DROWN PRINCE'S DINNER
AN INTERCEPTED FEAST. A despatch sent by Mr C. F. lieitolli to the New York ‘American’ gives details, hitherto unpublished, of a great feast which was prepared for the German Crown Prince at Sezanne, and which was abruptly stopped by an explosive shell. According to Mr Bertelli, the German plan was to take possession of Sezanne, an important railway junction, and the key to the Seine Valley. All wins going so well on September 6 that everybody was in fine fettle, and it was decided, on the occupation of Sezanne, to givo an elaborate dinner to the Crown Prince and his generals in the Chateau do Mondemont, owned by President Jacobs, of the iStock Brokers’ Association in Paris. It was the Kaiser’s dearest wish to have the Crown Prince make a triumphal entry into Paris, thus preparing a glorious record for bis son's future reign. In anticipation of this triumphal entry, now considered assured, a wonderful dinner (says Mr Bertelli) was prepared in the white-panelled dining room of the beautiful seventeenth century structure. The dinner and the carouse which followed lasted far into the night. Kevelry was at its climax, when a shell burst in the pantry of the chateau. The Crown Prince and his generals were soon in the saddle, and took up a position in a small wood to resist a fierce attack made by the Allies, who were finally successful, after one of the fiercest engagements in the entire campaign, in the course of which thousands of both sides were killed. This surprise assault took place in the early hours of the very day on which the Kaiser’s eon had planned to make his spectacular entry into Paris, and was the prelude to other reverses, in which entire German battalions were wiped out. The beautiful lawns of Mondemont were ploughed by shell fire, the ancient trees mown down, the iron gates broken, and the chateau left a heap of ruins. In the castle park alone there were 3,000 dead and buried. The chateau’s aged keeper, who stuck to his post during the entire conflict, told Mr Bertelli that 3,000 bottles of champagne were brought up for the groat dinner, and it was in the midst of this orgy of champagne that a per-fectly-aimed shell of the famous French “75" came through the outer wall, bursting finally in tho pantry adjoining the banqueting room. Other shells followed, untdlthe place became a regular inferno.
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DROWN PRINCE'S DINNER, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914