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    So He Took the 50,000 Dinars ■
and Her Majesty Smiled
Oh, What a Romance for the
Handsomest Corporal in
the King’s
Guard After
He Caught the
Milan Petrovitch, Handiom* Younij
Royal Guard, To Win Hi* Pretty
Zenit** He Had to Raise 1,000
Quintal* of Spuds.
RECENT dispatch from Bel
grade gave only brief details
j of a highly dramatic episode in the
kingdom of Jugoslavia. It con
cerned a royal guard who was
rewarded for miraculously saving
the life of the baby son of the king
and queen. In the following article
a correspondent of this newspaper
tells the real story of the rescue
and its amazing sequel.
VITCH, carrying a long gleam
ing sabre, paced the courtyard
outside the Summer palace of King
Alexander at Dedttaje. He was dream
ing of Zenitza, his sweetheart, of
Banjalouka, his home, and of the po
tato crop that awaited his labors,
Suddenly, from the balcony above
him, came a cry of terror. It escaped
from the lips of Queen Marie, Her
two-year-old son. Prince Andreas, had
fallen from her arms and tumbled oyer
the edge of the balcony toward the
marble terrace twenty-five feet below.
Corporal Petrovitch forgot his
dreams and his sword. Whirling about
he threw up his arms and—in that
fearful split second he caught the little
Prince and saved his life.
Thus did the handsome young royal
guard become a national hero. The
whole of the Scrb-Croat-Slovene State
Queen Marie of JugOtiavia, Holding Prince Tomitiaff (left) and Prince Andrea*, To
ward Whom Her Motherly Gale Wat Directed When the Camera Snapped. Queen
Marie Wear* Valuable Pearla Around Her Neck—But, Far
More Dear to Her, Are These I wo
went mad about him. The king pre
sented him with 50,000 dinars in gold
( $10,000 ), the qUcen invited him to be
her guest, the dark-eyed ladies of the
court honored him with melting glances
— and postcard pictures Of him flooded
the nation.
But in the midst of these great hon
ors, all that Corporal Petrovitch could
think of were his sweetheart, his home
and that potato crop. These factors
comprised one of the most unusual
rotniantic stories that have come from
the smiting banks of the blue Danube,
And the peasants of Jugoslavia are
telling with relish the story of how
one heroic deed made Milan Petrovitch
rich artd helped his dream of winning
the beautiful Zen it za to come true.
I'ntil this episode Milan was known
only t—and then to but a few ladies of
the court who watched him furtively-—
as the handsomest corporal of the
king's guard. They did not know,
however, that his one ambition was to
marry Zenitza, who lived in his native
village of Banjalouka. But there w-as
a grave obstacle in the path of his
Old Gospitch, her father,was-hard
and had hi- own ideas a,bout marriage.
One of them Was that he would not
give Zepitia away until Milan and his
folks had raised 1,000 quintals of’po
tatoes. \ The potato crop was fine but
it needed Milan to harvest it. Three
weeks of hard work in the fields—and
lire prize his heart longed for would
be won!
These were the things Corporal
Petrovitch was thinking of as he paced
the courtyard outside the Summer
palace. He was not aware of Queen
Marie, who was on the balcony above
him, attended by Madame Hadzitch,
wife of the Minster of War, Strict at
tention to duty and to the formalities
of his office forbade him to look up
and see She queen trying to quiet little
Prince Andreas, who was kicking and
twisting in her arms as even the most
democratic of infants are. -kick
and twist.
Three Children of Alexander and Marie of Jugoslavia.
Prince Andreas, Who Was Saved from Death, Sits in the
Middle. Prince Tomislaff, Seems About to Give a
Brotherly Kiss—or Is It a Royal Secret? Anway, Crown
Prince Peter, at Left, Is Indifferently Amused.
