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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 Eaisuli, the Moroccan bandit, and the tragic deaths of two of Spain's proudest noblemen,. who had become her lovers and dupes, her sinister activities in Petrograd and then England, were also related, and a further chapter is added to-day. ' . Vladek Zbyszko, the Polish Wrestler, Who Was Detained by the United States Government Agents for Military Reasons, but Subsequently Released. And, in Smaller Panel, George Lunch, the Russian Wrestler, Who Furnished Information Concerning Spy Activities in New York, and Has Since Seen the Victim of AttemptedAssassituitioa in Russia (Continued from Last Sunday) CHAPTER vm. IN previous chapters of these revelations we have seen how the fascinating Mme. Storch, the beautiful Ger man arch-spy, with the. manicured toenails, pursued her spy work in this country for the German Government. We hare seen how she attained her ends by exercising her personal charms upon wealthy idlers, foreign noble men, and susceptible men of all kinds. We have seen how her popularity in the hectic nocturnal circles of New York marvellously aided her plots. But there was much more work of this kind to be done for the German Government than could be done by one woman alone, however resourceful. It was desired to inveigle other beautiful women into the same career of intrigue :and wickedness. In securing and co-operating with such sirens Mme. Storch was wonderfully successful. ' She was the great organizer of personal debauchery for Germany. Through such women they planned appar ently to demoralize the military services of ell foreign countries. America was, of course, an essential source of military supplies to the allies. Without us they could hardly have resisted the onslaught of German power planned for fifty, years. Especially were we necessary to vast, unorgan ized, unprepared Russia. An essential service of German spies in America was to interfere with American shipments to the allies, to misguide and betray allied officers if possible, to obtain information concerning the departure of ships carrying munitions to the allies, to disorganize the manufacture of munitions and to bring about the destruction of the fac tories producing them. In this line of work Mme. Storch performed marvels for Germany, but through very indi rect methods. We all know the tragedy of Russia's collapse in the war how after unparalleled sacrifices her armies melted awfiy, her national unity was destroyed and the whole country fell into chaos and became a helpless victim of Germany. It is now known that the hundreds of millions spent in this country by Russia for munitions were largely wasted, that ships destined for Russia were- eventually delivered into the hands of the Germans, that supplies of enormous value were accumulated uselessly in Russian ports until they were spoiled or destroyed by German plotters. Not infrequently the information gathered here concerning-munitions proved a. guide to the Germans con cerning vital Russian military plans, and some of the greatest Russian disasters are directly traceable to the leakage from this Country. In this task of deranging Russian plans through Amer ica Mme. Storch labored with diabolical ingenuity and success, as we shall see. She did not exert her influence directly upon Russian officers, but through Russian women, who were better a"ble to play upon the weaknesses of their victims. These Russian women were sent to her "by the German Government, and it was her task to intro duce them to New York's gay society and to facilitate their work in every way. Enter Mile. Mirolubskaya, the Talented Russian Charmer And now into this drama of intrigue and bloodshed enters a remarkable Russian woman Mile. Sophie Miro lubskaya, a former member of the. famous Russian Impe rial Ballet. She lived in New York in 1915 and 1916, occupied luxurious .apartments at several fashionable houses and hotels and enjoyed great popularity among a certain lively, cosmopolitan social set. ' Mme. Storch met her in New York, and they became intimate friends. They were introduced by a person of social position representing the German Government. Their habits and tastes were very similar. Mile. Miro Inbskaya was not strictly beautiful, but she possessed in a high degree the physical attractions which are so general among the Russian ballet dancers. She appeared to enjoy unlimited money, did not attempt to