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mass of subscriptions, however, I be
lieve were wholly voluntary, for the
German people have this war very
much at heart.
Although the censored and doc
tored reports, which, the American
press receive through the cables
Lfrom England and France, give the
impression the German people are
not with the kaiser in this conflict,
private correspondence which Amer
icans are continually receiving from
friends in Germany tlls exactly the
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In Julius tower at Sapadau, just outside Berlin, lies the $66,000,000
war fund of the kaiser. This money, all in gold, is security ior emergency
issues of paper if war makes it necessary for the German government.
A huge moat surrounds the castle, deep under which the gold is buried.
Even if the strong guard should be defeated the subterranean passages
could be flooded so deep that an enemy would never find the treasure.
Bismarck originated the fund shortly after the Franco-Prussian war,
when $30,000,000 in gold formed its nucleus. Since then annual with
drawals from circulation of gold coin are popularly believed to have swelled
the fund to twice its original proportions.
The kaiser can declare war, but the Reichstag, must vote him the
money, i hat gave Bismark his idea. A war chest would permit the
kaiser to fight the empire's battles regardless of opposition from any of
the provinces, and would also prevent any of the states from going to war
alone. The system does much to preserve a united Germany.