National Geographic : 1913 Mar
Photo from Katrice Nicolson SHALLOW WATERS OF SCUTARI LAKE nations contented themselves with send ing letters of felicitation by the hands of their ministers in residence, and among them the American alone was able to hail Nicholas as King, for Mr. Taft had taken care to address his great and good friend as His Majesty, and Nicholas has never forgotten that the American President was the first chief of state who addressed him as King. There, too, were the deputations from all the clans of the Black Mountain, and as they passed before the palace and made their obeisance to the Gospodar one was struck with the instinctive and natural grace of these Highlanders, whose courtesy is the fruit of their cen turies of freedom. MOTOR CARS ARE SCARCE Nicholas alone of Balkan monarchs lives among his people-an undertaking which is rendered easier by the limits of his kingdom. At every considerable town there is a royal villa, and among the delights of life at Cetinje is the priv ilege of automobiling with the King to spend the week end at Rieka, Krusovac, Niksic, or Antivari. Practically the only motor cars in Montenegro are those in use by royalty, and as the machines purr along the splen did roads all the peasants working in the fields, even the most distant, straighten themselves and make a deep obeisance as the car passes, and at every halting place the people swarm up to see if they may have the privilege of kissing the royal hand. It has been my good fortune to make frequent excursions of this kind, and once, as we went to Niksic, we were less than two hours from Cetinje when we entered upon the territory which Nich olas himself had taken from the Turks during the Russian war. Passing north from Podgoritza, we soon passed the old Turkish stronghold of Spuzh. Spuzh is a perfectly conical hill set in the mid dle of the meadows of the Moraca River. It had been a fortress in Venetian times. and their old battlements, as strength ened by the Turks, still crown its heights. As we bowled along the King de scribed the campaign which resulted in the capture of the fortress. On every hand were the reminiscent landmarks.