practice her art in New York, and lived as if she had no object in life but to amuse herself. t Many details concerning Mile. Mirolubskaya 's activi ties in this country have been furnished to the various United States secret service bureaus by George Lurich, a noted Russian wrestler, who gave exhibitions in this country in 1915 and 1916 and called himself "ChamT pionJWrestler of the World. He has sent his information from Russia, and it 'has been presented to the secret service agents by his representatives. According to last accounts, he was having serious diffical- ties of Ma own at home. Taste has broadened so remarkably in New York in recent years that it is no longer surprising to find pro fessional athletes mingling with persons of education and good social position. lake many other athletes of abnor mal physical development, Lurich exerted a marked at traction for women of apparent refinement! He and sev eral other wrestlers were often favored guests at enter tainments given by Mme. Storch, Mile. Mirolubskaya and their friends of upper Bohemian society. Astonishing accounts have been brought to the inves tigators of fantastic revels in New York, in which a mixed throng of Russian actresses, officers-,, noblemen, noble women, professional athletes and spies caroused until the small hours of the morning. In a matter covering such a considerable period' of time two years at least and the activities of so many persons it is not surprising that some 'misleading does should have been brought to the secret service agents; and many lines of investigation followed which yielded little; Jn some cases doubtless the agents were made victims of over-zealous persons who were eager to ran down every possible case of interest to the government The Strange-Doings of a Brilliant Russian Officer An instance of this apparently was the case of Vladek Zbyszko, the well-known Polish wrestler, After giving one of his wrestling exhibitions in Boston he wa arrested by government agents and" taken to Ellis Island, New York. He was detained there several days, closely ques tioned, but was released after three days' detention. At one time Zbyszko gave wrestling exhibitions with Lurich,' which may account for the interest taken in him. The information furnished by Lurich and his friends concerns chiefly the doings pf Mile. Mirolubskaya and Colonel N. V. Nekrassov, a brilliant officer, at one time connected with the Russian War Mission in the United States. It is stated that Nekrassov fell completely under 'the domination of the Russian dancer; that through him she was enabled to obtain information about Russia's plans, and that this information was communicated to Mme. Storch, who passed it on to Germany. The prolongation of the' war may be due mainly to this intrigue. Through this information, it is asserted, the. victorious advance of the Grand Duke Nicholas into Austrian Poland was brought to a disastrous end and the Germans were enabled to advance into Russian Poland and capture Warsaw-. The Irial of General Soukhomli noff, the Bussian War Minister, amply proved that German propaganda and spy work had played a great part in ruining Russia's armies. The Germans were informed often a month in advance when Russian offensives were about to take place, and they were guided to places where they could capture Russian ammunition, guns and supplies. A Russian officer named Colonel Miassoyedoff was hanged for imparting information to the Germans and General Soukhomlinoff was sentenced to life imprisonment for wrecking the national defence. The facts concerning these cases have already been related here. Now it was the contention of Wrestler George Lurich and his friends that much of the information that ruined the Russian armies reached Germany by. way of New York. During his experience of night life in this city he became thoroughly familiar with the astonishing revels of Russian officers and doubtful characters whom he learned to be German spies. The patriotic Russian boiled with indignation at what he discovered, and he devoted himself to exposing the intrigue. It is said that he spent thousands of dollars he made a small fortune while here in his investigations; The Black Tom explosion in New York harbor, the Canadian Car and Foundry fire at Arlington, N.J., and the great disaster at the Eddystone (Pa.) munition fac tory occurred after meetings between Mme. Storch and her Russian victims and confederates. It is established that these explosions