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Fuerstenstein, the Pless Castle, Where the Princess Is Reporter to Be Virtually a Prisoner. London, Oct. 17. ONSIDERABLE anxiety is felt in the highest social circles concerning the fate of Princess Henry of Pless, the beautiful and popular Englishwoman, mar ried to a great German nobleman. The Princess's husband Is understood to have gone to the front in the German army, while her brother and brother-in law and many of her other English rela tives are fighting with the allied forces. The Princess was originally Miss Daisy Cornwallis "West, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Cornwallis West, and member of a family that has been right at tho top of fashionable society ever since the late King Edward was at the height of his social fame. He thought Mrs. Cornwallis West the most entertaining person he had ever known, and her daughters are equally ad mired by all English society. All the West . women are lively as well as beautiful, and their path through live is constantly marked with exciting episodes. The Princess's sister is the Duchess of Westminster, an equally beautiful woman, and wife of the richest nobloman in Eng land. She has had a serious disagree-' ment with her noble husband, as most people know, but It is believed that his heroic conduct in the present war has started a reconciliation between them. ?The Duke, who was formerly an officer in tho Royal Horse Guards, went to the front with the Ninth Lancers at the be ginning of the war. At C'ompiegne, where the British army was severely pressed by overwhelming numbers of Germans, the Duke rescued Captain F. O. Greufell, the well-known polo player, who was severely wounded, and carried him to safety un der heavy fire. The general of the cav alry brigade in which the Duke was serv ing reported hlni for distinguished brav ery. The same general also made these remarks about his men: "Our men went through the Uhlans like Irown paper. "We have established an unquestioned personal ascendency over the enemy. Their cavalry cannot oppose us unless they are two or three times our number." All these little facls have a bearing on the Princess of Pless's position, for her husband is an officer in one of the despised German cavalry regiments. Pictures from England Irritate the Germans. The Duchess of Westminster herself Is working as hard as she can making and collecting garments for the British sol diers" in the field, especially warm under wear, which they will greatly need dur ing the coming Winter. She has turned her house near London?Gifford House, Roehampton?into a headquarters for this kind of work. She has been repeatedly photographed with her friends and serv ants busily engaged in this patriotic labor. She has been to see various contingents of soldiers off to the front and has en couraged them as only a beautiful and charming woman could do. (jThe brother >? the Duc^ioss and of the Princess of Pless is George Oornwallls West. He was married some years ago to Lady Randolph Churchill, the dashing American woman, who was then a shade older than his mother. Recently she ob tained a divorce, and he then married Mrs. Patrick Campbell, thb- brilliant actress. Young West has been made the subject of a few pleasantries on account of his penchant for mature wives, but his bravery auff patriotism are beyond sus picion. He served in the Boer war. He was formerly a 'lieutenant in the Scots Guards. He returned to this regiment at the outbreak of the present war, but was soon promoted to be lieutenant colonel of a battalion ol* naval reserves organized for land service because there were more of these men than the navy needed. It is probable that he was sent to Ostend to strengthen' the British force there in the difficult position it occupied after the fall of Antwerp. It was once rumored thai lie was shot as a spy. Much of the news concerning the pat riotic and warlike doings of the West family has filtered through, perhaps ex aggerated and embellished, to the German relatives, l'rienan andi servants of the Princess of Pless in Germany. No news has been received from the Princess for many weeks. It is not known certainly where she is, but it is believed she is at the castle of Furstenstein, au immense country estate in Silesia. That was the last place from which she wrote to iter friends in England. She said that her surroundings were terrible, but did not go *nto details because all letters pre opened by the German Govern ment. and any person or English birth in Germany is naturally subject to suspicion of being a spy. The Princess said that her husband 'has had not then gone to the front. It is be lieved that ho must have done so since then, leaving her in a very pitiable situa tion, surrounded by hostile and excited persons and suspected of sending informa tion to her British relatives. Friends of