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^ $ of the fiohen^ol lern/
Qn rax, vrfco here ckmlcln for hl«
frira il, Coast Ernat tos HeHseadorir,
thr latter'* revelation* of the Inner
life of the imperial German court, haa
Isas been recoamlsed throughout Eu
The Enaiisb "who'« w ho" say* of
tries and in considered by the govern
ment (of Great Britain) an authority on
sneh matter." Another author., y ..y.,
•ntoundinic inner machinery 0 f Ger
many ihaa he."
than any contemporary In civil life, and
;".U^Hy 0 VrS^ f "^V^
bSS-— W ° rka " *
**count von Hdtae—dorir became an in
îlTh/u'br^b'oTth: wa"! he'h r a\ lT/n
living In retirement In Prance alnee
August, ion, and it waa there that Le
Queux received from the crown prince-.
1 a T . p nnh*He' t heme *reveoulons*o*" the
tuner life of the Hohenxoiierus—»hat
tbe democracies of the world migbi
come to know the real, hot heretofore
membe™"of the nntoerrey it u
now arrayed against.
ERMANY'S greatness is due
to beef, beer and Bis
marck," declared the kai
ser to me with a laugh as
I sat one summer's afternoon with him
in the business cabin aboard the Ho
We were going on our annual cruise
which he was proprietor had paid a
handsome profit. The place is called
"The Historic Mill " and was and still
Is managed bv Herr Moritz one of the
old stewards of the Neues Palais The
ämperor, on purchasing the place.
called old Moritz and ordered him to
serve the best coffee procurable in
Potsdam. And, even today, anybody
«an go there and pay 30 pfennigs for a
cup that Is unequaled in all Germany.
In consequence, the place is well pat
«raized, and on many occasions his
«njijesty will halt upon hls walks and
sample it
rope u the pooeeooor of Its lone
With the Kaiser on His
Private Yacht.
up the Norwegian fjords as far as
Hammerfest, and even farther north,
to the island of Spitzbergen, if weather
It is strange how often small things
occupy great minds. The reason of
the emperor's good humor that after
noon was because he had learned that
the cafe-restaurant in Potsdam of
A Mania for Traveling.
At that moment the emperor was
busy making up his diary for the forth
coming month, a diary of constant
travel. Such a mania has the kaiser
for traveling that upon occasions he
has been known -to sleep in the impe
rial railway saloon kept at the Wild
park station at Potsdam, ready for an
;ar* journey next morning. On such
occasions the whole railway traffic is
disorganized, for express trains must
not run on that line. There must be
no shunting or whistling lest it dis
turb the Imperial sleep, and so on. In
deed, the socialists once made a pub
lic protest against the emperor's habit
of holding up traffic by preferring to
sleep in a railway car to reposing in
hls own bed half a mile distant.
That summer's afternoon as we
sat together, and while he smoked his
eery rank cigar, he dictated certain
entries Into his private diary.
Sudden* he grumbled about the ex
penses of a journey which he had to
make to Vienna to see the sovereign
whom he so openly ridiculed, Francis
"I must be there on September the
eighteenth," he said. "Even though
I hold the old idiot and his empire in
the hollow of my hand, I suppose I
must grace his capital with my pres
ence. But I begrudge the money, Helt
zt'ndorff. I have no further Influence
to gain In Austria-Hungary. It is in
England that my future work lies. Ev
ery mark spent there is to our advan
tage. We shall have much yet to do
in Germanizing Great Britain."
The kaiser and his imperial spouse
were a parsimonious pair In most di
rectlons. On* when It was in the In
terests of the empire were they lavish
In their expenditure.* The German
public have never yet realized that
since William II ascended the throne
they have paid 180,000.000 marks into
the civil list, and of these 130,000,000
have been expended upon a pageant of
vainglorious splendor, with a staff of
1.M0 persons, that goes to make the
all-highest the great war lord.
