"I would ask you a favour," said the German captain, as we sat in the cabinof a U-boat which had just been added to the long line of bedraggled captiveswhich stretched themselves for a mile or more in Harwich Harbour, inNovember, 1918.
I thought still I was to be fooled, so I called upon my old schoolfellow, who used to say, "Snatch at her cunt, and show her your cucumber." He had been one at the frigging match, and had just been appointed assistant-surgeon at a hospital; he was a bachelor and baudy-minded as ever. "M...," said I, "have you ever seen a…
I made no reply; I had just granted him a favour byallowing him to leave the upper deck of the submarine, in order that he mightawait the motor launch in some sort of privacy; why should he ask formore?
Undeterred by my silence, he continued: "I have a greatfriend, Lieutenant-zu-See Von Schenk, who brought U.122 over last week; hehas lost a diary, quite private, he left it in error; can he have it?"
Ideliberated, felt a certain pity, then remembered the _Belgian Prince_ andother things, and so, looking the German in the face, I said:
"I cando nothing."
I shook my head, then, to my astonishment,the German placed his head in his hands and wept, his massive frame (for he wasa very big man) shook in irregular spasms; it was a most extraordinaryspectacle...
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