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The Private Life of the Kaiser
ntoM THI RAT at* AND DIARIES or
THE BARONESS VON LARISCH-REDDERN
Tk. Kilttr u lUlMatal Late Malar Dam*. Chief at the Rayal
Hanaehal* at Berlin and Fotfdaa.
BaraatM awn UiMk-lltMcra la the TRUE name af the Berlin
Dam I Lady aha Bar* the atayy af the Kalaer t* Henry William
Vlaher, Crania. Ciaatlat ran BB*ta*haren helna a nam de guerre,
Bteretafere need ta ahleld her.
Thompson Feature S "rvice. 1919, Copyright
pUontinned front Yesterday.]
If he was to get those Belgian or
Frereh coal fields and iron mines which
the kaiser had promised him for his
lifekwig support, financial and other
wise, why, 'THE DAY" must not be
"cake to-morrow."
Cont Zeppelin, since dead, played on
the name string. He was getting on in
years, and before he "kicked the
bucket," he wanted to "lay London and
Paris and possibly. New York in ashes"
by his latest machine—always his
latest.
Afrd there was Gwlnner and Rathenau
urti a hundred and one other Industrial
*fcd financial barons with or without
Mandles to their name.
Cecilia's fortune and William Jr.'s
uavings (what there was of such), were
bound up with those of the Fatherland's
merchant princes.
If war meant larger dividends, as the
Frankfort Nabobs predicted, why, the.
Kaiser must be prodded to say "go"
now, particularly, as Little Willie was
building a new home for himself at
Potsdam—one of those enormous
hideous German palaces, which Thack
eray was wont to shed tears over.
The spoils of war, I heard the Crown
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Prince say more than once, might be
used to counstruct the marble-lined
swimming pool, as large as a Swiss lake,
which he was crazy about, they might
build miles ot green houses and buy
tons of articles de virtu; as well as un
rivalled Napoleon souvenirs—"hence 'we
must have war."
And of course, there was the Princes'
Trust: Pless, Hohenlohe and Max Fur
stenberg, all of them longing for
muddled water to catch gold fish. Their
giant financial Utopias bewildered and
charmed the Kaiser; control of the
Pank of England, of the New York
Stock Exchange, and of gambling houses
the world over. Lovely, eh?
After the Austrian Archduke inci
dent, the Kaiser's activities as war pro
motor grew more direct, more sys
tematic and more wide-spread. His
daily cable tolls to America alone
would have kept a good-sized family
going for a month.
"Bernstorff must know what I think
of that affair," he kept saying at lunch
eon, dinner and supper. Or more often:
"Now to fool those idiotic Yanks.
John tells me they love to swallow the
bait I hand them."
And on such occasions, Rieger
couldn't fetch the pad of telegraph
blanks quickly enough.
When Francis Ferdinand had been
a doomed man for a week or ten days
(ot course he didn't know it, poor
chap), the Crown Prince one evening
interrupted a poker game in his bach
elor quarters at the Marble Palace.
"Get me Huelsen, on the double quick,'*
he said to his adjutant, throwing down
his cards.
"Huelsen," he ordered in his most
imperious style after the connection
had been effected, "I want you to be
put on 'Diplomacy' on Wednesday at
the very latest."
There was considerable buzzing,
Huelsen replying no doubt, but Willie
hung up the receiver. The director of
the royal playhouse had his orders and
the Crown Prince wasn't interested in
what the director might have to say
on the subject.
lLoltciizollcms Big llators
Not to miss one of their five consti
tutional meals a day—five, count 'em 1
—the imperial family had tea and
sandwiches served to them between acts
at the theater. During the first act of
"Diplomacy," William, Jr., had talked
to the Kaiser off and on, commenting
particularly on the woman spy, and
during the repaßt he continued his "il
luminating talk," as he termed his va
porings.
The Kaiser seemed to pay more at
tention to Willie than usual, affecting
the thoughtful mien which characterizes
most of his portraits. Suddenly ho put
down his cup and beckoned to me.
"Baroness," he whispered, as, stand
ing behind his chair, I bent over him.
"make haste and call up Daisy. Tell
her to start for Berlin instantly. No,
the midnight train will do," (It was then
9 o'clock). "I have got a mission for
her; special ambassadress. Make her
mouth water, you know."
"But," I boldly suggested, "wouldn't
the Princess be more eager Btill if
Majesty In person did the talking?"
"Of course she would, any pretty
woman would." —I was being backed by
William, Jr., who probably had a favor
to ask of papa. "Call her yourself,
father," he added.
"And have the whole castle know
what's what?" demanded the Kaiser.
