Leads Hard .Life.
Forced to Deal With Alien Enemy
Women, Who Cause Him
By HAL O'FLAHERTY
(United Press Staff Correspondent)
London, Dec. 5.-(Special.)-There
s a police officer attached to the reg-
stration bureau of the Albany street
>olice station here today who has at-
ained a pinnacle in the field of diplo-
macy. His daily work is to deal with
nemy aliens, mostly German and Aus-
rian women, who have not been in-
erned for the duration of the war.
In many cases he must speak the
xerman language, which to the aver-
.ge Englishman is like asking him to
se blasphemy. Yet through the day
te maintains a pleasant demeanor;
nswers unnumerable Wperies and
miles in the face of sarcasm.
Must Secure Permits from Police.
The alien women who form the bulk
f those who make this police of-
icer's life a struggle between diplo-
nacy and patriotic emotion, are Aus-
rian and German by birth, but Eng-
ish by marriage; exempt from the
trict internment laws but still sub-
ect to police supervision. They are
egistered in the police station and
vhenever they desire to go to any
oint outside a five-mile radius of
,ondon, they must secure a police per-
Sometimes scores of enemy aliens
pply to the Albany street diplomatist
or permits to make week-end visits to
laces in the country. Recently an
ustran woman spent anhourNheck-
ng the officer regarding her intended
reek-end. Her eyes were sad but her
ongue was sharp. In a voice that
indicated impending tears, she made ;which the lady of enemy birth reviewed
her request: her past, her present, and future and
"I vish to wisit Rickmansvort," she clled upon the Almighty to witness
told the registration officer. "Must I her persecution. There were a score
always come here ven I vant to leave of aliens waiting while the woman
even for a few days?" cast anathemas at the cool policeman
"I'm sorry, madam," said the diplo- who maintained an unruffled com-
matist, "but you will also have to re- posure throughout.
port at the Rickmansworth police sta- "The regulations are admittingly
tion every 24 hours during your visit." strict but not nearly so bad as those
"It is a war measure," sighed the of your own country," he explained.
registrar for theahundredth time that "f it were possible for me to allow
day. "If you want to leave London, you to go freely about this country,
you'll have to comply with the regu- I would gladly do so. But I can't and
lations." you must comply with our laws."
"And my little dog, she is with my "That is so kind of you," was the
friends just outside of London. Must biting sarcasm the Austrian woman
I get a permit to see her?" flung back as she left with her per-
"Yes, I can give you a permit to see mits.
your dog," replied the officer, "but you N':Iarly All Naionalit es Represented.
must register at the police station She was followed before the regis-
there the time of your arrival and de- tration desk by every sort of an alien,
parture." Americans, lutch, French, Portuguese,
"Oh, how cruel," she sobbed, "how naturalized Germans, Serbians, the
brutal to make a lady always go by whole gamut of nations making their
police stations; my life is a continual requests to the imperptuable registrar
visit to jails and jail keepers." who met all copiers without a single
There followed the weeping scene in digression from diplomatic politeness.
Through two years of war, he has
been abused, jibed, and maligned daily
by aliens grown weary under rigid re-
strictions. He has reached the point
of super-diplomacy where nothing
short of a personal affront can feaze
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which will hold forth for a return en-
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Saturday evening, Dec. 9. "The Only
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greatest successes of its time and with
a record of an entire season in New
Yorkrwhere it played at the Lyric
Ten famouus short plays are in-
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to be seen here at the Whitney theater
on Dec. 15. . These include the "In-
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"Schnitzler," and "Helena's Husband,"
and "Eugenically Speaking," two mod-
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