Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, March 25, 1919, Page 4, Image 4

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Hie Private Life of the Kaiser
The Kaiser and Kataerta'a Lite Major Demo, Chief of the Royal
Household a* Berlin and Potsdam.
Baroneoa Ten Lartaeh-Reddera fa the TRUE name of the Berlin
Court Lndr who gave the atory of the Kalaer to Henry William
Flaher, Ursula. Coanteas von Eppfnghoven being a nom de guerre,
heretofore uaed to shield her.
Thompson Feature Service, 1919, Copyright
Enter the favorites—Four women who in, turn
captivate his fancy, and who, one by one, were
sent into exile by the jealous Kaiserin—
Glimpses of vulgarity of court life
This startling testimony against the late Emperor of Germany,
given in ♦esc pages to-da.v, was first ruled out by the committee of
editors uT.o are weighing the evidence. "Yet, are we not duty bound
to give all tlic facts to the public?" they argued. "Wily should we
nllow Wilhelm II to escape? This is one of the penalties of des
ixitism. William Hbhenzollern stands shorn of his 'divine right,'
and he must now account to the people for his murderous assault
upon civilization. Ills lmbits and conduct can not escape relentless
public scrutiny. Let the facts be known."
Acting on the aforementioned principle, the records have been
digested for publication. The l'rank testimony of the Chief of
Household in tlie German Court, as transcribed by the publicist,
Henry William Fisher, is s-ueli tliat it lias required skilful expurgation
before it could he presented to the readers of tills newspaper.
[Continued From Yesterday]
(What we are now to reveal re
quires explanations—if not apology
But we are pledged to tell "the truth
the whole truth, and nothing but the
truth" about William Hohenzollern
the exiled Kaiser of Germany—and
this requires us to reveal phases
of his character about which we
should prefer to remain silent. This
silence, however, would be unjust
tQ the world; It would, in fact, be
a deliberate attempt to conceal im
portant facts and thus protect him
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from his own conduct. William Ho
henzollern is entitled to no such sup
pression of the truth. He has placed
himself before the cold scrutiny of
history and must stand the conse
quences—every detail of his life be
longs to the public— thus we are
forced to give historical record to
the former Emperor's conduct in the
Imperial Court; his customs and
habits; his interpretation of public
morals; his attitude toward and his
responsibility to society. The only
defense that we can extend to him is
that he acted upon the axiom: "The
King can do no wrong!"—that the
King is Law; that laws are only
made for the people; and that the
King is not subject to either the
Law of God or man. This undoubt
edly is the Hohenzollern doctrine,
and the creed of its morals and re
My the Chief of the Kaiser's House
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riod of his early life and reveal
nothing of affairs within the last few
years, which might incriminate many
living personages. Let us begin at
the beginning. What was the fun
damental conception of moral obli
gations with which William H
Zollern began life? And what was
the nature of this moral develop
ment? . ,
I was told when I entered tne
I Court that as a young prince among
! men of his own caste and age, vv u
liam had but one intimate, the late
! Rudolph of Austria; but the I'loas
iant relations between these y° u "S
: men, based upon mutual likes and
dislikes, came to an abrupt end some
! four years previous to the Arcn-
I duke's awful death, discord arising
when Prince and Princess William
were spending several weeks at tneir
Imperial Highnesses* country-place
near Vienna. From this outing the
Princess returned all of a sudden
and post-haste to Potsdam, while
her husband went on an impromptu
tour of military inspections in the
And the reason?
Princess Philip of Coburg, sister
of tlic Archduchess Stephanie, told
me that William, returning in her
brother-in-laws's company from a
stag party late one evening, propos.
Ed a game, which, Her Royal High
ness insists, is "quite common
among German officers. • . * * *
♦ * (Deleted by the editors).
Next morning the young wives
got together; but as each charged
the other's husband with instigating
the devilish plot, the happy family
party was bound to break up, and
the worthy of each others separted
without saying good-bye. Such, at
least, was common report at the
Court of Empress Augusta in Cob
lentz, where I happened to be at
the lime.
As for the rest, it will probably
never be known which of the royal
gentlemen incited the act; maybe
both were drunk and agreed upon
the dictum of Prussian army men:
"Among pals it's all the same," as a
good joke.
