A German officer interned with some other prisoners of war in South Ireland, has given to the English officer in charge <:f the prisoners soino information which throws an interesting light on the German viow of the results of their elaborate) system of espionage. He declares that it was fully believed at German headquarters that as soon as the British mobilisation was ordered the transport workers would strike. This information was conveyed U> the German headquarters staff three weeks before the outbreak of the war, and was fully relied upon. According to the German officer, the informati>n came from a spy who was supposed to be closely in touch with working class <>r-r--:«ntion in England. This spy was in Berlin when war was declared, and .later wiu'ii his information proved to be false, he was arrested. A similar fate has also overtaken several other spies who had evidently been manufacturing information for which they were very highly paid. Some of theso men, according to the German officer, have been shot. Most definite and apparently accurate* information kept, reaching German military headquarters up to the outbreak of the war, concerning the recruiting possi'bilties in Britain in the event of war. All this information, gleaned from every part of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, confirmed the German military authorities in the belief that 400.GC0 would be the limit of Britain'* recruiting po ver. It. was believed that when no more voluntary recruits'could be obtained in Britain, conscription would have to be resorted to, and this would lead to political divisions and break up all chance of present unity. Such, according to the German officer, was the. information which the Kaiser and his military organisers received and believed. A General Election, fou.ght on the question of conscription, was to be one of the events which would lead to Britain's downfall somewhere about October or November. .\o\v. apparently, great distrust of all information received trom spies who have been working in England prevails at German military and naval headquarters, and plans based r-n such information are continually revised tr altogether altered. Perhaps tho biggest and most unploa sant surprise that awaited the Kaiser and his advisers at the outbreak of the war was the immediate arrest in England of certain spies, which disclosed the'hithcrto unsuspected fact to their masters that the business on which these men had been engaged in England was fully known to the British Government. If there was. one thin? that the Germans believed more than another, it was that their spies, for the most pari, were entirely unsuspected.
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KAISER DISTRUSTFUL, Evening Star, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914