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KAISERS BUSY PEN.
Keeps- l r j) Large Correspondence
with Friends Despite Duties.
The outcry created by "The Times" over the
Kaiser's letter to Lord Tweedmouth has
brought a smile to the faces of those acquainted
■with the Emperor's habits as a letter writer.
"William II probably writes more letters than
any other living monarch. From the early
morning, when he goes over his mail and the
state dispatches, making copious marginal notes
In penc;!. until he retires i<>r the night he is con
stantly j at ing down his thoughts, writing or
dictating letters, or annotating new books. lie
frequently is seen at receptions or military re
views making a note on his shirt tuff. He ab
hors fountain pens ;md swears by the old-fash
ioned quill of our grandfathers.
Th> Kaiser's handwriting is large, bold and
flourishing, and, in accordance with his habit
of dashing down his thoughts as they come into
his head, often extremely illegible. The famous
letter to Lord Tweedmouth, which was the
topic of the world's conversation for three days,
was probably scribbled off at a sitting, blotted
and sent off through the post, and nobody a bit
the wiser. A well known Berlin artist, with
Whom the Emperor was for years in active cor
A sculptured marble group by E. Legrain.
NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, SUNDAY. MAY 17. 1908-
respondence, gives an Interesting account of
him as a correspondent lie says:
"It is really astonishing how the Emperor,
despite the amount of work he has to get
through, iinds so much time to carry on his ex
tensive private correspondence It Is very rare
that he ever breaks off a letter he has once be-
Kun, nor is he content, like the Emperor Fran
cis Joseph, for instance, to have his letters writ
ten by a private secretary according to his In
structions, but writes personally every line that
haa not an official character.
"I have seen letters of the Emperor on topics
of history or art. twelve to eighteen pages long.
It is well known that the monarch, to save
time, always makes his notes In shortened
form, leaving out the vowels, thus: 'lligJr Adlr*
for 'fliegender Adler,' etc. In letters, however,
he always tries to abandon this practice, chiefly
because he wishes to be quite clear, but some
times in his haste he abbreviates all the same.
The Emperor even addresses his letters himself
nearly always, and absolutely in full; the ad
dressee never wants a title.
"One might say that, apart from family cor
respondence and short notes to the generals of
his suite, the majority of the Kaiser's letters
are addressed to professors and architects,
artists, sculptors, or musicians. This Is not sur
prising In view of the predominant interest his
majesty takes In all aesthetic questions. In
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t"n^TleT^rs th • Kaiser is wont to OfM in
hortpr^nant words his vK. W; on, ; n ; -,^
of present day interest. As often a not his
views, especially in architectural *»"»« a [«
illustrated with marginal sketches of a highly
technical character, revealing at every print the
writer's intimate knowledge of the subject.
'•Apart from letters, the Emperor frequently
sends some artist friend of his a boo- which
he has marked with marginal notes, and this
Is especially the case with works on naval
topics His versatility is simply marvellous. I
have seen sketches done by the Emperor, the
sheet simply covered in ail directions with ships
parts, designs for the mechanism of automo
biles, and plans for the interiors and exteriors
(facades, etc.) of buildings.
-To speak of the letter to Lord Tweelmouth.
I should like to say that I have never «*> md any
political reference in any of the Kaiser's corre
spondence, for be is accustomed to say what he
has on his mind politically in hi:- speeches. If
ever the Emperor's letters are collected and pub
lished they will give a far better picture of him
than any personal characterization could do. for
his thirst for knowledge revealed therein is only
equalled by the number of fruitful suggestions
he himself makes. Many a monumental work in
Germany owes its construction to him In reality,
although honor and fame were accorded to the
artist who carried out the idea."
When the Kaiser is travelling he uses the tele
graph a great deal, often sending the Empress
long accounts of his adventures in that way.
Such private letters naturally never go through
the post, but are given to the Foreign Office
THE LITTLE CZAROWITCH'S PROGRESS FROM BABYHOOD TO BO
Th© Czarowitch Alexis, heir to the vexed inh-ritance of all the Russias. is |
handsome little boy. He has now eft babyhood behind him, and has beqji
boy's interest in the most fascinating of toys — model railways. Last C'nrvstr*3s I
him a beautiful model of a Russian express tram, with a station which is ai
the imperial terminus at Tsarskoe-Selo.
courier In Germany (a lieutenant of the Chas
seurs of the Guard), to be conveyed to the capi
tal with the dlplomatlo correspondence
The Emperor !a very fond of picture postcards,
and when he was staying at lllirhcllfTe last year
there were numerous recipients of such marks
of Imperial consideration among Berlin society.
In his study Prince Bulow has a number of pict
ure postcards which his Imperial master sent
him from Italy, upon which the rinrpror has
scribbled In pencil such characteristic remarks
as "Glorious view,"* "Splendid weather," etc.
The Kaiser' a notepaper, which is whlt«t Is sur
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"With Eddie Foy." said a t.-:^<i:aa, T safe
the other Sunday, an excursion into the coantri
The country, fresh and green, was beanfiM :
the April sunshine. An old man ar.J his dau;:.
tor. a girl of eighteen, had a little booth w- - : '
you threw baseballs at dolls, getting a dear ! ■
every hit. Foy throws phenomenally well. 3 ■
he had soon won thirty clgara. These fee 9
sented. with a courtly bow. to the yoortg : :
'Thanks/ said she. smiling prettily, -they'll il''i I ''
father.' Last Sunday Fby and I Mdi th«? s«=
excursion again. Th« booth stcnid in the *C 3
spot, but now the girl was running it •*■ *>
said Foy, 'they've done for father." "