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The St. Petersburg correspondent;.: of the Dally News tells the following pretty •story of a " daughter of the regiment." 'During the Russo-Turklsh war a private in the Kexholm Regiment, when in Bulgaria, found a little Turkish girl about' four years old, who had been abandoned by her father and mother.- 'The soldier took the little one to his oflSoers,- who resolved to adopt Jt.' The ' phlldj'Wtto was snffering from want of food,.soon '.recovered, and told her protectors, thather name was Aish'.' Aa.soon as jpeace had :been signed and the Russians were allowed •to enter Constantinople,the oolonel bought a quantity of dresaea for " the young lady " and a " hat . with a roal garden of flowers upon It." When the. regiment returned to Warsaw ttie officers' resolved to do their best for the,,glrL They imposed upon themaelves'anlncotae tax of 1 per cent., and resolved to "the Aish fund" tea copecks |d£ each game of cards used at this regimental club, etc. Aish, who meanwhile had heen christened under the'name of Maria Kex-/ holmakaia,"was then' placed at the Maria College for young girls atWarsaw. Twelve years have passed and Maria Kexholmskaiij' has . become a pretty ; girl, and has just finished her college studleß. The regiment gave a fete in her honor a few days ago ; then a State dinner, during which' the oldest non - commissioned 'dffioetl 1 of the regiment, in the name of all the privates, presented a holy.lmage, and In the evening there wad a ball. As a sign of her gratitude,__Mar|a Kexholmskaia" presented the regiment with a large velvet cushion, on which Bhe had embroidered in gold the monogram of the regiment and exact copies of all the decorations and medals the regiment has received for its gallantry. Ia odb of the corners she had embroidered " Maaha (or M«rla) Kexholmskaia, 24th January, 1878—19ih June, 1890." The Euperor of Austria is the chief of the regiment, and it is supposed that he will da something to Bhow his interest In the daughter of his regiment, who is now staying with General Paojoutin, commander of the 11th Division, the officer who commanded the Kexholm Regiment when little Aish was found.

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A TURKISH " DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT.", Oamaru Mail, Volume XV, Issue 4773, 15 September 1890

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A TURKISH " DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT." Oamaru Mail, Volume XV, Issue 4773, 15 September 1890