Foreign News: 'Christmas Chancellor

No General had been German Chancellor up to last week since the days of gruff ungracious General Count Georg Leo von Caprivi who succeeded Prince Bismarck in 1890 and is remembered by the Fatherland because he won her so much African territory, notably the crooked strip called "Caprivi's Finger." Last week the Chancellorship fell like a ripe pippin into the calmly outstretched hand of swank, sardonic, intriguing Defense Minister Kurt von Schleicher who is a full general at the age of 50.

Von Schleicher, the Machiavelli of modern German politics, had maneuvered party...

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