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ALL GERMANY READY TO FIGHT
FEEL SURE OF SUCCESS
New York, Aug. 24. "From the
emperor to the common laborer, the
natien is ready to defend itself against
this unwarranteL.attack and I have
perfect confidence" OKvictory," was
the statement here today of Count
Johann Von Bernstorff, German am
bassador to the United States.
The ambassador arrayed from Rot
terdam today on the hner Noordam,
and talked with the greatest freedom.
He plainly indicated that feeding as a
result of Japan's entrance into the
war is bitter.
"The calling in of the yellow men
shows that the allies are not very
confident of the outcome," the am
bassador declared. "England, as the
Japanese ambassadors have said, re
quested Japan to enter the fight."
Von Bernstorff denounced the false
stories that have been circulated in
the United States as to the wounding
of the German crown prince and re
ports from the German army head
quarters. He said Gen. Von Emmich, com
manding the German troops before
Liege, had not committed suicide, but
was still alive though suffering from
a wound in the leg
The crown prince was never at
Liege, the ambassador declared, but
is in command of the army and fort
ress at Metz.
"The last German victory I heard
of before leaving,Vrsajd Von Bern
storff, "was won at Metz by the forces
under the crown prince."
As to the part Japan might play in
the war, the ambassador declared the
yellow men would undoubtedly take
Kiao-Chau, as they would far out
number the German defenders.
"By the end of the war," he said,
"Japan will have the supremacy of
the Pacific. She took advantage of
the present situation to strike the
blow which will result in the supre
macy she had longed for for years."
Count Von Bernstroff told an en
tirely different story of of the forces
attacking Liege than those reported
in newspaper dispatches from Bel
gium. "When the real story of the attack
upon Liege is told," he said, "Amer
icans will have a far different opin
ion of German military methods. The
troops under Gen. Von Emmich at
tacking the forts numbered only be- (ft
tween 5,000 and 6,000 men. What
was expected to require weeks was
accomplished in days. The taking of
Liege is one of the greatest military
feats of modern times."
The ambassador said his wife was
now with the Red Cross at Munich.
His son is with the emperor's guard.
"But for the service for my coun
try in Washington, I would be on the
battle line myself," Von Bernstorff
WILSON WONT DROP GOVT SHIP
Washington, Aug. 24. President
-Wilson does not intend to drop his
government ship purchase plan. He
told 'callers today that a wrong im
pression concerning the proposal has
been created in interested quarters.
He did not deny, however, that the
government would drop its plan or
modify it considerably if private capi
tal backed down from' its position
that the government guarantee the
bonds issued by capitalists.
Just what course would be taken if
private capital should come to the
front and establish sufficient ships,
he declared, would depend largely on
the discretion of the administration.
He made it plain that he has no
alternative for the government unless
private capital recedes from its pres- KJ
ent position. The government fleet,
he pointed out, is intended largely to
develop new trade. In this respect,
he said, private enterprises would be
aided by the opening of new fields.
To clear beetles out of cupboards
and larders sprinkle a little benzine
over the boards. It will kill the eggs
as well as the insects.