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A Turkish 'Daughter of the Regiment'

The St. Petersburg correspondent of tho Daily News tells the following pretty story of a ' daughter of the regiment.' During the Rutso-Turkish waj a private in the Kez' !i olm Regiment when in Bulgaria fouid a little Turkish girl about four years o!d, who had been abandoned by her father and mother. The soldier '.ook tho littln one to his officers, who rtßolved to adopt it. The child, who was buffering from want of food, noon recovered, and told her protectors tbat h«r name was Aiau, As a ion &8 peace hud been signed and the Russians were allowed to enter Constantinople the colonel bought a quantity of dresses for 'the young lady,' and 'a hat with a real garden of flowers unon it.' When the regiment returned to Warsaw the officers resolved to do their best for the girl. They imposed upon thf-mselvts an incometax of 1 per cent, and resolved to pay to ' tbe Aish fund' ten copecks o£ each game of carda used at the regimental club, &o. A.ißf', who ineaowhile had b9on christened under the name of Maria Kexholmskaia, was then placed at 'he Maria College for young girle at Warsaw. Twelve years have passed "aod Maria Kexholuaskaia has become a pretty girl, and has jnst fioiahed her college studies. Tho regiment gave a fete in her honour a few dcys ago ; then a state dinner, dunng which tbe oldest noncommissioned officer of the regiment, in the came of all the privates, presented a holy image, aad in the evening there was a bail. As a sign of her gratitude, Maria Ke&holfuekaia presented the regiment with t> large velvet cushion, on which she had embroidered in gold the monogram of tie regiment and exact copies of all th« decoi ratioDH and medals tbe regiment has received for its gallantry. In one of the corners fbe bod embroidereil ' Masba (-">r Maria) Kexhoimska : a, 24th January, 1878 —19ih Juor, 1890.' The Emperor of Außtsia 8 the chief of tho regiment, and it is supposed that he will do something to show his interest in the daughter of his regimen*, who jh now Btaying with Gene ml Pitnjoutin, commander of the 11th Division, the uffii'or who commanded the Kaxholm Regiment when little Aish was found.

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Southland Times, Southland Times, Issue 11563, 17 September 1890

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A Turkish 'Daughter of the Regiment' Southland Times, Issue 11563, 17 September 1890

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