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3649 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR.

An American journalist who was in

Germany at the time says that the early

German successes before Verdun had

aroused great hopes. When Fort Douaumont was captured, food troubles were

forgotten. "The bells rang, the flags

were unfurled, faces brightened, crowds

gathered before the maps and discussed

the early fall of Verdun and the collapse

of France." But the magnificent French

stand and the checking of the German

advance produced depression in the fatherland. Hopes leaped high again over the

Jutland Battle, which the first German

reports represented as being the greatest

naval victory in history. Says the correspondent:

"On the third day of the celebration,

Saturday, June 3, I rode in a tram from

Wilmersdorf, a suburb of Berlin, to the

heart of the city through miles of streets

flaring with a solid mass of color. From

nearly every window and balcony hung

pennants and flags; on every trolley pole

fluttered a pennant of red, white, and black.

Even the ancient horse 'buses rattled

through the streets with the flags of Germany and her allies on each corner of the

roof. The newspapers screamed headlines

of triumph, nobody could settle down to

business, the faces one saw were wreathed

in smiles, complaining was forgotten, the

assurance of final victory was in the very

air. Unter den Linden, the decorations on

which were so thick that in many cases

they screened the buildings from which

they hung, was particularly happy. Knots

of excited men stood discussing the defeat

of the British Fleet. Two American friends

and I went from the street of happy and

confident talk into the Zollernhof restaurant. With the din of the celebration

over the lifting of the blockade' ringing

in our ears from the street, we looked

on the bill of fare, and there, for the first

time, we saw boiled crow."