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Meyer, Wallace (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume XIII, Number 5 (February 1916)

Frazee, John
A trip through Germany,   pp. Seven-Nine

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delegates, was the first to be called.
After his name others were called in
slow succession. But tiring of this
method, the German officers allowed us
all to land, and examined our pass-
ports on entering the train. Although
the soldiers and officers were very cour-
teous in their treatment of us, yet they
would not allow any to get off the train,
when it was once boarded; and I no-
ticed that soldiers kept us inclosed in
a relatively small area while we were
waiting on the dock at Warnemunde.
In fact every time our train stopped
inside the German empire there were
soldiers stationed on both sides of our
special at a distance of approximately
one hundred feet apart.
  On the train were two officers; one,
Major Baur, who rode as far as Ham-
burg, the other, Lieutenant Hoffman,
who rode from Hamburg to Bentheim.
the last stop in Germany. They were
both iron cross men of the Death Head
Huzzars. The Germans are very mod-
est about the honors that have been
conferred upon them; neither would
say much concerning the way in which
lie had received his badge of honor.
   "The United States," said Major
 Baur, "was formerly great and free.
 Now she is only great". Meaning by
 this that our foreign trade is under the
 domination of England.
   Being interested in the attitude of
 the Germans toward the United States,
 I asked some of the privates in Ben-
 theim what they thought of our coun-
 trv. One of them said to me when I
 deplored the fact that the war was last-
 ing so long,
   "How can you expect us to bring the
 war to an end as long as you send food
 and ammunition to the British?"
   This was, however, an expression of
opinion rather of the common soldier
than of the officer. The officers, when I
spoke of this point, did not feel antag-
onistic toward the United States be-
cause of our shipment to the allies.
They admitted the legality of our ac-
tions in this regard.
  What I noticed in conversations
with the Germans was their enthusias-
tic patriotism for their country, their
belief that they are entirely in the
right while their opponents are entirely
in the wrong, and their confidence in
the ability of their government to ulti-
mately win in the struggle.
  But what will keep Germany from
being defeated in this war is also one
of the things that has made Norway,
Denmark, and Holland pro-ally. This
is the autocracy, the efficiency, and the
wonderful power of the German gov-
ernment. The people of these neutral
countries fear the government; they do
not hate the people. One cannot hate
them. They are courteous, respectful,
keen, and quick-witted. The ones we
met were very likeable.
  The German government in the Fa-
therland is supreme. Benevolent, how-
ever, rather than oppressive in its
power. The poor are taken care of,
while the rich are made to pay taxes
proportionate to their wealth. There
are none of the "gulash" class in Ger-
many so far as the government can pre-
vent. The "gulash" is the class which
has made money off the war-so-called,
lbecause many men in Denmark became
extremely wealthy at the outbreak of
the war, by sending gulash to the Ger-
mans. As soon as the government finds
anyone who is prospering from the sale
of war -materials, his wealth is ex-
   One of the most impressive things

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