destroyed thou sands of tons of ammunition destined ior Russia. An ordei for 5,000.000 3-inch shells, intended for the GrandDuke Nicholas's field artillery, was never completed owing to the Canadian Car and Foundry fire. An order for 1,500, 000 rifles and 2,000,000,000 cartridges came to nothing in the Eddystone disaster. In this way the Grand Duke's campaign was stopped and great masses of Russian soldiers were sent into battle with out arms to lose their lives in a hopeless strug'gle. Mme. Storch and Mile. Mirolubskaya met frequently at dinner and supper parties at the' Savoy," Waldorf and other fashionable hotels. -Foreign officers and rich young women were usually jn their company. They were seen together at the opera, and the same set often made automobile trips to country inns near New York. Mile. Mirolubskaya had one apartment in West Ninety-seventh street, and a Bohe mian studic, in Washington SquarA She gave , different kinds of entertainments in different settings. She was a woman of re- JebeeWVKbsbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb imssa ft(7fjfBpBPPPPPPPPPPBH a EBSSSSSpvsTVVBBSSflSSSSSSBBBslsSslBSBei BBSSflBSBBficaKZf4T - BBBBJ1"h SSSSSSBSDttaSEtfBmfMBfeEwBV(tiB'' JBPv BEYsYSBvHvEUc&YsYsYsEYsvfiEVH?EYsv9iESEc? i IPPPjnSDpHIPJRpkjHEppNpKfef,-- B bbbbubbbbbbbbbb -Sfc5x&sH(iiiKfiiiiiiEiBiiBEKr bbbbbbbbbbbbbbK ilBfflRiVwiiKiHK B HHHHHHHHlMiS3HSr9?Sv'iHHHHHHHHHHHHHHBlHfl En r' c " """""sIbssssssssssI B I bbssssssssssssss j ' l y '.AajIcBbI I bbbbbbbbbbbbbbT i mt jr J-Js? 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At another table sat no less a person than Count Bernstorff, the great diplomatic schemer of Germany This hotel was his headquarters in New York, and his saturnine features were familiar to every fre quenter of it As Mme. Storch raised her glass of cham pagne to her lips the Count raised his, and a look of intel ligence passed between them. Every gay, attractive and fashionable resort in Nw York saw Mile. Mirolubskaya and her coterie. The Bilt more, Sherry's, Rector's were favored, as well as the others named. By living thus publicly the conspirators created the impression that they were mere butterflies of pleasure, and increased their opportunities of learning secrets. One evening at the Plaza Mme. Storch was seen in msmm v&L A Remarkable Picture of Solo Pacha, the Arch-Traitor oil Ground of Vtncennes. Boh Was Extremely Fi Wbite Gloves at His Execution.-asSho tears holding the hand of Colonel Nekrassov. Sha want something very badly from the Bussian officer, and frofej his manner she evidently secured it "These conspirators in New York." Lurich haa,written to a friend, "were working to prevent Russia from r ceiving American ammunition and to sink Russianammu?! nitinn fihmo nfefrcaon AmanHn a-nH PnMi.n wtin ftnM were also plotting to make American ammunition unfit for Kussian useto provide soft iron bayonets, shells, filled with sand, and, in fact, to make everything useless an3 dangerous. They succeeded to a terrible extent Above all, they were aiming to obtain maps of Bussian fortresses and plans of army movements, which they turned over to the Germans." There were many channels through which. Russiafs war secrets reacned wew. xorfc, and au the facts; cannot yet be given. At war Minister Soukhomlinoff s trial r Petrograd it was shown that with criminal cafelessnes he had left military documents of vital importance lyin about on tables at his office and home. Both places were thronged with a miscellaneous crov of persons brokers seeking war commissions -and worn of doubtful antecedents. Many pf these were undoubtedly German spies. The munitions brokers were privileged to cable, freely in a commerciaucode to New York and America concent ing orders, and there was no close scrutiny of their mes sages. It is now realized that information concerning conditions at the front, strength of forces and was move ments was transmitted in this way. In New York a corresponding circle to that which ruined war efficiency in Petrograd was waiting. It con sisted of other munition brokers, designing women and at least one Russian officer. There was little in. an evej Ing party at Mile. Mirolubskaya 's apartments to suggd military movements, but chanres are made lhat secrd affecting the fate of thousands of Russian soldiers he passed to Mme. Storch on their way to Germany. One great tragedy of the war that is still aurroundl with much mystery was the death of Lord Kitchener. 1 ss Sfb3t.Jf-frj.