Julius Hermann Moritz Busch (1821-1899) was een Duitse schrijver, vooral bekend van zijn geschriften over Bismarck, zoals Bismarck; some secret pages of his history.
Friday, October l9th.
[...] While taking our coffee after the Koslin gentlemen
had left, the Chief [Bismarck] gave a somewhat different version to
that which he related at Ferrières of the cigar incident
at Frankfurt. He said : " It was in the Military Commission. At first only Buol smoked. Then one day I
pulled a cigar out of my case, and asked him to give me
a light. With a look of surprise at my audacity he gave
it to me, to the profound astonishment of the other
Powers. The incident was reported to the various
Courts and also to Berlin. Then followed an inquiry
from the late King, who did not smoke himself, and
probably did not appreciate the thing. Thereupon the
two Great Powers alone smoked for perhaps six months.
Then suddenly Bavaria also appeared with a cigar, and
after a time Saxony followed suit. Finally, Wurtemberg
also felt it necessary not to remain behind, but this was
obviously compulsory sacrifice to dignity, for he puffed
his yellow weed with an air of surly determination, and
afterwards laid it down half smoked. It was only
Hesse-Darmstadt that abstained altogether, probably not
feeling equal to such competition."
At tea, which was served in the Princess's room, the
Prince [Bismarck] suddenly stood up, went to his wife's writing-
table, and began to scribble away on a large sbeet of
paper. He then came to me, handed me the writing,
and said, "There, but take care, it is still wet." It was
the letter of introduction to Schönhausen and Friedrichsruh which I had asked for on the previous afternoon, as I wished to start next morning. I was very
pleased, and thanked him. "I find it very difficult to
write with a pen," he said; "but then you wished to
have it in my own hand." "All the more honour for
me, your Serene Highness," I replied. "Now I have the
souvenir I desire." "But why do you wish to leave so
soon ?" he said. "Stay a little longer. You are not at
all in the way, and you should see a little more of
Varzin." I thanked him and said I should be delighted
to remain a day or two longer, as I was only too happy
to be near him. He said : " But you must allow me
sometimes to go out walking or riding alone."