Marx in Neue Rheinische Zeitung May 1849

The Kreuz-Zeitung

Source: MECW Volume 9, p. 437;
Written: by Marx on May 15, 1849;
First published: in the New Rheinische Zeitung No. 299, May 16, 1849.

Cologne, May 15. The rascally Prussian newspaper does us the special favour of compiling an anthology of unpatriotic expressions published in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung about the “imperial-Russian subordinate knyaz in Olmütz” and the “Prussian bug-ridden knights”. The selection is limited to the dispatches from Breslau and is accompanied at the end by the following outburst of indignation of the covertly frivolous “crusader":

“Compared to this Chimborazo insolence, how flat is the announcement of the wedding of the Prussian King published in the French Moniteurin 1793: ‘Le jeune tyran de Prusse vient d'épouser une demoiselle de Meckknbourg'!

In order to complete as fully as possible the account of the “Chimborazo insolence” of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, we ask the rascally newspaper to be so good as to reprint the Premier-Cologne from No. 294 of our newspaper “The Deeds of the Hohenzollern Dynasty”. We hear that Frau von Hohenzollern is a zealous reader of the rascally sheet and we do not adopt so “exclusive” an attitude that we begrudge the respectable lady some historical studies on the family of her spouse for her amusement.