Then he heard the scream, saw the
falling baby and caught him while the
queen swooned. The prince was not
injured, was still kicking, even, when
the queen approached Corporal Petro
viteh. She thanked him and the
young corporal returned to his job as
sentinel and to his dreams. Halt' an
hour later ho was summoned to the
Conditions oj the
Iilood and H hot
Makes Blood Clot
(Physician and Hurgron)
WITHIN a few minutes after
blood is shed it undergoes a
series of changes and becomes
converted into a stiff, jelly-like mass,
called a clot. The process starts first
from tlie .surfaces where the blood is
in contact with any foreign body.
Ultimately the whole mass of blood
sets solid. After a little while the clot
begins to shrink. As it does so a clear
yellow colored fluid is expressed from
it. This process continues until even
tually the clot becomes a firm shrunken
body floating on ton of a poo) of
serum. \
If a drop of fresh blood is placed'
under the microscope and examined,
the detailed steps of clotting can be
watched. It wiil be noticed that the
red blood cells come together in small
groups like packages of coins. As they
do so, short fine threads, called fibrin,
appear between the groups. These
threads form a close netw ork which en
tangles all the cells in the blood. This
causes the blood to set into a gel.
Soon afterward the fibers begin to con
’ tract, and as the they have
formed is so small the Cells remain im
prisoned. The fluid part of the blood
Is squeezed out as if from a sponge.
This liquid is ciTfled the serum,
j Blood cannot clot unless the threads
ol fibrin form. This can be demon
\— 'Normal ^-position of red blood
JJ,— Position assume} by red eell* in
< lotted blood among the threads
of fibrin.
stint' d li> whipping ;i quantity of ani
mal blood with a sfnali bundle of twijTs.
Ih< fibrin, which readily forms, stifles
to the yciiT' and is rapidly mrunrd
from tho blood. When washed with
water we find that the fibrin Is while
and stringf; it is rather tough, hut can
be stretched, as :t is elastic. Robbed
of the fibrin the blood cannot clot now ,
but remains in the fluid state.
Fibrin is not present in the blood
as it flows through the vcs-els. It
makes its appearance only When blood
is shed. Where, then, does it come
from? It is believed that fibrin is
formed by the action of a ferment upon
other invisible substances in the blood
in the presence of calcium salts. This
ferment is derived from most tissues of
the body. This explains the fact that
when blood is permitted to flow over
cut tissue it clots very rapidly.
Why doesn't clotting take place
within tile blood vessels" One reason
is that tile ferment docs not' make its
appearance until the blood is shed, as
just explained. Another and very im
portant reason i- found in the nature
of the surface with which the blood
comes in contact The Lining of the
blood vessels is perfectly smooth. There
is no faetot present which can disturb
the plasma and cause the process of
clotting to occur. That this is true can
ba proven by letting blood into a glass
vessel thoroughly and smoothly lined
with a layer of paraffin or oil. Blood
"will remain there for a comparatively
long period in its natural state. How
ever, if we permit the blood to come
hi contact with rough surfaces, as the
cut tissues themselves, or n piece of
£UiM:e or cotton, the process of dotting
la miitritally hastened
king’s presence.
Alexander I.
young king of all
the Serbs, Croats
a n cl Slovenes.
seemed to be in a bad humor. With a
frown he demanded the young guard's
name. When it was given, the king
“You dropped your sword while on
guard duty, sir.”
“Yes-s-s, your Majesty.”
“What explanation have you'.’’’
“N'-none, your Majesty.”
But King Alexander knew why.
Suddenly he smiled on Petrovitch and
then said:
■ '"11
“Corporal Petrovitch heard the Queen'*
• tartled cry. Whirling about he dropped
hi* sword, threw up hi* arm* and—
caught the baby prince a* it tumbled
from the balcony.”
“Make a wish, Milan Petrovitch.
Whatever it is, I shall grant it!”
Here, it seemed, was an Aladdin
tale come true. The expression of any
desire from the humble soldier would
have become a royal command.
“I have no wish, your Majesty.”
“I can make you a lieutenant of the
Popular Alexander, I, King of
Jugoslavia, Who Said to the Man Whe
Saved Hia Baby’* Life: "Make a with
and whatever it ia 1 shall grant it.”
guards," said the monarch, “or 1 can
give you an important position in ths
royal household. What is it, man? J
must reward you—you hava saved my
son’s life.”
