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Nothing in Motion Pictures
Nor in Fiction More
Surprising, More Dramatic
Tkan tne Real Life Career
of Tins Young Adventuress
H - 1
Young Wife of Russia's Aged Minister of
vated the Friendship of lime. SoukhomlinoB,
reed with Having Betrayed Russia's War
er Husband Was Sent to Prison for Life.
shine army officers.
an unexpected sud-
ig was chaos in
lery hand there were
of the throne itself.
phdle divisions were
vho danced attend-
from France con
rto her and many
Phe chaos increased.
Lte conditions in the
Ltrigue haunting the
Ire-free women who
8L Petersburg from
Some of these he
jf midnight the tall,
bus cafe, in which the
fbt. At almost every
awned young woman.
if his army who had
influence a leave of
:.tbe fighting was.
log women the Grand
I armies at tne iront.
afiiS-officers was, to
him a sign of intrigue. As b estood in the cafe
doorway overlooking the merry midnight crowd
an officer saw him. Instantly a bush spread
over the room. One after the other the truant
officers arose, clicked their heels and stood,
silent and fearful, at the side of their tables.
The Grand Duke stepped into the room. Be
hind him six moujik soldiers framed themselves
in the doorway. The Commander turned down
the aisle between the tables. He stopped before
a major, who saluted with shaking arm. The
Grand Duke gave a sharp order. The major
saluted again and walked to the door, 'where he
gave his side arms to the corporal in command
of the moujiks.
At six other tables the Grand Duke stopped
and gave that same gruff order to an officerwho
saluted while his feminine companion quaked to
her very boots.
When he had reached the end of the aisle the
Grand Duke turned toward the doorway and
lifted' his hand to the corporal of the guard.
Then he stood still, silent and grim, vwhile the
soldiers at the door across the room formed into
line behind the seven officers and marched them
outside. The Grand Duke remained, standing,
coldly eyeing the scene before him, the standing
officers and the hushed,, whitened faces of their
companions. In hardly more than a minute a
shot echoed in through the door. A shudder
swept over the room. Then, with a terrible, un
wavering precision, six more shots were heard.
As the sound of the last died away the Grand
Duke swept his eyes once mote across the room
and walked back down the aisle and out the door.
The Seven Still Forms That Met
the Eyes of the Terrorized Revellers
When the crowd surged out of the cafe, its
faces ghastly white, its women shrieking in hys
teria, it was confronted at the sidewalk by
seven bodies stretched in a row, with a moujik
guard awaiting the arrival of the ambulances.
The arbitrary methods of the Grand Duke .
served to so"ber'the city, but upon the" intrigues
of such resourceful spies and agents as Mme.
Storch they had little effect. She played" for'
higher game than bucolic confidences at .public
One of the most talked about persons of high
estate in Russia at that time was Mme. Soukhom
linoff, the young and charming wife of the aged
Minister of War. Mme. Soukhomlinoff was a
dressmaker's model in a little Ukrainian town
when she attracted the attention of Russia's most
powerful statesman, head of the War Depart
nient, and virtually commander-in-chief of the
army. 'The Minister's wooing was short and
romantic. Suddenly he
introduced the dress
maker's model to the
capital as his wife.
, Mme. Soukhomlinoff
enjoyed to the utmost
her sudden rise. For
a time her establish
ment was, necessarily,
The War Minister was
not wealthy, having
risen from an humble
station to his high po
sition. Yet his young
wife quickly displayed
a taste for lavish lux
uries which became a
matter of general com
ment It is believed that
Mme Storcb was or
dered by Germany to
cultivate the acauaint-
ance of Mme Soukhomlinoff She was welcomed
as a confidante by the War Minister's wife.
Shortly after this acquaintance began .Mme
Soukhomlinoff displayed all the evidences of a
mysterious source of wealth. Her entertainments
became remarkable for their extravagance, and
her taste for jewels and motors was indulged to
As Russia's part in the war began to assume
definite shape it became apparent that the quick
est route to choice appointments, promotions or
positions of trust under the War Ministry lay
through Mme. Soukhomlinoff's reception room.
To her even the scions of powerful families went
with their pleas for preferment. It was noticed
that those who win the favor of the young Mme.
Soukhomlinoff received also the favor of her hus
band, the Minister of War. It was a remarkable
coincidence that among these were many in
whom Mme. Storcb also was deeply interested.
One of these latter was an officer of gendarme
from the Eieff district. Captain Miasoyedoff had
won many honors as a soldier, having risen from
the ranks to his commission in the semi-military
organization. In the mobilization he was trans
ferred back to the army and stationed at Petro
grad. He wanted to be sent to -the front with
the army that was about to invade East Prussia.