The general public have no eoncep
tion of the extent of the German Im
perial court, the Immense suite of la
dies and gentlemen in waiting, mar
sluils, equerries, masters of the hunt.
chamberlains, treasurers, overseers of
the plate, gentlemen of the cellars,
gun chargers, chief chefs, with the
crowd of footmen, coachmen, chauf
feurs, grooms and 'imperial couriers.
And most of them were usual* a
grumbling crowd, being upon starvn
dangerous* near lese majesty.
At the emperors orders, as we sat
on board the Imperial yacht that aft
ernoori, I rang for Herr von Wedell.
A short, thickset man In uniform too
tight for him entered the cabin, bow
"" u " due «Penditure in regard to
the last Court ball, whereupon Von
Wedell pointed out that while huge
J° urne ys little was spent at home.
In a moment the emperor, with his
ke< ? narrowed ' fenced him by
iste^oVÄ h"r bemiD -1
'/f aad a «econd j
la ¥he re emplr, egomania asserted It
self that afternoon.
/ Scene on the Hohenzollem.
fJn that ca *m blue summer sea that
afternoon an incident occurred iinon
| the Hohenzollern which accentuated
the imper*»* egomania towards me
niais. There occurred a grave scandal,
| which has ever since been whispered
np and down the f j ords of x orwa y t
with a11 kinds of ridiculous embroidery
j manufactured by the all-powerful in
fluence of German gold.
As I happened to be one of the prin
clpal actors in the drama, I may per
haps be permitted to here place the
real truth upon record.
Herr von Wedell having bowed him
self out of the imperial presence, his i
1 majesty with all good grace signed
some papers I put before him. Sigh
in 8- he rose, and with his gloved hand
drew away his chair.
"Abominable!" cried the emperor,
" Von Wedell, of all men, dares to
contradict me!"
The all-highest ascended to the up
per deck, and I followed, for it was
his habit on a warm afternoon to sit
on a lounge chair beneath the awning
and dictate orders and dispatches. At
that time, the Telefunken system of
wireless telegraphy had just been in
stalled upon the imperial yacht. The
two operators had a cabin to them
selves, full of accumulators, detectors,
and other paraphernalia, and were, at |
odd times, in touch with the German
admiralty station at Norddeich.
O n the deck, the emperor, instead ;
of seating himself In the cozy nook
' sheltered from the wind, which the
empress had only a few minutes be
lore vacated, strode into the wireless
cabin, while I was compeUed by eti- ;
flotte to remain outside.
I stood gazing out upon the blue
«listant coast of Sweden, for we were
«ill within sight of that broken land,
with the Skaw on one side and His
singen on the other steering due west
v's ' tL "most' souttrnl/'nofntof
Nase, the most southern* point of
The kaiserin sat close by. deep* en
gaged in conversation with the old ;
count's* von Stoecker. wife of the
court chaplain, and laughing with her.
At last the emperor came forth from
the wireless room and. motioning me
to follow, descended again to the cabin
On entering be rang his bell and
summoned the captain, whei In a few
moments appeared, cap In hand, as be
came him.
"We will go farther east," said the
all-highest "We are too far out."
"Johnnnsen, the Norwegian pilot, is
in charge, your majesty," replied the
caDtain bowing.
Ä trtl ihe man Johannsen."
said the emperor, and he turned to his
table, dismissing the captain of the
Imperial yacht.
The Defiant Norwegian Pilot
Three minutes later there came loud
the door, and the emperor
Sea pilot, came In.
j "We are too far out : get nearer In
j to the coast." his majesty commanded
in imperious tones. _
j "We are not too far out, replied
; the man in German.
"Who are you to dictate to nu .
shouted the emperor in fury.
"You are emperor on land, but I.
Carl Johannsen of Ekersund. am n
charge of this vessel while she is in
Norwegian waters, and I take orders
from nobody."
And with that the man coolly turned .
upon hls heels nnd ' salat ^ g ' ,e / ;
The enipenir w as» 1
at the rebuff. He torn* the P«l*™ |
from him am P a<1 ' . ascended
anger. Yet an o i ' -
to the bridge and printed the man
with a scarfpln ^'b /e lmperial
crown and cipher_!n dlan /^' a f / t
duly report/ to Baronivon Bf/lofen i
the kaisers pre >>
agent), who duly K/e an «*•"*
the emperors munificence without, of
course, referring to the defiance of the
imperial command.
