The applet runs in the browser (if it runs at all) so you can't hope for it to write to logs on the server. And you are quite wrong that System.out.println from the applet goes nowhere. It goes to the Java console on the machine where the browser is running.
However in your case it looks like the browser isn't loading the applet, so logging isn't likely to help. It sounds more like the browser is unable to load the applet for some reason. Might be because it can't download it, or because it's corrupted on your server, or perhaps for some other reason. I'd suggest checking all of those possibilities.
Grin ... Even though your explanation made me feel dumb, it solved my problem
... or more correctly: it let me solve the problem with my coding problem.
Why I didn't know that I already knew that ... I guess I'll never figure out.
[Note to self: Duh!
... of coure Applets run on the browser not the server
... that's why God gave us Applets in the first place!]
In the morning I'm headed to the court to change my name.
PS: Its kind or incredible, but even though a few hours of web searching found serveal discussions of "logging" from an Applet ... one of them pointed out the obvious ... as you did. thanks again.