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More Dramatic Tnan the Real Life Career of This Young Adventuress e-4rv Notnmg in Motion Surprising, c- , . i' raAi -si( HIHn7fyV WTT1 iii iMTii'nTr 'Mi rer KfA vWk. 4m pany with her mistress, who had been interested in the venture of the supposed patriotic young widow. When the maid saw Mme. Storch, whom she had seen in London as Mme. Hesqueth," in the company of the colonel, whom she also recog ognized, in Glasgow, she became suspicious. She had already learned enough, by a clever interest in the strangers who made that city their head-quarters,-to assure her that German agents were all around her. The maid reported her suspicions to her mis tress. There was a quiet investigation by the Duchess herself. One morning a squad of sol diers took position in the hotel corridor outside the colonel's apartments, while the squad leader7 raDped on the door The colonel was taken before a court martial. He pleaded that if he had been indiscreet he had had been merely the victim of his pretty charm er's kisses. He was nromptly cashiered from the army in disgrace, his military career ended forever. Mme. Storch was taken to London, where she was imprisoned. She was quickly identified as the Mme. Storch who had betm installed in Paris by her German masters and who so narrowly es caped atrial in France after her arrest at Toledo, Spain. The French authorities asked thatf she be turned oyer to them that they-might deal with her in Paris, and, through her, possibly learn something of the powerful ring of German spies which was active at the French capital, but as :. ' ; wtnss i octet a handful of gold coins or a jewel, held it aloft to hcial favor It the DrizeDleased her she eavlv nodded ted into the- fountain pool and the young woman, with a the tokens. She remained, splashing like a frisky fcharge. One of the 1 headquarters now lates, having been in this country. sits near the sea- wdre zealously Fosed to an officer totonel who accom- llonel and his com- for the remainder laid Hotel, in Glas- ras the scene of a of Home Guards from the British aportant German raid. lupe were visiting es in acouana a be than the former her wits and re- German spies of tample. This was bss of Sutherland, in the society of SnKuished Duchess Ithat England was Ms of information les of women and intuitively sensed e machinations of a daughter of a family estates m any other, that plotting ground Itive, the uucness servants and the fand a sort of pri- srs, housekeepers, dependants were luties, and, under went forth upon tions to report to res, both men and asgow, wnere sne ocated. .from the various themselves in concealment, whether in Germany or elsewhere, is not known. The Count de Cleremont, Mme. Nix, who has been described by the Department of Justice as a German "spy paymaster" in this country, and the infatuated Count de Beville were in London at the time of Mme. Storch 's arrest. They, too, escaped. It was not until the Fall of 1915 that Mme. Storch again appeared in public. This time it was at San Juan, the harbor in Porto Rico where a number of German ships were interned, and where their crews and officers were celebrating their temporary idleness-by enjoying the somewhat bizarre life of the exotic lfttle city It was known even then tha't San Juan was the headquarters of German agents assigned to the task of spreading propaganda on both .American continents. It was from San "Juan, it has since been learned, that German agents in Mexico re ceived their instructions. Mme. Storch' entered Porto Rico by use of a passport procured for her by the now notorious Captain Ladeaux. It was one of the famous "mauve" passports, which this chief of a de partment of the French Secret Service issued for Mata-Hari, SnsyDepsy and others of Germany's band of spies, as has been previously related. Among the interned. Germans at San Juan Were many officers of the Kaiser's navy. Some of these were of great importance in the Prussian "special foreign service." There also gathered there a numerous company of prosperous, plot ting uermans from every country in South Ameriea, as well as from the United States. The Counts de Beville and Cleremont and' Mme. -Nix soon joined Mme. Storch in San Juan. They remained in the island colony for sev eral months, apparently pre paring Mme. Storch for those missions which were later to take her into the United States proper Here the spy learned what she referred to as "the American way of looking at things." It is certain Mme. Storch was supplied again with funds which represented a fortune. She spent lavishly in entertaining' the German "citizens'' of the different American nations who had assembled in Porto Rico. She easily learned, in the intima cies of her unconventional gayeties, which of these Ger mans were to be trusted, and how far. From them she learned, too, where her sin ister efforts could be centered later on to the best advan tage for Germany. "X -;: Z"M: -'r" -'x ' ' J'vY4y:-J various quarters of London and Glasgow as gentlemen of leisure, and mingled with the habitues of clubs and important cafes, to which the influence of their em ployer gained them entrance. Some of the young maids who were trusted by the Duchess were given the wardrobe and equip ment of ladies of fashion and be gan to appear among the shops and meeting places where Lon don's professional beauties were wont to gather. Both the maids and the butlers soon began to find just such things which their employer "hoped they would find. A butler became an intimate in the gay beauty shop of Mme. Trost. A maid masquer ading as an actress from France became watchful of the myste rious company which frequented the hotels and cafes of Glasgow. Mme. Trost suddenly was arrested and promptly disposed of, as were a nnmbpr of men and women of her clientele including the pretty girls who served her male patrons. Among other evidences of, German spies in London and other important cities in England discovered by these volunteer workers from the housholds of the Duchess of Sutherland was the large number of German born servants serving in the homes of Prominent Eng lish officials, statesmen and important social leaders. It was an employe of the Duchess who discovered a Ger man Secret Service agent actinias butler in the home of the then Premier Asquith, where he could gain first-hand information of the most important of England 's war se crets by being observing. The Duchess learned enough of Germany's success in planting her spies in official households, through her own loyal servants, to cause a general movement among the aristocracy and official