the Prin cess believe that she i3 practically a prisoner in the great Castle of Fuerstenstein. There are over a thousand ser vants, tenants and de pendents of the Prince in the castle and estate surrounding it. All the men are or nave been soldiers in the German army. They must look on the PrinceBS as an enemy and an English spy. Every step she t lies is watched by these excited patriots. Every letter she writes must be intrusted to one of tliem, and it is presumed that it is taken prompt ly to an army officer for examination. Every word she utters is reported. She never goes out without being followed by these spies and it is believed that she would not be allowed to go beyond the boundaries of her own estate if she tried to. An English lady's maid in the employ of the Princess has sent many of the par ticulars concerning their treatment to her sister; who is employed in the West family. Some of the English newspapers show ing members of the Princess' English family taking an heroic part iu the war have reached Furtensteia and have caused the greatest excitement among the ignorant peasantry. They imagine that the Princess' brother is taking advantage of his knowledge of Germany to assiststhe English in various underhand ways and that she is supplying him with informa tion. One of the English newspapers shows the Princess's English brother-in-law, the Duke of Westminster, scattering about a hundred German cavalrymen single-hand ed. This has naturally aroused great in dignation among the German servants and peasants. The Prince of Pless is a lieutenant colonel "a la suite'1 of the Seventeenth Prussian Hussar Regiment This is an honorary rank. In his youth he had a military training like nearly all German Her German Husband at War with Her English Brothers, She Is Believed to Be a Prisoner in a Gloomy Castle Hemmed . in by a Thousand Spies * The Princess's Brothor-in-Law, the Duke of Westminster, Who Is Distinguishing Himself at the Front. Three Recent Pictures in English Newspapers Which Have Greatly Embarrassed the Princess. 1?Her Sister, the Duchess of West minster, Making Clothes for the British Soldiers Fightir. t,he Germans, 2?Her Brother-in-Law, the Duke of Westminster, Who Was Report ed for Distinguished Bravery in Action Against the Germans. 3?Her Brother, Colonel George Corn wallis West, Now Commanding a British Battalion Against, the Germans. The Princess's Brother, Colonel G. Ccrnwallis West, Who Also Is Fight Ker Husband's Countrymen. Real Human Nature in LANTS and animals are a good deal like human beings. Sonic arc ambitious. some are indolent. Some attain prosper ity, some remain miserably poor. Some profit hy prosperity, others are spoiled by it. Some are rankly individualistic, others so strongly socialistic that they weaken themselves and their "Nothing is more successful than the lly," says Professor A. S. Pearce, of the University of Wis consin. "It is impossible to exterminate him. Ho adapts himself so remarkably to changing conditions that if he were wiped out, say, in the United States, ho would find a breeding spot in some remote part of South America, where even Roosevelt has not penetrated." The bee, too, is a remarkable creature, but likely to be the victim of'specialization. The fly can live on anything, but the bee lives only on honey. The hee is on the road to destruction because it has so limited its food, and if the sup ply of honey should be destroyed it would die. Often when flowers over a large area have been hilled by frost or drought, swarms of bees havo been found dead. The dandelion is a progressive. It is always up to some new wrinkle to preserve .itself. It has lately developed a faculty for growing with out being fertilized. It is full of improvements. The barnacle is an example of the idle rich. It is always looking for a "snap." It attaches itself to something so that it doesn't have to race, Copyright, 1914, by trie Star Company, Great Britain Rights Reserved. Princess Henry of Pless, the Beautiful Englishwoman, Whoso Position in Germany, Surrounded by Hostile People, Excites Great Anxiety in England. noblemen, but soon gave up army life to take charge of his immense estates. As all the German reserves have been called out and there is a great need of officers, it is believed he must have been called into active service, although no news has been received from him. The Prince owns about 50.000 acres and is one of the richest men in Germany. In addition to the castle mentioned he owns the castle of Pleas and about six other castles and country estates. He has a great hunting estate at Promonity in Up per Silesia and a palace in Berlin. lie is an intimate personal friend of the Kaiser, who has confided many secrets to him. The Kaiser once sent the Prince on a mission to New York. His Majesty lias performed some of his most awful slaughters of deer and other game on