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A A 'l amtare and German j V, nmeoTorcn v Professor Merkt, the Chief of the German Spy System. (Continued from Last Sunday) CHAPTER VII. ONE afternoon latte in 1916 the liveried lackey who stands at the curb outside the imposing Hotel Shoreham, in "Wash ington, opened the door .of a limousine" that swung up to the sidewalk. A slender form, muffled rakishly in rich sables, followed a dain tily groomed foot out of the car The pompous hotel attendant was much im pressed, not so much by the expensive- furs and trim boots-as by the poise and exotic beauty of. thenew guest, the bustling vivacity of the French maid; who emerged from the car behind her, and the distinguished appearance of the foreign look ing man who "was her escort The flunkey was convinced the young woman must be a person of importance. And so she was of importance to Germany. For it was. the most valuable and successful of Germany's women spiea, Mme. Storch who had arrived in the United States. Her companion was the infatuated Count dc Beville. Mme. Storch chose to be registered as the "Countess de Beville," and was assigned one of the most elaborate suites of apartments in the hotel. Her reasons for being known at the capi tal as the Countess were afterwards explained. Anticipating future need to leave the United States, she wished to establish in "Washington the identity under which she had travelled on the passports procured for her by the traitorous -official of the French Secret Service, Captain Ladeaux. These passports had been issued to "the Count and Countess de Beville," which helped to ward off suspicion, as the Count's fam ily was one of the most loyal in France. On later Visits to "Washington Mme. Storch inva riably reassamed this identity.- When she wished to leave the United States these passports were vised without question. Count von Bernstoff, the German Ambassador, had been notified of the coming of Mme. Storch to the United States. Special instructions or her had been forwarded to him from Berlin, it is believed. She was receives by him at a secret rendezvous the day after her arrival. It has been announced that Mine. StQrch received from the German Ambassador as her first payment for her expenses in this country $2d,000 Later payments averaging $1,000 a week continued and, forwarded by Berlin after the United States entered the war, have been traced by the gov ernment The channels through which these remittances were sent have not been fully di vulged by the authorities, except that the pay ments were made to Mme. Storch frequently by Mme. Charlotte Nix, said to be one of the German paymasters in this country Count de Beville always remained in the background when Mme Storch began o use her beauty and ability to 'lure men'a's a trap for those persons in Washington whom she wished to meet These included the attaches of tlfle lega tions the neutral as well as the allied diplomats. i She Transfers Her Intrigues from Washington to New York Mme. Storch 's experience of the undercurrent of official- and army life was international She thought to find in Washington that frivolous, reckless gaycty so familiar in the capitals of Europe. In Paris, Petrograd and London young and pretty women hold courts of their own The custom, she discovered, had not been imported to the sedate and dignified capita of the United States. She decided a more profitable field for her espionage and plotting would be in New York, which, she was told, was the real hub of the nation's social as well as financial activities. Before she left Washington, however, she suc ceeded in building the foundation foi later in-' trigues. Among the diplomatic attaches who succumbed to her charms, it was been authori tatively announced, there was at least one who made her stay at the capital worth while "Mme Storch easily succeeded." said the Department of Justice, "in commnnicatinir with the enemy .without the knowledge of the censor " Her re ports from this country were forwarded to Ger many in the mail bags of a neutral legation. In New York Mme Storch established herself in one of-the most costly suites at the Hotel Waldorf She allowed herself to be known . under her own name, the Count de Beville en gaging apartments elsewhere. Immediately after this country declared war the Waldorf be came a Donnlar meeting place for officers of the READERS of this page are already familiar with the history of the career of Mme. Nezie Storch, one 'of the most - valued and highly paid spies in the German Secret Service, as it has been told from week to week. After six years of suc cessful activity in all the great capitals of Europe, Mme. Storch was trapped recentfy in the Biltmore Hotel, in New York City, by agents of the United States Department of Justice; Her childhood experiences in the harem, her years of gay life among the profligates of the most licentious society in Europe and her establishment in Paris by the German Foreign Office in an expensive setting of servants, equipages and admirers' were narrated in previous, chapters. Her enlistment of the pretty dancer, Mile. Mata-Hari, as. a spy and the latter's execution by a firing squad; the debauchery of Mile. Susy Depsy and this young-woman's tragic fate as a spy; her intrigues With Raisuli, . the Moroccan bandit, and the tragic deaths of two of Spain's 'proudest noblemen, who had become her lovers arid dupes, ier sinister activities in Petrograd and then England, were also related, and a further chapter is added to-day. uifferent armies of the allies detailed to this country upon war missions, diplomats