A STRANGE REVELATION.
It the course of the action brought by Mr Frederick Greenwood, late editor of the ‘St. James’s Gazette,’ against Mr Gibbs, the former proprietor of the paper, for wrongful dismissal, which remains unsettled in consequence of the jury failing to agree, some extraordinary letters were brought to light. These letters were from Mr Steinkoff, the present proprietor of the ‘St. James’s Gazette,’ to Mr Greenwood, who remained under the new proprietor, until he became convinced that the latter was trying to turn the paper into an organ of Prince Bismarck and the German Emperor. The letters were referred to in Court, but were not read, only a few extracts being given, ‘The Times,’ however, the next morning published the full extent of the letters, which have caused no small sensation, and ba-ve involved -tte proprietors of *• The Times ’ in a libel suit at the hands of Sir Morell Mackenzie, who is greatly incensed at the statements made respecting his treatment of the Emperor Frederick. It must be noted that the Roffenberg alluded to is one of Prince Bismarck’s secretaries, and that the letters 8., C., and R, stand for Bismarck, Churchill, and Roffenberg respectively. The letters are both dated May 14, 1888, from the Kaiserhof, Berlin. The first one says: “I saw Roffenberg more than once yesterday, and there has been a good deal of conversation, which is all of a very satisfactory kind. To day I intend to ask him for actual help. In future, perhaps, it may be necessary to have someone here who receives news to transmit; but whichever way the news will have to go, I believe we shall certainly obtain them. I feel that there is a desire to operate as much as possible against Boulanger. Probably you will hear more on this subject soon. Salisbury seems to be in good odor. He was not well last year, he said, but he ia much better now. Randolph C. was here. He was very anxious to be received at Friederichsruhe, but did not succeed, and Prince B. actually delayed his return to Berlin to avoid any appearance of having gone to see him. The Emperor is not expected to live much longer, and when ha dies a storm will break ont against Mackenzie, not on account of the final collapse, but because of the many mistakes which he is said to have made. The Queen is praised as having shown mnoh more sense than the Empress. The Crown Prince reads youspaper every day, and marks passages in th» leaders, Your letter of 10th came to hand to-day. Many thanks. I shall read it to R.”
The second letter, dated afternoon, runs as follows : —“I have shown your letter to R., who has expressed his and her entire satisfaction, and their readiness to work with us in a thorough manner, I have told him of your desire that the embassies at Paris, Rome, and St. Petersburg should be instructed to wire or write information, but he says it is impossible. Were this to be done it would be known all over the world at once, for he says wo know almost every telegram which the foreign Government* send out; and, secondly, our people in various places could not be depended upon. Nine times out of ten they would forget instructions. It may be necessary to have correspondents at each place, which would mean a couple of thousand pounds additional expense. On Wednesday lam to. meet Herbert B. lam told again, and from a totally different quarter, that Mackenzie will have to run the moment the Emperor dies. There is so much material being collected against him that ho will find it difficult to stand. He is charged with conspiracy in so far that he, knowing that the Emperor suffered from cancer, denied it, in order that the Emperor might not be excluded from the succession, which certainly would have been done, in accordance with the views of the Hohenzollerns, had Mackeusie admitted the existence of cancer. Ha so conspired in order to provide funds for various present and prospective purposes. It. is said that the Empress so entirely controls, and even occasionally snubs, the Emperor, that the officials withdrew more than once not to be present at the humiliating scenes. The Crown Prince is said to be admired much. He is looked upon as the man. T believe everything is going on as well as possible, but it takes time to put it right. The idea concerning Boulanger is that the English paper should say that Germany, and only Germany, benefits by what Boulanger does at present, and has done for some time, namely, fomenting dissatisfaction and disobedience in the army ; but he told r,e that they waited farther news before proposing any observations on the subject.”
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A STRANGE REVELATION., Evening Star, Issue 7957, 12 July 1889, Supplement
A STRANGE REVELATION. Evening Star, Issue 7957, 12 July 1889, Supplement
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