the Prince's estates. The Prince and Princess have three sons, for one of whom the Kaiser acted as godfather. His Majesty has always expressed the great est admiration for the-Princess. He once said that she was the most perfect type of English beauty. She has i| delicious, well curved figure, a mass of lovely blond hair, large violet eyes shaded by long laskes and a very winniag expression. Much of her charm may bo attributed to her Irish descent. Her mother was a Miss Fitz T'atrick anil came of an old Irish family. Experience proves, that whatever friend ship the Kaiser may have shown for the English Princess in the past, it can be of little service to her now. The closest personal relationships between rulers and citizens of the warring countries are ut terly annihilated. The Kaiser is lighting against the country of his mother and the country which his grandmother ruled. Yet according to all accounts he is more bit ter against England than anybody in Ger many. The Princess of Pless is in the most cruel position of all those whose privetc relationships have been disrupted by tho ar. Members of royal families placed in a corresponding position are supported by the tradition that requires them to be. faithful to the country where they marry or take up their residence. It is essential to their existence that they should stick to this tradtion. Tiie Queen of the Bel gians bravely stayed at her place while tho German armies, one of them com manded by her brother, the Crown Prince of Bavaria, attacked Belgium, her adopted country. With private persons It is different. The Prince of Pless is not a member of a reigning family, and his wife is virtually a private person. Technically, a woman becomes a citizen of her husband's coun try, but no one supposes on that account that she will lose all affection for her native country. Americans do not sup pose that the many American women married in England will be indifferent to the fate of their native land. Similarly, the Princess of Pless must f?ei a filial sympathy for England, and this is regarded as a crime by the warring nation that surrounds her! . Flies, Ants and Dandelions. work for a living; all it does Is to let the water bring food to it. But it lias lost a great deal through this characteristic. It has lost sensi tiveness, which is always the penalty of settling down to live without a struggle. Ducks are remarkably co operative, aiul so are pelicans. Often a flock of pclicans will swim far out, form, a semi-circle and then swim toward shore, driving the fish before them until they get ihem into a convenient cove, where they devour theiu at will. But the most complete communal life is that of ants. Tlicy make other ants serve as slaves. Some of them have developed into door-tenders. They, have hard heads, with which they plug up entrahces. Friendly ants announce their pres ence by stroking the heads in a peculiar way, giving the password, as it were, and tli^n are admitted. These ants eveu raise a type of mush room on which they live. The "sanguinary ants' 'are what Prof. Wheeler calls the "facultative slave-workers." Here, also, we find gradations in the extent to which evolution has operated to produce greater or less dependence of owners on Blaves for the dls cht\rge of the duties of the nest. For instance, in the case of Formica sail' auiiica. a typical slave-holder of Europe, we may tind the ants living both in independent slaveless colonies and in nests where the ser vice is slave-discharged. And many ant communities are pestered by hoboes. About 1,500 varieties of parasites which prey upon ant communities have been found? panhandling ants, which make their living like human "bums" by begging or stealing food from their honest, hard-working brothers. But ants will pay the penalty of this co-opera tion. Such condition means high specialization, each ant learning io do only one thing, becoming ' in truth a piece-worker. Some little change in their environment would force a great many to drop put. Their usefulness would be ended. The horse is another example of too much specialization, it has specialized too highly on speed. The worst thing that an animal can do is to be too successful, because if the conditions under which he lives change he suffers extermi nation. lx)ok at the sabre-toothed tiger, onco the mightiest and perhaps the only mammal of its day. It probably lived on the giant turtle, until it killed off the turtles, and then it had l o d ie. Man is the most successful creature so far, because he has kept his balance,"but the worst thing about him is the large size of his brain, for it indicates that he has let himself grow too much in one direction. Biology teaches us that success is attained by keeping the power to improve; by going out and struggling; by not looking around for a snap, but principally by not permitting oneself to grow into a rut.