The guard hesitated.
‘‘With your Majesty’s leave,” he said
at last, “I would like to return to mj
parents on a three weeks’ furlough.”
The king was puzzled and asked
what he wanted there. The queen tried
to urge him to make a more substantial
request. But Milan Petrovitch was
still thinking of Zenitza and of the po
tato crop. He told the king and queen
his story. The monarchs were amazed
and then deeply moved.
“We shall see what can be done
about it,” Raid the queen and the
young soldier was dismissed — with
more smiles.
That same evening Milan was sum
moned again before the queen. He
was commanded to appear—not in
corporal’s uniform, but in a sergeant'*
garb. About the throne room were
the dark-eyed ladies of the court.
Amidst much pomp and splendor
Milan Petrovitch was presented with
the sum of 50,000 dinars in gold,
enough to purchase half of his native
village and far more than necessary
to melt old Gospitch’s heart. Tha
young soldier wanted to refuse tha
money, but when the queen reminded
him of Zenitza, he accepted it. And
then came the unbelievable, the fairy
story climax.
The king, entering the room,
clasped Milan’s hand. The queen
reached up and kissed him on both
“You are to leave for your home
tomorrow,” said the king.
“And you are not to return to Bel
grade until you can bring your wife,”
added the queen.
Milan Petrovitch broke into tears.
The rest of the story need only be
imagined—the triumphant return of
the young soldier to his home, the final
victory over old Gospitch, the return
to tile palace with Zenitza the bride,
and. . . .
They lived happily ever after.
“Your Hope for Success Is Within YOU”
BE human, cultivate your person
ality—-and work!
This is the succinct advice to
"Don't lie l.olil
arul I m per tonal."
young mm who
would succeed in
business, given by
William Kessendcn
Merrill, president,,
of Remington
Rami, Inc. It has
been his guiding
force from the
time he began as a
clerk in the Li
brary liureau Ser
vice. after gradu
ating from A in
li erst, u n t il hr
reached the top of
one of the nation’s
great industrial
Mr. Merrill is chiefly a believer in
the old, but often disregarded ad
monition of hard work. His business
philosophy is summed up in the declara
tion that duty to the firm lor which
you work should be above personal
considerations.. Balanced against this
rigid code is his belief in the human
izution of industry and the constant
nee of the personal touch in the
most impersonal matters.
The story of the rise of this SC-year
old head of Remington Rand is an ob
ject lesson in his own theories of suc
cf*.. His father' was a minister, and
most of his relatives had a greater
interest in professional matters than
in business. Upon his graduation from
Amherst he began at the bottom of the
business ladder with the old Library
Bureau Company. Within ten years
he rose to a prominent place in the
organization. Later he became pres
ident or general manager of several
other concerns before joining the Rem
ington Rami Company, which three
years ago effected a large merger of
several independent companies.
“One of the great mistakes among
many young men in business today,”
he says, “is in thinking that they can
achieve success merely through spec
tacular means Rut success is achieved
in the same old-fashioned method—
through hard work and conscientious
attentiveness to duty.
“The young man who wants to suc
ceed—or, at least, it has been my ex
perience—must decide, first of all,
whether he is prepared to sacrifice
time and personal preferences. His
work must form a major part of his
life. He must be prepared to let
everything else go by the board, if
“ 1 his does not mean, however, that
ho must lose sight of the human touch.
That is a mistake many young men
make. It is a fallacy to assume that
the man who seeks to rise to the top
of the business world must be cold,
ruthless and impersonal. Work is u
personal matter. Each man in an
office or factory has a personal relation
to other workers. This factor must
not and canftot bo ignored.
“It is because of it that the man
with a personality has every opportu
nity to succeed. So I would advise the
young man to cultivate his personality j
as well as his ability; to improve his
mind, his appearance, his tastes, as
well as to improve himself in the work
he has at hand. His hope for success i
lies within himself.”
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