"Mind your own business, Willie, and
you Baroness—" He was going to say
something rude, but at that moment the
operator signalled that the line to Pless
was clear. I hurriedjy left the table to
go to the booth. (All wires and lines,
favored by the Kaiser, had to be aban
doned by operators and officials the mo
ment William indicated that he desired
to speak himself or by deputy).
I was explaining his Majesty's orders
to the Princess Pless for the second
time, when William, Jr., burst In, "Tell
her, never mind Court dress —traveling
outfit, tailormade and half a dozen
semi-evening gowns will do."
"But what does it all moan?" asked
Daisy, when I had transcribed tho order
to her.
"A hurried trip to her old country,"
whispered William. Jr., into my ear.
"Rut secrecy, dead secrecy, Kaiser's
most stringent orders. We will" have
her cars, tell her, if she breathes a
word even to her lap dog."
Daisy, Princess Pless, born Mary
Theresa Olivia Cornwallis West, of
Ruthin Castle, England, was then forty
one years old and no longer the great
beauty over whom the illustrated pa
pers raved when she was a girl at home.
And though her husband's royal estate
at Pless is one of the finest on the con
tinent and though the castle Is set in
romantic and even poetic environment,
more than twenty years of German life
had coarsened her in looks as well as
in manner. German royalty, after
which she patterned, is rough-shod,
over-feeding and over-weening. Titled
attendants, like myself, are treated with
sarcasm at court; the ordinary run of
servants is used worse than beasts of
burden.
"Why shout at tho man." asked the
Prince of Wales, afterwards King Ed
ward. when on a visit to Berlin, he
heard his imperial nephew bawl at
a lackey; "he isn't deaf, is he?"
"You don't understand, uncle 1 It's
customary here to rave at servants, so
they know who is the master."
Williclm's Special Ambassadress in
TiOiidon
In May. 1914, we find Wllhelm's spe
HXHRDBBtmG TELEGRAPH
cial ambassadress in London town. He
had asked Princess Pleas to try to per
suade Lord Kitchener and Lord Roberts
to come to Germany for a stay at her
house, and she did his bidding, right
or wrong, giving no thonght to possible
consequences, I dare say.
Wilhclm's Spies
People have exaggerated the Kaiser's
reputation for gallantry. In the early
years of his reign, when at last free
to lay his hands on millions, he indulg
ed ina succession of mistresses, it is
true, but the anonymous letter scandal
and his growing intimacy with the Eu
lenburg coterie cured him of that weak
ness. For the last ten years and more
women have merely served him as so
many "Countesses Castigllones." Their
ladyships were made to believe that the
king's crust was better than their Lord's
dainties and were flattered into the con
viction that special priveliges had been
conferred upon them and that under "Ah
Highest" guidance, diplomacy was to
be their oyster.
The acts of "diplomacy" assigned to
them were spying at home or abroad,
and the dirtier the work for the Kaiser's
greater glory, the nobler it was in the
eyes of true patriots! And the lady
! spy's reward? If successful: Royal dec.
orations for herself, titles, advancement
for husband, cousins, uncles or sons!
If found out: Banishment from court
and society.
What Wilhclm's Special Ambassa
dress Did In London
Wilhelm's idea, superinduced by the
play of Diplomacy, was to make Kitch
ener and Roberts, England's leading
military men, prisoners of war in the
midst of peace I 1 ! He intended to lure
them on a hunting trip into the very
heart of the Central Empires, midway
between Berlin and Vienna; there to
sequestrate them In the lonely castle of
Pleas, without reach of post, telegraph
or phone.
"Impossible," you say, "there are no
such wild and wooly places in Ger
many." Yes, there are: KAISER
MADE. for when Wilhelm stays at a
country house, the entire postal and
telegraph services are suspended for all
other inmates, and nothing short of the
All-highest "I command," makes the
post come forward and sets the 'phone
and wires working. There can bo no
manner of doubt that if Lord Kitchener
had accepted the Kaiser's invitation to
meet him at Pless in the last weeks of
July, 1914, Wilhelm would have man
aged to isolate him from London and
the British Embassy in Berlin, for the
time he wanted him Isolated, as thor
oughly as if the future British Minister
of War had been on a visit to Mars—
him and Lord Roberts, who was also in
vited "as a surprise" for Lord Kitch
ener.
Ead of May, 1914
Expecting many callers on the Kai
ser's business, Daisy, after a short stay
at the Savoy, leased a furnished flat In
Jcrmyn street. Piccadilly, a unique es
tablishment for none of the servants
spoke a word of Engtish. Perhaps the
circumstance that the same apart
ment has frequently housed William,
Jr., when in London incognito, accounts
for that.
