GERMANY: La France Uber Alles

Because they are two of the mummest, most standoffish men in Germany, there was excitement last week when a warm handclasp and a brief joint statement momentarily linked those titanic shipping rivals, diminutive, roly-poly General Director Carl Stimming of North German Lloyd and tall, immaculate General Director Dr. Wilhelm Cuno of Hamburg-American.

Dr. Cuno had just landed at Bremen with Herr Stimming from the crack ship of the latter's line, the Bremen, fastest in the world. On the dock the two men exchanged elaborate, guttural compliments, for Herr Stimming frequently crosses in Dr....

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