families to earn the discharge of all foreign servitors. It was a French maid who had been closely attached to the Duchess at her town house who discovered and suspected Mme. Storch in Glasgow. This maid often had visited the little shop where Mme. Hesqueth re ceived donations for the comfort kits- of soldiers, in com- The Duchess 61 Sutherland, Who Organized a Private Secret Service to Hunt German Spies in England, and Whose Operators Discovered Mme. Storch and Caused Her Arrest yet unearthed. The Russian Legation in London also asked that the fair prisoner be given to them for deportation to Petrograd, where, it was promised by the Russians, she would promptly .meet the fate of her victim. Colonel Miasoyedoff, who was hanged. After considerable delay and due consideration of the requests of both France and Russia that Mme. Storch be turned over to them, England decided that her gravest treacheries had been consummated in Petrograd. The records of the former Russian Embassy in London show that Mme. Storch was placed under heavy guard aboard a ship bound for Russia. But Mme. Nezie never reached the city on the Neva. In some mysterious way, which has never been explained, and probably never will be, she escaped. Jt is believed that the same influences in Russia which had inspired the legation at London to claim Mme. Storch were secretly act ing in her behalf. For several months Mme. Storch remained in (?) IHTERMATIAUAL Hans Lodi, the German Spy, Photographed During His Trial in England. Lodi Was Shot in the Tower of London. He Was One of Mme. Storch's Associates Seeing no reason for discretion, Mme. Nezie allowed her "Orientalism" to exhibit itself with out restraint during her stay at San Juan. She became the centre of a hilarious company. Pre vented from fighting or otherwise-openly work ing for the cause of Prussia, the interned Ger mans and their friends whiled away their time drinking toasts to the Kaiser and plotting tho embarrassment of the United States if this coun try should be unable longer to keep out of the maelstrom. The young and vivacious Mme.' Nezie was the queen of this company. One of the "entertainments" staged by her for the pleasure of her friends, the German officers and their guests, still is talked of with never failing interest throughout the island. This was a splendid banquet at Mme. Storch's hous,e, to which, were invited the officers of the interned German ships and such other Germans as were close in Mme. Nezie 's confidence. In the centre of the room in which the affair was staged a fountain -was especially constructed byrder of the hostess. Before the nighfo'fthe. "party" arrived Mme. Nezie allowed the-word to go out that one of the features of the evening would have this fountain for its background, The German officers knew what this signified and prepared for it. - In the Bacchanalian revels which are so cus tomary in the barracks towns of Germany 'and Austria a fountain in the banquet room often is an important actor, especially when the feminine guests of the celebratfng officers are apt to be complacent. It 'is the setting for a revival oT one feature of the ancient "Lex Primae Noctis" the "law of the first night" which was one of the perquisites of the powerful nobles who held the peasantry of- the Balkans,-Hnngary-and Aus tria in virtual slavery. To a feast at whfch the fountain is to play its part the German officers and other male guests always. go with gold coins, jewelled pendants and bracelets for feminine adornment in their pockets. Thus supplied, Mme. Nezie 's guests gathered for her dinner en tertainment When the merriment was at its height the charming hostess raised her wine glass and! pro?' posed a toast "to the fountain." At onea there was a great clapping of approvaL. The men gayly jostled each other into one adjoining room, while the young women disappeared into another. A few minutes later, at a signal from within the banquet room, the men crowded in. The'y" found Mme, Nezie and others of the young women who had conspired with her in prepara tion for this event, divested of their gowns, their bodies thinly veiled by a filmy, clinging drapery, which they held wrapped around them. They laughed with impish glee as the officers, their military decorations glittering in the mellowed lights, circled close. Each man drew from his pocket a handful of gold coins or a jewel, held it aloft to tempt the young woman of his especial favor. If the prize pleased her she gayly nodded her head, the coins or the jewels were tossed into the fountain pool and the young woman, with a merry shriek, and, to the great amusement of the company, leaped into the pool after the tokens. She re mained splashing like a frisky dryad in the water until she had been joined by all her companions. In the days when the "law of the first . night" was evoked at will by the barons of Hungary, Austria and the Balkan States the custom of the fountain was frequently celebrated among the nobles themselves when one of their number took a voung woman from the peasantry) as was quite often the case. On such occasions, when the company gathered to celebrate the wedding feast was of kin dred spirits, the peasant girl would be compelled to enter a fountain pool un clothed. The nobleman's guests would gather around th&pool and "bid" for her by tossing into the water fat purses or flashing jewels. To that one which "bid" the most generously by tossing to her the richest gifts she would be compelled to reach her hand, that he might lift her out of the water into full view of the assembled company, with the accompa nying right to claim her first caresses. It was a barbarous custom, surpassed in its cynical disregard of womanly mod esty only by the less restricted "law" which permitted the baron to arbitrarily claim the first caresses of all the peasant brides on his estate when their husbands were of their own class. At Mme. Nezie's affair each young woman was lifted out of the fountain by the man whose gifts she had accepted by diving into the water for them. It was a typical fete typical of the debauching extravagance with which Germany '8 agents and spies spent the money with which they were so liberally supplied by mysterious souroes for the spread of propaganda and the fruition of world wide plotting in the interest of Berlin. It was not for its unrestricted hilarity alone that Mme. Nezie staged such a startling affair. To her everything that Was a means to an end was justi fiable, and this gay party was but a step toward her goal success in the missions she was soon to undertake in the United States itself. . (To Be Continued Next Sunday! . - .