He learned that one way to accomplish this was
by paying his respects to the wife of the Minister
of War., N
Mme. Storch at once b'wame interested in Cap
tain Miasoyedoff, who was much pleased that tho
friend of Mme. Soukhomlinoff should single him
out for special attention. There were many
tete-a-tetes; The soldier lost his heart to the
captivating young woman, who promised to
plead for him with the War Minister's wife. The
captain merely wanted to be transferred from
his post in Petrograd to the front. Very well;
that should be done. Mme. Kezie would arrange
it herself. But he was so handsome; so military,
and a colonel's uniform would be so much more .
magnificent than his captain's outfit. How
wpuld he like to be a colonel T
There were many more tete-a-tetes. The capi'
tain's devotion increased. A colonel 1 It was
beyond his dreams. And, besides, the- love of
such a beautiful creature as-this intimate -friend
of the powerful wife of the Minister of Warl He
could hardly believe it possible. -
But itwas. Captain Miasoyedoff received his.
commission, as colonel, with orders to report to
the commanding officer of the Tenth Army Corps,
which comprised the troops leading the meteoric
invasion of East Prussia I
The-rest of the records of the court of inquiry
which sat a few months later are illuminating.
At the height of Grand Duke Nicholas's com
paign, when the Russian army had battled its
way into the very heart of Eastern Germany,
Hindenburg suddenly turned upon the invaders,
striking at half a dozen vulnerable points. He
trapped the whole of the Tenth Army Corps, and
virtually wiped it out in terrible slaughter. The
Grand J)uke discovered that the ammunition
which he held in reserve to meet such a crisis
would not explode. His artillery was proved
defective. The reserves he called for were hur
ried to him, but without rifles. Hindenburg
knew where every weak spot in the Russian ad
vance was located, and hammered it witlj terrible
effectiveness. The retreat.became a rout. That
was the beginning of the Russian collapse.
It was soon discovered that all the offensive
plans of the Russian army had been delivered to
Hindenburg as soon as they were formulated
that the German commander knew in advance as
much about the disposition, and equipment of
the Russians as did the Grand Duke himself.
The newly commissioned Colonel Miasoyedoff
. was found to be the traitor. It was discovered
that he, assigned to a regiment which always
was in contact with the enemy, had taken advan
tage of the opportunities thus afforded him to
deliver advance information of Russian military
movements to Hindenburg. Colonel Miasoyedoff
was hanged.. Then Russia set about to discover
how the colonel received information which was
supposed to be for the Commander-in-Chief alone.
How Russia's Tragic Fate Was
Fixed in the Boudoir of a Woman
This investigation led direct to the boudoir of
Mme. Soukhomlinoff, She, it was learned, had
long been the real Minister of War. She had
dominated her husband. Russia's war plans had
been on a table in her boudoir before they were
transmitted to the Commander-in-Chief. Con
tracts for ammunition and orders for its trans
portation were virtually issued by Mme. Souk
homlinoff herself, to whom the War Minister had
given authority to sign his name to important
Mme. Soukhomlinoff could not explain the
source of the vast income which hep private ex
penditures indicated. She could not explain
why she had caused her husband by the use of
his signature to send thousands of tons of ammu
nition from Petrograd to Moscow when the Grand
Duke in East Prussia was calling for it desper
ately. She could not explain, either, how Colonel
Miasoyedoff knew that the Tenth Army Corps
would be in a perilous position, without guns or
powder, at the precise moment Hindenburg chose
for his fateful blow. Yet it was shown that in
formation could only have been obtained from
the table in her boudoir.
The Minister of War was sentenced to a dun
geon for life as a traitor. It was the Russian
way to be gallant to women. Mme. Soukhomli
noff was acquitted when the court brought in its
merciless verdict against her husband.
In the meantime Prince Soubenkoff, who had
escaped the massacre of the Tenth Army Corps,
had seen on the street the face of Mme. Storch.
She was warned in time, and ma.de her escape
before the expose of iier victim, Colonel Miasoye
doff. and the disgrace of the Minister of War.
Those who knew said Mme. Storch had compelled
the colonel as the price of her affection to con
vey to Hindenburg what she learned from Mme.
It was only a few weeks afterward that lime.
Nezie appeared in London, where, under the alias
Mme. Hesqueth, she played for even higher
stakes than the disruption of Russia.
(To Be Continued Next Sunday)
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TA Cort o tAe Vampire's Kiss Tit Fate of Colonel Miasoyedoff. Who Betrayed,
' Russia to Hindenburg When He Had Fallen Victim to the Wiles of Mme. Storcb.
She Escaped, butfthe OBlcer, Who Became Traitor to Please Her, Was Hanged.