On that same night, after the kai- ;
serin had retired, I found the emperor
walking the deck alone and behoving
very strange*. He was capless, wav
lng his healthy arm wild* above his
head, and groaning. Then he would
break out into fearful imprecations
agalnsc all and sundry. J
raps upon
himself gave the order to enter, where
upon a short, thick-set seaman In blue ■
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In alarm I called Von Wedell, and
together we approached him. Togeth
er we managed to get his majesty be
low and hand him over to his valet
and the court physician without any
of the OTew beln ^ the wiser. j
The Kaiser's Amazing Sermon.
Next morning he appeared fresh and
active, and apparently quite normal ;
but tb at evening at sunset he ordered
the officials, suite officers, and crew to
assemble on deck, and then, appearing
i ln clerical garb, he preached a most j
marvelous and amazing sermon. |
"I am God's instrument!" he cried, j
" He has sent me to unsheath the sword
against the world, to lead on the
armies of our empire to victory and to
world-power ! In me," he cried, "you
see the one sent unto you as a de
liverer! —the all-highest upon this
earth—your kaiser!"
He raised his arm toward the sun
and shouted : "The enemies of Ger
many shall wither as grass before the
dre - I am your emperor, your deliver
er ' y° ur master !"
Next morning, at Von Wedell's In
stigution, the captain swore the whole
crew > t be officers, and the entourage
| to secrecy, but the old Norwegian pilot
was ' a month later, indiscreet when he
got back to Ekersund; hence the sen- *
; satlonal report which appeared ln the
Globe In London, a report which, of
™ ar * G ' was P TOm ptly denied by the
"wff bureau.
da ya/ter we were winding
; bb / a y in the s moo th ^uter between
^em^ror wîom
^ Teeard^d ^ith
' strenuous time for
majes;ty had dictated all sorts of
^> d dispatches and made all sorts
, dismissals of hieh of
L^ith thTmnst
J 8
; appo r e ts ' !
Beneath his eye I had been com-!
Pe««* to seal up the papers in the ;
heavy leather dispatch bag. and they
bad been land/ with the imperial
courier, one Natzmer, at the Uttle fish- :
"other matter which great* per
//// " a / r W J' cb ^
turbed me was the fart that my as
slstant, the pe^onal adjutant young
Rudolph von Lantzsch, had. while
listening to the kaiser's astounding
sermon, exclaimed ln hls amazement
and loud enough for all to hear:
"That man Is no emperor; he is
crazy!' |
The kaiser had heard him, and had
turned hls eyes towards him for an In
stant without pausing. But well did I
know the fierce imperial vindictive
ness. -
i n desperation I sought the em
and s j gu an imperial order in her au
gust na me.
I could see that the poor lady was j
g roat * upset and extremely nervous,
"It is all most unfortunate. Count j
Ton Heîtzendorff," she said. "I only
hope that we may be able to prevent
!h(? peop ; e f rom hearing of hls majes
ty , g 8Cttons> B wag truly regrettable
that Capta i n von Lantzsch should have
luade tbat very untime* remark. The
emperor is absolute* furious regard
. jj ,i
; "Very naturally." I said. "Lantzsch
showed a great want of tact. But. your :
| majesty," I went on, "I am more per
turb<?<1 regarding the contents of the
dispatch bag now on Its way to Ber
^ NaUmer , s QOW traveHnft by road
to TroniUl j ern , where he ls dut , at n , H>n
tomorrow. Thence by rail he will go
i down t0 christiania and on by the de
stroyer awaitlug him to Hamburg. He
wiU be m Berlin on Thursday."
a Th , h , h ould he
„ ^ x em[)rt ™ „ Yet r
„ ' * .
; fear wha ' the emperor may think If I
assume ms autnority. «-annot you er
foct i! bv anv other means.
