Lady Harriet Jephson

Altheim, Germany

Altheim, Germany

I heard a small boy singing to-day:

“Wo liegt Paris, Paris liegt Hier, Den fingen drauf’ Das nehmen Wir.”

I pray it may not prove prophetic, but they all talk of occupying Paris as a certainty, and the German Emperor has invited a number of his Generals to dine with him there on the 12th of September. I hear that a doctor went into the Prince of Wales’ Hotel to-day, and saw stuck up in the hall the words: “Das Seegefecht in der Nordsee” (in which of course we were victorious). He tore it down and stamped on it. An altruistic German waiter thinking to please the English guests had put the first sheet of the “Frankfurter Zeitung” in a prominent position to console them for the many defeats we are supposed to have had. John Burns’ speech at the Albert Hall is reported in full in the German newspapers, headed “Eine Rede des ehemaligen Englischen Minister, John Burns. England gegen seine wahren interessen” (a speech of the former English minister, John Burns. England against her true interests). No passports yet! No release! This suspense is wearing!

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