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The light cruiser Emden was often used as a training cruiser. In 1930, the Emden made a port call in New Orleans. The populist Governor of Lousiana, Huey Long, was in the city staying in his suite in the Roosevelt Hotel. The Captain of the Emden, in full dress uniform with sword, called on the Governor. The Captain was ushered into Long’s suite and paid his respects to the Governor, who was wearing silk pajamas. This caused a minor diplomatic furor known as the “Emden Incident”. Says Charles McCain, “I once worked in the old Roosevelt Hotel after I graduated from college. By then, she was a faded beauty queen.”

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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