Stopping the Dispatch Bag.
I revealed to her some of the dis
missals. There were Insulting notes
addressed to the Imperial chancellor
J and also to the crown prince, and an [
press In her pale-blue-and-gold salon,

■ to tbe unfortunate events, and begged
her to allow me to use the wireless
I found her seated alone. I referred

open declaration of war to the French
ambassador In Berlin. .
Her majesty, in her gray silk gown,
s-at there, pale and nervous. Somebody
tapped at the door, but she repUed :
"I am engaged. Come later."
"I will endeavor to do my best," I
w ent on, "providing that your majesty
will support me."
"I certainly will. These dispatches
must be stopped at all hazards." she
said. "Cannot you yourself land and
overtake the courier?"
It was a wild suggestion. Natzmer
had gone off in the steam pinnace an
hour before, and the boat, returning.
had already been hauled up. I could
not step ashore for at least a couple
of hours, and then at some point on
that rugged coast where I might be
compelled to drive by some circuitous
rout by carriole down to Trondhjem. :
Further, the emperor would miss me,
and would consequently suspect.
In a few brief sentences I pointed
all this out to the empress,
"Try—do try—for our empire's
sake!" she urged. "I will assist you
with all my efforts. You must arrive
a t the imperial chancellery prior to
those dispatches. The emperor Is not
himself. Count von Heîtzendorff, you
are a trusted servant of our house.
into your hands I place the solution
0 f this most difficult problem."
"WIH not your majesty allow me to
wire in your name to our legation in
Christiania to recall the courier?" I
suggested. "I will send a wireless mes
Sage WhiCh the rnlniSter ' V ° n Petscb '
Wl " reCeiTe W ' thin 8 C ° UP ' e ° f h ° arS '
"" W8tCh wl!1 then be kept for hls
arr '7 1 rl î™ 1 " - , T ° °J^ t * k „ e hlm
Q0W ^ 1 feel SUre ' lmpossible *
F ° r the neXt feW 8600003 ^ kais -
heMmlJhnZnT ^
orders of her !mperial bnsband was
almost more than she dar ^' 111 her
own sphere 8be was aa ^™tlc, and
ruled her court Just as sternly as did
the emperor role hjg anny . B ut to
overrule t he emperor!
^ ghe ^ after f mo .
ments , further reflcctlolL .. Yoo are
^ rf ht connt . j ^ ve orders
- vonr commands in my name."
In a few seconds I had written out
aQ imperial dispatch t0 be transmitted
by wirelesSi and t0 this the empresSi
„ nYe and appended her sig
aature - PP S
. ' rt f h
^ToThe GeZn minder InChrt
H.ni« J.f l 1 HT
Sss ope^tor Z
christiania « ord ° '
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A Sudden Apparition.
That same evening I was reading in
™y cabin when Rudolph von Lantzsch.
in the uniform of the Red Hussars of
Potsdam, entered. He was a tall, fair
haired man, a typical Prussian cav
"Well, Heîtzendorff." he laughed,
"my remarks during tbe emperor's ser
mon seem to have stirred up quite a
lot of trouble."
"Trouble for yourself, I fancy, my
dear comrade," I said.
"Well, after all, I on* spoke the
"For your words, your majesty; not!
for yottr ac u 0 ns," was the cool re
The emperor, boiling over with rage,
for he had never before had such
plain words spoken to him, made a i
spring forward and struck the captain
full In the face. i
he has been sent by providence as the
war lord of Europe? Why, Heltzen
dorff, any man who would talk like
that Is crazy."
"Hush!" I cried, starting up—the
next second to find ourselves in the
presence of the kaiser himself.
We both started, staring at the fig
ure in naval uniform, pale and hollow
eyed, standing before us like a sudden
"So I now know the opinion you
hold of your emperor. Von Lantzsch !"
hls majesty said very slow*, his gaze
fixed upon his assistant personal ad
jutant. i
Your majesty, I have nothing to
retract," replied the hussar. ;
"You declared me to be Irrespon-1
truth. Didn't he declare to us that
The latter, his cheeks scarlet, reeled
and clutched at the table.