Such were tho London safeguards.
But what about the proposed victims?
The Kaiser intended to dccroe a "real
rest" for his friends; "absolutely noth
ing to worry them 1" The chase, agree
able company, lordly splendor and his
(Wilhelm's) boon companionship would
make their days and evenings a delight.
And there would be new war inventions,
shown by special favor, to interest
them: Krupp would send cannon and
Wllhelmshaven models of submarines.
There would be professors to talk eco
nomics, old sabre-tasches, great nobles,
industrial barons and pretty women.
Tho Plot „
At the same time, unknown to his
British guests, the Kaiser would con
tinue his mischief-making activities
through a thousand and one channels;
royal scamps like Tino. over-rated pop
pinjays like Buelow. pleaders for organ
ized dishonesty like Bethmann-Hollweg,
and through diplomatic devilry of the
John Bernstorft sort; through his paid
and voluntary press agents in all parts
of the world besides. And he would be
at it until the time was ripe for his
war provoking ultimata to Belgrade,
Petrograd and Paris. Then, after
creating "a military necessity that
knows no law," his English guests
would become his prisoners, "prisoners
of war," and Wilhelm could snap his
fingers at Downing Street. For Eng
land's "contemptible little army" would
then .be headless, its organizing and
fighting spirits would be in bis, the
Kaiser's, hands.
Such was the plot.
If tho English Lords Became
Suspicious
But I.ord Kitchener was not the man
to submit to treatment of that sort.
While as to telegrams sent by him, or
addressed to him, he might be deceived
for a little while, yet eventually he
would become suspicious about the de
lay of bis mail and would insist upon
phoning to his Berlin Embassy. Be
sides, he would object to being cooped
up in the Castle and would venture out
on his own account.
Undoubtedly he would, but what!
chance would he have had, surrounded
and spied upon by Germans? For the !
Kaiser would see to it that no English ,
speaking servant was at the Castle or I
. in the neighborhood, and the hosts, other !
| guests and the entourage, while pre- j
t tending to bo most eager to accede to
I the English Lords' slightest wishes,
would do nothing to assist them. Far
from it, they would help to thwart
Kitchener's and Lord Roberts' every ef
fort to get an Inkling of the true situ
ation.
Kaiser Would Have •'Pinked" His
Guests
And if the English with accustomed
energy, nevertheless ventured to break i
through the charmed circle, why there
was the last and not unconventional re- '
sort of "pinking" them! Accidents hap- '
pen at the best regulated "shoots" whilo
an Imperial chase brought into action, [
besides the numerous guests, scores of
professional huntsmen and foresters, |
gendarmes, detectives and soldiers. !
Nothing easier then, but to arrange for j
a stray shot at persons so conspicuous
• as Kitchener or Roberts. The very mul- ,
titude of possible delinquents would |
forestall discovery, for there are always !
poachers among the small army of beat
ers. Hence obvious explainations and ex-
CUSCB ! And, if it seemed undesirable
to employ a hired assassin or uniformed
underling, why, some courtier or army
officer would "oblige." For a silver star
or cross set with seed pearl, this sort
of gentry would do worse than wound
a man to order.
Of course the shot must not kill—
that would cause too much uproar. It
was intended only to wound the victim
so as to lay him up for some time.
Tho Ambassadress's Precautions
The Kaiser's ambassadress bad no
sooner taken possession of her flat,
than she rang up a certain Haymarket
stenographer's office, and ordered a
"typist-woman for four o'clock sharp,
not a minute later."
We will let the "typist-woman" tell
her own story.
Tho Secretary Tolls Her Story
"I was there at tho stroke of the
clock. A German footman stood facing
tho elevator, and beckoned mo to follow
him. He pointed to a chair near the i
window In what looked like a boudoir- |
library, and there I sat fully twenty- i
eight minutes before the elevator gave i
another sign of life. Then there was a j
commotion and I heard a high pitched ;
voice call out something which sounded !
like: 'Has the typist-woman come?' |
"When Her German Highness was at J
last comfortable in a high-backed chair, j
a cushion under her. another at her
back and two more at her elbows and ;
a small eiderdown laprobe over her I
knees and slippered feet, she turned
upon my unworthy self, and queried in
English. 'The typist-woman?'
'"As you see,' I replied.
" 'Well, I have some Important let
ters and very little timo before dinner."
Letters to Lord Roberts and I/ord
Kitchener
"'My dear Lord Roberts,' the>Prin-j
cess began her dictation. She leaned !
back and thought long and earnestly.
