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THE PINCH OF WAR, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
THE PINCH OF WAR
i HIGH PRICKS IN BHRLJX. j An American who has just reached London fr-'tii Beilin supplier the London correspond'-nt of the New Voi k 'Times' with the following ai count ot conditions fhcto:I found Berlin looking very much ex cited. The American Embaisy and Const iate seem to have thoir hawks pretty lull kokiug after English people as well as j Americans. I stayed at tho Kaiserhot. oppoeilo the Embassy, and could see any | number of people- pas.-iug ir. and out. I Judging from v.-hat I saw. T should think j there weie ji!en:y of Americans still led ; in Germany. 1 had many t-onvei satious I with. Americans;, but generally discovered! after a. few minutes' conversation that they | v ere redly German Amei bans, who were] either travelling or visiting relations in tile j Fatherland. 1 was treated courteously by S eveiyboriy <-■:•:'; uu 'he police in Bremen,] wbo'retused t<> give me a police permit to j leave, and who cross.questioned me in a i u-riuor very much like our "third do-; ej-ee." 1 had the pieasm c of seeing our , Ambassador. Mr Gerard, one afternoon.: Ho was looking well. Imt rather tired. I In Hamburg I f-ncd it la iter lo ,-peak' German. I was ; old 1 hat i h"".'were .-! ih he? i of Americans in Hamburg who proposed; Maying there rniil the ,iar is over, and; they seemed to entertain u" douie ;is toi the' vt'-tory resting with Germany. I found ; litis feeling the same iu I'erhn. Social life in Berlin appears to hj. at. a , MamlMill. Dinne; parties :..re feu and i.-p- ' between. Rcsfaui am life i- about th. ; spent for exp.ie-ive wines and other luxu j miss very mm hj :b" rich -Vtivririin ami; Ki'gh'sh visitors, and voi- will be l-.'h very j much more as the winter goo- on. j fi tends in Berlin, and they told me that; the German authorities bad been most j polite, but I hi' feeling was strong thai j there was a Midden coldness or change hi f tho attitude of the Germans towards '.hem ] in the hist month: they evidently see all; llevAmeri'-an naper-. I don't believe there-; is one Ame-ican slaying in the Hole'; Adh.n. which wa-s one of the most favored j l.oMelries for l.'uited Slates visitois in Berlin. Gasoline is very -carco in Berlin, '.'.here thev are using a'h.t of benzine. The soivices of eh-iio'-eios are at a piemium. Food prices are rising all the time. The it'sloni in piaciiq; basket.-, of bread mi ;isUniranl tables has been slopped. Eggs j are wry dear--tlno-.: or four marks (76 ■ ecnts m : a dollar) a do/.eu for the be-!. , and thinking < 'omparau'vely little oi frivol-| ity. Knitting tor the soldiers is liu-ir principal occupation, and you see knitting eveiywhere. One sec.-, a lot of nulii'ii belonging to the v,ny highest circles wearing mom-mug. although the Emperor has personally requested ihom not to do so. I 1,.-,ve "seen one o,- two "Ol.ien on .-Uvo t ai- s | as conductor.... bin 1 think the Sale of j women being \o>; guaids. railway j j.orier.-. and positions of ibis kind is j gtossly exaggerated. 1 did nol see one! woman employed in any of these cipaci- I lies in either Hamburg or Bremen. | General Von Mindenburg and Commau-I <h-r Weddigen. of the U9, are still national j heroes, ami their phologtaphs are in every j window. Huge casualty lists are pub- > lished. but I am afraid even greater ones I are concealed. 'The enemy are. always underrated, especially' in officers' circles. 'The female m puktion of Berlin are in a highly nervous stole at even the mention of tlie Russians, and the tales ihal are told of tho Cossacks fill thorn with fear. All tho Guard regiments have been terribly cut up. and the loss of officers is fro rnendoiis. There is hardly a nohla fumoy of Borh'n that, has not suffered tho loss of I cithor father or brother. Only noblemen | are officers in the. Guards, the elite of tho j Prussian regiments. Very young men. just. | leaving school and with only a few weeks' training, are receiving commissions. Tho American colony in Berlin .»s notlarge, g\mericans as a rule preferring Dres- ] den and Munich for educating their children.
THE PINCH OF WAR, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
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