HI* first Impulse was to hit back;
but with self-possession, he drew hlm- I
self up, clicked hi* heels together and
sainted without a word.
tu ™ e<1 * nd left th « cabin.
I Stood aghast
"Well." exclaimed Rudolph at last
though he be emperor !" and be strode j
,,ot ' leavln * speechless with sur- j
Prise. |
A fe *[ minutes later I ascended to
Jck when suddenly I saw before me
Passed with quick, angry sLp.
A * he /P/ , // [ ^
and Stand in his path. It was
that of Von Lantzsch. j
The kaiser lifted his hand. and. with '
*>me imperious words, struck the man
. who stood In his path.
* n a second Von Lantzsch, In a fury
of Passion, raised his fist planting a
«U^t b! ° w at the emperor's jaw and
sending him spinning against some
deck chairs.
' v,ld sheuts arose from the officers ^
who had been chatting near, two of .
wbom wished toward* the emperor.
but the latter had Instantly recovered
himself, and with a grim smile con
tlnued his walk and went below.
Naturally, we all expected the hus
< ' ar ^Ptaln to be put under arrest
But he was not - He entered my cabin
filing and merry an hour afterwards
~ fhe on,y man who had dared to give
back blow for b,ow to th e emperor.
A Midni 9 b t Command.
Among the entourage there was. of
: coars *- much gossiping. The cause
of the fraca< ' was to them a complete
mystery. What had occurred previ
f ' as * y my cabin was unknown to
P ace *° rev ®al anything whatsoever
of a private na ture. Therefore the ,
amount of whispering that went on on
boa ^ * bat evenlng be readlly j
lrna ^m/
Just before midmght, as I was about
t0 n ' 1 reoe J ved a command to
g0 * be eIn Peror s cabin wherein he
worked '
■flAlllftir Alibi IA
MflPfifJf (| |U |\
»*"1/11 1 lit IIUIl 10
DCÇT U/ÜD U/f/l DflM
DtO I If nil WlJil Ull
- I
Indisputably the MOSt Terrible
K 1
Instrument of Defense,
Say . nh , p - vpr
°UUaei ver.
. *
D g ßllkJC nCTTll IMirrijPITT
D1 « QUIlO Ul I Lfl HIMubUllAlC
Heavy Artillery la Not in Same I
da« With Machine Gun. *
in Defensive Tactics.
in Defen * iVe Tactic *
_ J In tbe Ch ' c **? ? zd } T Xews ) ,
°* "" assaul '°"
h French Une3 at Verdun * "hlch
Ä ^ T""
known means of attack, have
bare* succeeded In bending the ad
versarj s lines. There Is, it Is true, a
diminution of forces on both sides, and
0Qe may look forward to the day when ;
the accumulation of material and the
superiority in numbers of men on the
side of the allies will enable the latter
to break more rapid* the adversary's
tenacious resistance.
But w hy is it. one asks, that despite !
the accumulation of heavy cannon it
costs so much in men and money and
time to break the enemy's resistance?
If la because this war is being fought
111 a Period of development of the art
of war, in which the means of defense
them, and as a* loyal servant of hls
majesty at that time It was not my
French army and one of the great de
fenders of Verdun,
In the factory there is pothing
easier or relative* cheaper to make
than the machine gun. And at the
front there is nothing simpler to trans
port than this light arm, which three
are ,asdy superior to the means of
°®- onSt> in th#faci!ity with which they
030 b« brought into action and manu
factored at ' ow cost, and above all In
fbeir efficaey, arising both from the
*B®culty which the adversary finds ln
demolishing them, and from the abso
lute accuracy of their aim.
disposal of the armies iu the field, i
First, besides the trenches, and the ;
barbed wire that prevents access to ;
them, which are the basis of the pres
i «it system of defense, and of which
the shell hole wherein the soldier con
; eeals himself from the enemy. Is but a
variation, the two great arms of de
fense are the machine gun and the
"75" cannon, the last resort of the
To understand this one has mere*
to review the means of defense at the
Means of Defense.