There were several beginnings, crossed !
out as soon as put on paper. But when j
the opening lines were once settled, her
Highness proceeded quickly, nnd when
I read the finished letter over to her
she was quite satisfied. I wondered 1
much at so much weighing of words nnd
phrases. Surely a grande dame ought j
to have had no difficulty In penning a j
simple invitation to the chase, for that |
was the long and short our labors. 1
She wanted Lord Roberts to be a guest
at her Castle, Pless, and asked him to
tlx a date for his early visit. She would
be pleased to have him in the next few
weeks. There would be good shooting
for his Lordship, and she took it upon
herself to promise that 'Majesty' would
be of the party. 'What a happy coinci
dence,' she fluttered, 'quite informal of
course, such a meeting of the youngeßt
and oldest War-Lord! To her personal
knowledge there was no more sincere
admirer of Roberts than the 'All-
Highest.' How they would revel in recol- j
lections of the 'Afghanistan and In- I
dlan campaigns, etc.' and more of that .
sort.
"The Princess stopped suddenly to
ask: 'How much will that make?'"
" 'About a page In type.' "
" 'Gracious me, Lord Roberts will not
read a typewritten letter, I am sure. It
must come sort of spontaneously from
me. Let me see what kind of a hand
you write.'
"I passed over a scribbled specimen,
but her Highness said It wouldn't do at
all, as it did not resemble her own
writing in the least.
" 'Maybe there is a girl at our office
who can imitate your writing,' I ven
tured. The Princess called to her maid,
who fetched pencil and writing pad and
a newspaper from which to copy. As
hers is the average English high school
girl's hand I said there would be no dif
ficulty finding someone to write the let
ters in the same style.
" 'Very well, then. I.et's go on with
our work,' said the Highness, and dic
tated a letter to Lord Kitchener similar
to the one addressed to Lord Roberts.
The Kitchener letter was even more
pressing, more full of assurances of how
much the All-Highest would appreciate
the chance-meeting and opportunity for
exchanging 'views and dissipating preju
dices. All her own doings of course,—
"Majesty" knew nothing at all about it.
But William was so good and dear a
friend of hers, he would come when
ever she wanted him, and the presence
of Lord Kitchener at the house was the
greatest attraction that could possibly
happen.
"As in the case of Lord Roberts, there
was passing allusion to the disappoint
ment felt at Potsdam that his Lordship
had found it inconvenient to accept the
All-Highest invitation a month previous,
but Majesty was not offended, certainly
not, only the more eager to meet the
Hero of Khartum.
"The maid fetched an assortment of
fancy letterheads, with Initials sur
mounted by a crown, and her Highness
selected some that had a touch of inti
macy about them: a pet name set In a
scroll.
" 'These will do for their Lordships,'
she said. 'And mind I must have the
letters at seven to catch the early
country mail.'"
Baron Von Kuhlmnnn Steps In
The "typist-woman" continued:
"When I returned In the evening, I was
conducted right up to her Highness in
the library. It was quite a small room.
When her Highness beckoned to a gen
tleman sitting in the window niche to
come and look at the letters, the place
seemed quite full.
"The man's face, suddenly popping
up under the electric hanging globe,
gave me a start.
"Surely, I had seen the face before,
hut I could not place it for the moment.
though the title of Baron, twice re
peated, sounded familiar enough. His
Lordship was in elaborate evening
dress—too elaborate for an Englishman
and, moreover, both lie and the Princess
spoke in German. Therefore I did not
understand what they were saying, ex
cept that they referred to the letters.
Also there was a large amount of 'Kai
sers' mixed in their lingo. The Baron
nodded approvingly while he read the
letter to Lord Roberts. Then he ad
dressed me. directly in English: 'Of
course, you can get me a typewritten
copy from your notes, can't you?'
Noticing that tho Princess nodded as
sent, I did likewise. 'Send it to 9 Carl
ton House Terrace, marking a "K" in
the corner of the envelope,' said the
stranger, handing me half a crown.
"Unconsciously, no doubt, he con
tinued to speak English when he turned
to the Princess, saying: "I'll send the
copy to Majesty—a little masterpiece
this. I always maintained when a
smart woman, like your Highness, turns
to diplomacy, she beats us poor profes
sionals hollow.'
"Now I recognized him: Baron Kuhl
mann of the German Embassy, the most
consummate liar of the diplomatic corps.
A newspaper girl friend had once
pointed him out to me: 'Always good
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"Daisy next handed the Baron the let
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looked bewildered and, as he read on.
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remonstrated, 'to post both letters at
the same time would never do." Fol
lowed a string of German.
(Continued To-morrow) \