and spe; cial commissioners from France, Italy,. England and Russia, and important civilians engaged in war work. In returning to her own name when she ap peared in New York and abandoning her iden tity as the Countess' de Beville Mme. Storch at once disclosed her desire to leave no trail be hind along which she might be followed, surrep titiously ' The Countess de Beville, should occasion arise to suspect her, had disappeared completely from Washington. When, later, the agents of the government did seek to trace the Countess de Beville from Wash ington to New York, they lost her completely Otj the doors of the Hotel Shoreham. They could not even find a taxi driver who had taken her to the train nor a porter who had transferred her baggage. When she had' been followed at last to the Waldorf it was found she had again disap peared leaving no clues behind. She had moved to the Biltmore Hotel and registered there as Mme Nezie. She covered her tracks so effectively that she appeared to be completely lost in the big city, and the hunt for her had to 'begin all over again The Exquisitely Luxurious. Existence of the Arch-Vampire At the Waldorf Mme Storch 's maid, Marie, was in constant attendance upon her. She indi cated to the management which of the floor ser vants stewards, maids and errand boys "pleased her most, and insisted upon these fa vored ones being assigned to perform her ser vices With the hotel florist she placed an order Viat fresh clusters of orchids and violets be placed in her reception room daily. Shortly afteY her arrival she engaged a private limousine, Vrith a chauffeur and coachman. It was one of her whims that her coachman should be taller than her chauffeur it was her whim, too, that both the chauffeur and the coachman should, have been previously employed in important families. In the many drawing rooms of the palatial Waldorf there alwavs arc interesting gatherings of persons from almost every corner of the world, as well as men and women of more restricted fame. The Count de Beville, who called fre quently at Mme Storch 's apartments was in a position to identify many persons of distinction. Apparently ho could command from "mysterious sources letters of iutroduction to virtually any one whom he desired to meet. Mme. Storch's acquaintance was gradually enlarged through the efforts of the Count The latter never ob truded himself When he had placed a new ac quaintance, a financier, a munitions broker, a foreign contractor or a military official at case with the fascinating Mine. Storch, he promptly withdrew behind the horizon, leaving her to use her wiles as she mightxscc fit. There is very little record of Mine. Storch's proceedings during the days that immediately preceded this country's declaration of war Ap parently she was moving cautiously Yet her plans took shape early, for she began to render important service to Germany almost imme diately after war was declared During the Summer of 1917 and later Mme. Storch frequently visited Washington, where she found ways of establishing friendly rela tions with Spanish attaches, with whom she could talk of Their beloved Madrid, and through them the allied officers and agents who were swarm ing into that city These acquaintances were extended to New York Elaborate entertainments, with the young Nezie as the hostess, began to take place at the Waldorf. Many of these parties assumed some of the characteristic of those which had made the young Turkish beauty famous in Paris, Madrid and Petrograd. A score of hearts were lost to her, and, with tfie, infinite skirl which was. hers alone, she deftly played one heart against another in the game she had undertaken. In the meantime Mme. Storch was learning, from confidences innocently reposed in her by the men she captivated, much military information which this country desired to be secret from Germany. - She learned of activities at Wash - 'ington nqt made public outside.-of governmental departments. Through the mail bags of the neu tral embassy, as the Department of Justice has announced, this -information was quickly for warded to Berlin. A statement issued recently by the Department of Justice, which has charge of ferreting out; the German spies in this. country, best describes the success of Mme. Storch in marshalingher ac quaintances for whatever service she desired of them. "Mme. Storch mixed in a dozen different cir cles of society at the same time," say the assist ants of Chief Charles De Woody, of the Depart-, ment of Justice Investigation Bureau. "Her many affairs of the' heart were mere cloaks for her dangerous German intrigues. "While we were investigating her activities we would obtain clues which, were, apparently, absolutely at cross purposes. We would find her associating with one group of persons and then, while we were investigating this group, we would learn from other sources that she was the centre of an entirely different company. More than once, when we were on trails that should have led- directly to her. it appeared that the trail must lead "to two or three different women. "Finally we narrowed all trails down to this one remarkable young "woman, who was as much at home in the officers' mess of an interned Ger man ship at Porto Rico as in Peacock Alley in the Waldorf; as able to fascinate a Paris apache as a royal prince ; who was familiar with the lob bies of almost every important hotel in the world." Two cxtremesin the friendships of Mme. Storch were the general manager of a huge Western manufacturing plant which had been given over to the government and a humbje mechanic's helper in a