This book is a sort of galloping summary of the last ten years of my existence. It has been my fortune to be a witness--and sometimes an actor--in that drama of secret diplomacy which has been going on for so long and which in such a large way has been responsible for this World War.
owed Victoria all her life the story of an early attachment to the Count Seckendorf, her husband's associate during the Seven Weeks' War of 1866 the reports, sometimes denied but generally believed, of her marriage to the Count not long before her death. True or not, these stories what does it matter?
But what to do with this letter to which I attached so much importance? Something impelled me not to speak of it to my family. But who else was there?
In my perplexity I did an utterly foolish thing. I put my whole confidence in a man's word. There was, serving at a nearby fortress, a Major-General von Dassel, who was in the habit of coming to our house quite regularly. To him I went, and under pledge of silence I told him my story. Of course, he broke the pledge and left immediately for Berlin. All doubts, if I had any, as to the importance of the document, vanished with him. And if I had any misgivings concerning my own importance they quickly vanished, too. Back from Berlin, with Major- General
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