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ing, not only of his own, but of the
"I had many friends in America.
I believe 1 still have some there. I
also, have many friends in England
or rather had," said the prince. Then'
turning abruptly and looking me
squarely in the eye, he said:
"I want you to tell me exactly what
is said about me in America."
I hesitated a moment, trying to
figure just how much frankness was
compatible with discretion in discuss
ing personalities witn the crown
prince of the German empire. Ap
parently reading my thoughts, his
highness laughed good naturedly and
"I like frankness and can stand the
truth. Go ahead. I really want to
"Well," I Teplied, "the fact is that
your imperial highness has been
very generally represented, or mis
represented, as one of the krieg
shetzer, a war agitator, leader of the
war party and exponent extraordin
ary of militarism."
"Yes, I know," said the crown
prince, nodding his head in assent
and giving no evidence of surprise.
"And the English press says all that
and much more. The English papers
have stated that I am a thief and that
have personally robbed and pillaged
these French houses in which we
have been forced to make our head
quarters. Really and I want you to
tell me frankly is it possible that in
telligent, people in America, or even
in England, can honestly believe
such things of me? Can it be pos
sible that they believe me capable .of
stealing pictures or art treasures, or
permitting the looting of French
I reminded him that in war times
sane judgment often went by the
"I know, but it is simply incredible
that people could believe what the
English papers have printed about
me personally and about our side of
have I committed suicide or been;
I admitted that I had lost count. t
"I am supposed recently to have
been badly defeated on the Russian -frontier,"
chuckled his highness.
"But this whole business would be
much more amusing," he added in a"
more sober tone, "if I did not know
that as a result of it the public in
neutral countries is being misled. As;
to my being a war agitator, I am truly
sorry that people do not know me.
"There is no war party in Ger
many now and there never has been. ,
I cannot help believing that it will,
very soon dawn upon the world that
so far as Germany is concerned this
conflict is not a war waged by some .
mythical party, but is a fight backed,
by the unity and solidarity of the
German empire. This unitey is the,
best answer to the charge with which
England is endeavoring to terrify the,"
world that the war is being pushed,
by an ambitious mltary clque."
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Washington. Commissioner of in
ternal revenue ruled that f ederela re-.
serve banks are not subject to war!
tax under act passed Oct, 22. r
San Antonio, Tex. Swindled out""
of $20,000 in business deal, Frank
Morrison, 71, retired farmer, suicided.!
Minneapolis. Frank Brown, trav-)
eling salesman, shot and killed wife
and self. May die. Jealousy.
To s?y AoztsAjg. s
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