The Living Age Volume 315

The Living Age Volume 315

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...in the murder. ' I went into the bedroom and showed Ernst Werner the paper. He became as white as chalk-----said nothing for a moment, and then stammered, " Uncle, believe me, I am no murderer. I drove the automobile, but I did not know it was Rathenau's automobile we were chasing." I said to him: "None of that humbug--who is going to believe that? Tell me, instead, who put you up to this frightful idea?" 'He would not answer. I had him get up at once and took him to my office. I demanded that he name the people who had got him into the plot, for I did not believe he was capable of such a thing on his own initiative. My nephew kept saying, "Uncle, I cannot tell you; I am pledged _not to; but I assure you again, I did not know it was Rathenau's automobile. The whole scheme was crazy. Our automobile was not in good order. We had not even removed our license-number. I had got the auto in Dresden, supposing we were to use it to liberate some prisoners." 'I did not believe him yet; I searched his pockets. I found only his photograph, his membership card in the National Union, and eight or nine hundred marks. When I asked him whether his accomplices had not given him money or a passport, he said, "No, they let me go the thing alone." 'That convinced me that my nephew knew Rathenau was to be murdered, but that he had been tricked into the thing like a lamb led to the slaughter. He had neither money nor a passport, and was so utterly guileless as to come to me on my estate, although he must have known that the criminal police--who already had his name--would at once hunt for him there, since I was his nearest relative. 'I promptly locked my nephew up. I did...show more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755464
  • 9781236755469