On entering I foand him seated a*
his table, his uniform tunic „nbut
toned, his hair sUghly ruffled bv which
knew that he bad been writing hard
"Von Heîtzendorff" he «,!.• *. r
,tood beside his -v, „ _ *
afternoon. Does anyone except our
selves know what metier i„
Jesty," wms my reply
"But the officer who has raised his
hand against the lôverei^Tthl
swore allegiance may have done!"
against majjy. Hand thls to S"
" l
was sealed with the emp^risw^U
fcnown black wax.
To „ T ^
. / hande<3 the «*P
~ 3 et
and thl/ , rea<1 tS co " tent *'
. ga '' ? a queer ' nervous laugh,
tc L me '
T/nks Heltzendorflf. It was my
, tonight to be on duty with his
ß^dtih 1 D<>t ^ t0 lt
D sht_
Early np xt morning one of the Im
/ rial ste ' vards entered and, awaken
me - asked me to go to Captain Von
Eantzsch s cabin,
On entering I found him lying dead
0,1 his berth with blood oozing from a
ist ° l wound in the temple,
Epon the little shelf of the folding
washstand was a note addressed to
On opening It I found these words
scribbled ln pencil:
"Dear Heîtzendorff: I have taken
my life at the order of his majesty,
Am I not a loyal subject after all?—
beneath those high snow-clad
which rise against the gray, turbulent
Many fantastic reports have been
whispered concerning the Incident, but,
being one of the actors In the drama.
I am able here for the first time to
reveal the actual truth,
(Copyright. 1317. Wheeler Syndicate. Inc.)
or four men can carry as thev run.
Its aim Is most accurate-it can/hen
necessary. Are to(£o
tridges ^er minute, so^ng death
every s,de »1* Incredible speed. But
«««in»» a trench It is powlS, and
therefore It Is pre-eminently the arm
of defen.se. When properly handled.
is so redoubtable that one alone has
been known to stop an entire regt
ment. It is indisputably the most ter
rible instrument of war
well-directed hatterv nf "re
mZ coZZ lo lLTnomnT^
These then Zl thf orimo^'i«!
Th^se 'bem are /e primord al
® eana ^ich naturally
trenches in which are invisible loop
holes where the enemy awaits our a£
What are the adversary's means of
annihUating these hidden, powerful de
Only heavy artillery; the Urge
shell, the huge torpedo, the heavy
JW:tile ° f *•* inGi ^ a S
plosive, is capable of demolishing
netting, of demoralizing those -
pants of the trench whom it does
kill and keeping the adversary'
on edge by the menace of its sudden
arrival several kilometers behind the
lines. Thus the means of offensive n
the heavy cannon, the large trench
mortars, the large caliber howitzers.
the formidable marine gun mounted . „
rails, all that is longest, most difficult
and costly to manufacture, to tran*
port, to set in motion. A machine gun
can be installed anywhere in two rnin
mes or less. A month is required to
install the "320" trench
By noon the body of the kaisers
victim had been landed at Bodo, where
now reposes In the little
Heavy Shell* for Offense.
pn -
« cu
■ ne r vt*
mortar. To
put a naval gun on rails in running
order necessitates months of work an i
the installation of a railway. ZL
guns that are easy to handle, such l_:
the "155," are moved with difficulty ;
times it takes two or three days to
place them In a battery.
limited number of shots, as its caliber
increases, and as it must constantly
replaced, one understands why it Is
much easier to take the defensive
thau the offensive, and why the situa
tion on the western front, at all points
well defended, was stationary for so
long a time before the means of at
tack were sufficient to permit of aaj
And this is not all. The heavy ar
tillery is naturally less accurate than
the field artillery. When one eonsid
ers that heavy guns soon wear out.
the big gun can fire on* a more or less
"Your blunt people seldom live up
their name."
"How so?"
"As a rule, they generally come t
the poinL"

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