Free translation by Lieutenant J. H. Klein, Jr., U. S. Navy
I. The First Prize
“All hands on the quarterdeck” was piped by the boatswain's mates throughout the ship. Soon the entire crew was assembled on the quarterdeck. And each man knew what was coming.
About 2 p. m., August 2, 1914, while cruising in the middle of the Yellow Sea, Commander von Muller appeared on the poop, holding in his hand a telegram such as we used for radio reports. Six hundred eyes eagerly watched the lips of the captain, as he began:
“A radio has been received from Tsingtao as follows: ‘His Majesty, the Kaiser, has, on August 1, ordered the mobilization of the entire army and navy. Following an invasion of German territory by Russian troops, the Empire now finds itself embroiled in war with Russia and France.’
“What had been expected for years has now actually occurred. Without making a formal declaration of war the enemy hordes have invaded Germany.