GERMANY: In The Slough

Hoch soil er leben, Hock soil er leben, Hoch soil er leben. Dreimal Hoch!

So chanted the assembled guests and banged till the glasses rattled. It was the 80th birthday, last week, of Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, Wartime commander of Germany's Navy, until 1916. The little mountain inn at Feldafing, Bavaria, on the shores of the Wurm See was crowded with Prussian Generals and Bavarian Princes. Perspiring waiters, imported from Munich, rushed to and from the kitchen bearing caviar, Rhine salmon, venison−in all 50 mountainous courses of food for the distinguished guests.

Every few moments the guests sprang up, raised brimming...

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