gyroscope factory in Brooklyn. The general manager had given his services to the government for $1 a year. The mechanic's helper earned $17 a week. But both the products of the great Western plant and the gyroscope factory were of important bearing upon the prenaration and improvement of Amer ica's war munitions. New and Wealthy Additions to the Storch Circle . Not long after this country began to play its part in the war the Count de Cleremont, who had been a follower of Mme Nezie through Europe, and Mme. Charlotte Nix appeared in New York. They arrived together from Cuba, but Mme. Nix occupied apartments at the Hotel Nctherland, while dc Cleremont leased an elaborate apart ment at No. 44 West Fifty-eighth street Mma Storch held many of her secret meetings with persons who were dangerous to the United States in the apartments of Mme. Nix and de Cleremont-. The government has traced the payment of huge funds to Mme Nix by Bcrnstorff and other German agents in this country It is believed Mme Storch turnffd her dupes over to Mme. Nix when the use of large funds became necessary The Count de Cleremont emerged from Gor many shortly after the war began, attaching' himself to Mme. Storch and Mme Nix. In the gay night life of New York he posed as a mem ber of the French army commission Count de Cleremont and Mme Nix became close friends of Mrs Hugo Iteisinger daughter of Adolphus Busch the wealthy German brewer Mrs Reisinger is one of the wealthiest Gorman Americans in America A wireless plant was found in her New York home after the govern T! Wmmkm M!m With consummate daring Mme. Storch drove to ffie. Hotel Shoreham, in Washington, and 'registered as the "Countess de Beville" Almost next door to-the White House and the State Department and Bureau ol Justice this German spy boldly and openly established herself. ment's ban on private wireless plants had been issued. Twice since the arrest of Mme. Storch Mrs. Reisinger has been, summoned to appear before Department of Justice officials. Mme. Storch was warmly received in the homes of the rich and prominent families of known Ger man sympathies. The ease with which she pro-' cured introductions to such persons, some of them of great social influence, astounded the government. It was early in 1918 the State Department at Washington was notified by the allies that Mme. Storch had. come to America, and that if the former slave girl could be captured-in the plot ting which France and England were sure she would be engaged, in the prize would be a great one At this time the War Department had just been aroused to the presence in this conntry of a dan gerous band of women spies, who, with unlimited funds mysteriously forwarded from Berlin, moved in official circles and with powerful social connections and unlimited opportunities for in trigue and observation of government secrets, seriously menaced the country's preparations for war. - When the government's agents took to the trail of Mme. Storch and her confederates they soon struck the track of this band of women spies. It was easy to suspect them, but hard to catch them at their work. Each woman, appar ently, was acting wholly by herself, without as sociates. All of them were of mofe or less strik ing personality Some were unusually beauti ful and of high, social position. And eaoh seemed to have her especial field allotted her Not all of this band has yet been rounded up. The government agencies were seriously handi capped until the Congress, at tho instigation of President Wilson, gave the President and his assistants the authority needed to-deal promptly with women who were suspected of enemy activi ties Among those who were gathered in after the government began its efforts to trap Mme Storch were Mme. Nix, who is believed to have been one of Germany's most trusted agents in this country, and Mme Marie K. de Victoria, a handsome young woman,, who is said to have been active in fomenting Irish trouble. Mine "Nix is the wife of a German army officer of high standing ' She was sent abroad by the German Intelligence Office in 1913, and it was at this time she began to appear in the back ground wherever Mme. Storch was engaged in liei plots. She was found at the fashionable Hotel Netherlands, in New York. France ad vised this government of 6ome of Mme. Nix's activities abroad, and when confronted with this information she admitted having received, re i Frou mittances from Count Ber this country and funds frd wards. It was Mme. Nixl officials say. who distribute women spies employed in thl United States. Mme. de Victoria, who" the government the source permitted her to occupy a : at an exclusive Long l'slan this country almost a year ishly, and numbered amor many prominent persons. I Mme. de Victoria came to th from Germany, and reportej commander of the German! tered the United States jsq spiracies in this country aj Ireland. It was from tnis Mme. de Victoria received I money which enabled her sive whims, and, at the sj bribes among those whom si spell of her intrigues, lne that she had spent $40,Q00 previous to her arrest. The Amazing and h Use of Women by Gi Such of the history of has been revealed is an inn upon the thoroughness "wit Intelligence Bureau prepar for spying missions abroaj German Secret Service m was quite beautiful, the dar the Prussian army, had ml and longed for adventure. el led, however and cbuld sn that of Germany She was enrolled by the! liureau at Heidelberg for a guaces. When she had c she was sent to Zurich, Sv senes of university lectur ods of diplomacy, that she mingle with officials anLpo various capitals of Europe.