Accusations in Diplomatic Record
(This testimony of the next episode
is related here also with apologies;
it becomes essential, however, to
give history its correct Judgment.
My next experience in the Em
peror's Court was when the house
hold was upset by the receipt of an
anonymous letter, written to the
Empress. I will tell more about
these anonymous letter scandals
later—but here let me mention this
"Madame," wrote the anonymous
correspondent, "do you know what
is the difference between you and Ma
ria Leczinska? Her children died
while Louis the Fifteenth's illegiti
mate offspring flourished. Today
the Kaiser's Vienna baby is dead.. I
wonder if for the same reason which
the physician of His Most Christian
Majesty assigned for the demise of
the Queen's children?"
That cruel letter, cruel, yet con
soling in more than one way, ar
rived when the anonymous letter
scandal was at its height and the
little waif was about twelve months
Her mother was a beauteous Vi
ennese, Fraulein Caroline Seiffert,
one of the late Crown Prince Ru
dolph's set.
Madame von Kotze Insisted that
It was a spite baby, tl will tell you
more about Madam von Kotze later.)
"And what on earth is a spite
baby?" I inquired.
"They had been making fun of
Caroline —His Majesty, then Prince
William, and the Prince Imperial—
'as a little Idiot, who didn't know
enough to have a child; but
like the first Napoleon's love. Mar
guerite Bellisle (the girl General
Bonaparte had with him in Egypt,
or rather took away from ono of his
olficers there), the Vienna beauty
said: 'I will show them who the
idiot is.'
Her child was born, two or three
weeks after Eitel Fritz, the Kaiser's
second son, saw the light a.t the
Marble Palace.
I remembered the circumstances
perfectly, and my question to Mad
ame von Kotze was merely asked to
help clear up, if possible, the au
thorship of the unsigned communi
cations that had kept their Majes
ties and the Court in a turmoil for
two years. I was one of many in
the royal service and society gener
ally who did not believe the lvotzes
guilty, and have never had occasion
to change this opinion. Jealousy
was alleged to be the mainspring of
the scandal, —Madame von Kotzo's
jealousy of Countess Fritz Hohe
nau's ascendency over the Kaiser.
I put the question to disabuse my
mind of any suspicions of that sort.
The Man W'iio Caused the World War
To return to William's infatuation
for Mademoiselle Seiffert. That story
was well known to the intimates of
the late Crown Prince's circle. (Af
terward Emperor Frederick.)
"Unser Fritz" did not mind it
much. Having been kept well in
hand by his "Vicky" all through life,
I suspect he even took some mis
chievous delight in his son's esca
pade, as his visit to the Court of the
late Alphonso XII, so rich in adven
ture, proved.
But in the Princess Imperial's eyes
a liasion was little short of a crime.
Pictures of the fourth George and
Mrs. Fitz-Herbcrt, she told me once,
arose before her mental eyes every
time she thought of the matter. At
that period, be it remembered, the
history of Prince and Princess Wil
liam's marriage was as fresh in
everybody's memory as it is now
obscure, —as fresh as were the inci
dents attending George's courtship
with Caroline of Brunswick during
the first ten years after Europe's
gentleman par excellence had reeled
into the Chapel Royal and hic
coughed out his vows of fidelity.
Auguste Victoria was a much
abused woman then, though carry
ing out her part of the marriage
agreement—to provide new Hohen
zollerns—with the utmost loyalty.
Indeed, so frequent were the stork's
visit in the household that the wife
was unablo v to appear at the great
Court festivals for three winters in
succession, while her husband, full
of resentment for his consort-by
statecraft, shamefully Ignored her.
And to crown it all —this Vienna
True Character of German and Aus
trian Courts.
Primarily it was the outcome of
the friendship between the " two
heirs destined to wear the most an
cient and the newest imperial dia
dems (Germany and Austria —allied
for the great war which was to up
set the world.). Being of the same
age, and possessed of temperaments
whose selfishness was only equalled
by thirst for power, both command
ed, if not much ready money, un
limited credit for certain extrava
gances. Rudolph, however, was far
ahead of William in the knowledge
of fashionable vice.
In the Potsdam archives I came
upon a stack of letters from the rep
resentatives of Prussia at the Vien
na Congress, denouncing a state of
morals that permitted the sons of
tho great Austrian nohles to keep
mistresses at the age of thirteen or
fourteen years. Similar observations!
might be made of the Vienna of the
nineties—and Rudolph was more
than a noble!
