarevltch. Prince Alexis, who Is
familiarly known as Alioscha, can go
out and play In the public parks wher-
ever he likes, but he is watched by
guards specially attached to his person.
The daughters of the former czar
lead a simple life. Grand Duchess
Olga, the most serious of them all, has
enrolled herself among the voluntary
nurses of a military hospital to which
are sent convalescents from Siberia
and where she conscientiously passes
several hours a day.
Grand Duchess Marie has taken up
stenography and typewriting to help
her father write his memoirs. But he
dictates nothing and writes nothing.
Sometimes he lenns out of the only
window, which overlooks the town,
and watches his children when they go
for a walk. He wears the undress
uniform of a colonel of the Prevbajen-
skys and puts on a dignified air as
soon as he thinks he Is being observed.
But when he thinks himself alone his
back loses Its stiffness, he hides his
care-lined face In his hands and this
man, whose hair has turned quite
white, falls Into melancholy brooding.
No advance in price for thia 20-year-
old remedy— 25c for 24 tableta-Some
cold tablet* now 30c for 21 tablet*—
Figured on proportionate coat per
tablet, you aave 9%c when you buy
in 24 houra—grip
In 3 days— Money
back if it fails.
24 T ibUta for 25c.
At any Drue Stora
One of the easiest ways to cool an
overheated oven Is to stand a basin
of cold water In It.
False Rumors Shake Britain
Irresponsible Talk Is the Worst
Form of Enemy Pro-
PEACE BRIBE TO BERLIN
Thousand Asses Loaded With Pure
Gold Reported to Be Sent—Wild
Tale of Fight Between Two
London.—The most deadly form of
German propaganda in Great Britain
today is the mouth to mouth rumor.
Wherever one goes, in clubs or restau-
rants, at the theater or In the railway
car, one's peace of mind will be Irre-
trievably shattered by some kindly in-
The keep of the London Tower has
been overcrowded with riddled corpses
to a positively unsanitary degree. Now
It will be an airman of worldwide re-
nown. The next day an ex-lord chan-
cellor of the realm will toe the line fol-
lowing him ; King George will have his
Germanic extraction flung in his teeth,
and an ex-prime minister receive the
welcome news that he has sold the
country to save his financial Intesests
in the enemy's country. Your true
propagandist is no respector of per-
Of Eastern Origin.
There was one story of distinct East-
ern origin. Great Britain, ran the
rumor by way of kindly neutrals, had
sent a thousand asses laden with pure
gold as a peace bribe to Berlin. A later
effort, told with due pathos and dra-
matic effect, concerned the loss of a
large American transport, which had
been sent down by a German U-boat,
with a total loss of life and material.
The rumor was common property, with,
perhaps, the possible exception of the
American naval authorities.
"Thousands of Woolwich arsenal
workers, unable to obtain food, were
rioting furiouslyt and the troops had
to be called out," was the preface
to another. Inquiry showed the case
to be that of a woman of Inebriate
habits and revolutionary tendencies, a
misapprehension with a local police
constable and a sympathetic crowd,
hungry and disappointed, supplied the
necessary background und climax.
Another case was that of two kiltie
regiments. The Highlanders, hold-
ing the left flank of a big advance
movement, were to have been sup-
ported at 5 a. m. of a freezing winter
morning by the Black Watch. The
latter failed to put in an appearance.
The Highlanders, sadly mauled by
shrapnel and machine guns, returned
to rest billets at quarter strength and
swearing vengeance dire. On the road
the Black Watch was encountered.
Forthwith the two battalions set about
one another with their dirks and bay-
onets, leaving the dead and dying by
the roadside In the hundreds. This
story to the troops Individually con-
cerned proved extremely acceptable
from its humorous element alone.
To drive a tank, handle the guns, and
sweep over the enemy trenches, takes
strong nerves, good rich blood, a good
stomach, liver and kidneys. When the
time comes, the man with red blood in
his veins "is up and at it." He has iron
nerves for hardships—an interest in his
work grips him. That's the way you
feel when you have taken a blood and
nerve tonic, made up of Blood root,
Golden Seal root, Stone root, Cherry
bark, and rolled Into a sugar-coated
tablet and sold In sixty-cent vials by al-
most all druggists for past fifty years
as Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Discov-
ery. This tonic, In liquid or tablet form,
is just what you need this spring to
give you vim, vigor and vitality. At the
fag end of a hard winter, no wonder
you feel "run-down," blue, out of sorts.
Try this "Medical Discovery" of Dr.
Pierce's. Don't wait! To-day Is the
day to begin! A little "pep," and you
laugh and live.
The best means to oil the mncliinery
of the body, put tone Into the liver,
kidneys and circulatory system, Is to
first practice a good house-cleaning.
I know of nothing better as a laxative
than a vegetable pill made up of May-
apple, leaves of aloe and Jalap. This
is commonly sold by all druggists as
Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets, and
should be taken at least once a wee* to
clear the twenty-five feet of Intestines.
You will thus clean the system—expel
the poisons and keep well. Now is
the time to clean house. Give yourself
a spring house cleaning.—Adv.
Soap 29c. Olatateat 25 and 50c.
Hunt's Salve, formerly called
Hunt's Cure is especially com
Founded for the treatment ol
tch, Eczema, Ring worm, and
Tetter, and is sold by the drug-
prist on the strict guarantee that
the purchase price, 75c, will b«
promptly refunded to any dissat
isfled customer. Try Hunt's8alv«
at our risk. Your looal druggist,
or direct by mail from
A. B. Richards Medicine Co., Sherman, Tex
. PARK FR'S '
. _ HAIR BALSAM _
A toilet preparation of merit,
n lps to eradicate dandruff.
For R est oring Color and
B eauty to Or a 7 or Faded Hair.
60c. and jl.CO at Druggists.
A BAD COUGH
ii risky to neglect. Take it In hand, and
safeguard your health by promptly taking
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