The two young Princes, then
twenty-four and twenty-five years
old. considered it fun to revel In de
bauches with the official world and
society looking on, and the possi
bility of bothersome consequences
was invited rather than dreaded by
these hopeful roues.
Yet, when Mademoiselle Selftert's
telegram arrived in Berlin, Prince*
William did not feel in the devil
may-care mood that had led him
into the adventure, and his first se
rious misunderstanding with his
sister Charlotte arose on account of
a clever bit of poetry cited by Her
Royal Highness "in honor of the
occasion," as she expressed herself.
"Vater werden ist nicht schwer,
Aber's seln um desto mehr."
Translated: To become a father is
easy enough, but to be one is differ
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Caroline was not sentimental
about the affair. Unlike Marie Vcc
sera, she had never dreamed of a
diadem, or even a coronet to glo3s
over her fall. Only by a short tel
egram sought she to reopen com
munication with the father; her next
step was to formulate her demands
at the German Embassy in her na
tive city.
There were frantic messages from
Prince Reuss, husband of the catty
and imperious Marie: "I am neither
a Beauharnais, nor a Talleyrand,"
he wrote. "What have I to do with
this affair?"
However, Prince Bismarck, who
was friendly to both Reuss and Wil
liam, at last persuaded the Ambas
sador to look into the case.
"A hundred thousand florins,"
said Mademoiselle SeifTert, accord
ing to diplomatic correspondence re
lating to the case.
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(This evidence at least gives an
historical insight into the moral
codes of the Imperial Governments
of Germany and Austria.)
Every time His Majesty visited
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Bell Phone 2261 Dial 3604
the Austrian capital he received hun-J
dreds of letters from Countesses and
Princesses who fairly threw them
selves at his feet, for, under the
shadow of the Hofburg, husbands
are of the amiable type that never
interfere so long as they, the lords
of creation, are allowed to please
"Your Majesty has the most beau
tiful eyes;" "The holy fire of ideal
ism burns in your eyes: let them rest
upon Your Majesty's humblest sub
ject;" "Your eyes are those of a
King: allow my poor self to bask in
their sunshine but for ever so short
a while," are extracts from epistles
the Kaiser brought home from time
to time and read to Her Majesty.
Glimpse Into the Court at Berlin.
It was because of these incidents,
and the natural jealousy of the
Kaiserin, that the Berlin Court be
came as notorious for the ugliness
of its female members as that of the
old Emperor and Empress was for
The Empress, my august mistress
(as I have described) is jealousy
personified, and not only surrounded
herself with a chain of passo and
sour dames, but treated women of
the aristocracy who possess attrac
tions that might possibly captivate
the Kaiser, with such exquisite and
cunning ill-grace that they wore
obliged to keep away from Court as
often as etiquette permitted.
! With the exception of Countess
Bassewitz, who was young and pret
ty of face, all Her Majesty's ladles
belonged to the old guard, and if,
perchance, a good-looking girl was
engaged for the higher duties of the
household where the Emperor was
liable to meet her, Auguste Victoria
soon found ways and means to rid
the palace of that lay of sunshine.
Either the young person was driven
to hand in her resignation by those
arts which jealous women under
stand so well, or was transferred to
some distant residence which the
imperial master never visited.
Fair chambermaids even were sub
ject to this rule, and I could give
quite a long list of lowly members of
our menage who were banished from
Berlin merely because Her Majesty
thought their nose too finely mod
eled, or their hair too luxurious.
All the unhappy traits Thackeray
ascribes to Queen Charlotte were
brought In to play when Auguste Vic
toria's jealousy was aroused. She
became invincible in matters of eti
quette and angry with her people
who, in the service, suffered ill
health. A pin out of place, or a mo
ment's absence from duty, threw her
into a towering passion on such occa
sions. She was unkind, unjust, and
not aboye excusing her hatred of poor
sinners, such as we all are, by re
ligious scruples. At all times tlie
Kaiserin was a much more gracious
mistress to homely dependents of
her own sex than to good-looking
ones; and when they were old, into
the bargain, she could be really de
lightful to them.
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[To Be Continued To-morrow.]