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30 YEARS' REIGN
King-Emperor Sacrificed Ger
man Blood and Treasure for
BORN. SWOBD ,IN HAND
Survey of Yilhdm'fi Career
and Ambitions That Goat
Him His Throne.
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STnn MAN'AAD HIS TIME.
There parses from his throno under the
ban of the htrm'ari race a mun who has
carried the helmet' crown of CJerrnan
ksJierhood since 1888: In these thirty
yean he showed In marked degree every
ruse and every, quality that is hateful to
.mankind under the camouflage of a hunt
(or fame and a passldn for popularity.
As a Honentollern he was born to
vanity, personal display and the lust
for power, and whatever he did pf seem
ing good in speech or act, he nursed
tinder all the mad llohenzoUedii' dream
of peraonaWg-Kraridlzement to be sought
relentlessly when the, moment Came at
the cost of millions of German lives,
the carnage of German flesh, the blood,
the' wounds, tne ravished homes, tho
vast waited "treasure of Germany.
It Is outside the. possibilities that lie
wavered a" hair of lost a smile over
the" millions of 'lives, the tears, the plun
der, the 'destruction, ho brought about
In the. world outside Germany. That
woflhl'be too much to ask. Having
.duped, starved, decimated, impoverished,
dishonored his own people he now sur
veys" tho ruin pf tho bloody Hohen
Trained -for Varies Sacrifice.
Germany had been trained for the
useless sacrifice as a people to obey
and a nation to endure his costliest
trhlmi, and by supporting him and tho
aristocrats and militarists at their wild
est the Germans brought on themseh'es
the curse of the world. Truly If God
permitted a Kaiser to be. He could have
chosen no other vessel to make visi
ble the Inherent vlleness of the model.
In judging him and his place In his
tory this excess of types must bo re
membered Frederic the Elector, whom
Germans call the Great ; was just as
exceralve, just as strenuous in forcing
death and sacrifice' upon his people,
but times lfave changed. A new gos
pel denying the light of any one to In
flict disaster on the1 people has reached
the. Intelligent, and Germany pays for
hei. master butcher.
ih the heyday of Germany's peace
Wllhelrr: fashioned a kaiser that he
asked Germans and the world to ad
mire, but ever he worked at the Hohen
xollem dream war, war for slaughter,
af for conquest, war for a high place
the highest In history among the killers
of men. What will remain of it alt
can be put under an old wife's thimble.
That he came to the throne with a
cry to the army, nourished the military
ideal, apparently lapsed into good na
ture and fostered trade, patted the arts,
worshipped science1 and made himself
Into a pulpit thumping preacher must be
told of him, but the face of the hard
Jawed war lord, j the shrleker for un
questioning divinely demanded obedience
was never wholly absent and later the
thought behind it became an obsession.
Warrior Ilchlnd It All.
Behind all thoughts of a glorious,
peaceful, materially progressing Ger
many he always saw the Mailed War
rior riding forth, himself the Warrior,
the Leader, the KaUer, the Victor at any
cost. When Germany smiled at his dis
torted sermons it little dreamed of the
terrors and disasters that they vor
ttndcd. So he at last found his chance
to test It all. And from that hour In
1914 when he hurled his bolt he was
at need of heaping lies upon delusions
to keep Germany under his hand.
One Is not here rehearsing his bloody
campaigns. In one against Russia a
home revolt flung the Cxar from the
throne. The man for whom Ilusslan
blood had been shed was a prisoner tn
an hour, and the armies of Hussln melted
away before tho anarchistic madness
tjiat followed on the reaction against
autocracy. It was a warning against
all such rulers as the Ciar or the
Kaiser, ond eo remains. If Nicholas ex
hibited an easy neaknenff, the stupendous
power for 111 of a Cxar, Wllhelm II.,
under tho disguise of his theatric
dash, false glitter and occasional bon
homie, made clear tho persisting, reck
less cruelty and disregard of human
rights' and lives, German as well as
then, that underlie all pretensions to
power of a poisonous race like the Ho
henzollerns. Herein lies the broad les
son of his reign.
Never wag trenmendous sweep to con
quest more rudely stopped than Ger
many' first rush was at the Marne. Ah,
he would settle that. His eldest son, the
Crown Prince, who had for a year been
crying out for blood; waa -among the
flung back, but Wllhelm sent him to the
eastern front, where again the boy, tak
ing the command from wiser heads, led
the Germans to disaster. The High
General Staff shook Itself like a soused
mastiff, and actually warned the Kaiser
off the conduct of tho war. For appear
ances he Htlll commanded in name, but
his capacity for blunder was Inherent.
Von 'Hlndenburg's reversal of the Ilus
slan Invasion of East Prussia marked
out for Germany the true leader for the
war. Against this Wllhelm long strug
gled In vain. Was his "star'' bo dim?
Could It be done safely to him and his
throne? At any rate he was forced to
make tho change, and put tho victor
over Itennenkampf in the supreme sad
dle. Falsetto Addresses to Troops.
y Thenceforth began the hideous tragi
comedy of the following years of the
war with a really supernumerary mil
itary Kaiser, sickening under the strain
and the wrath of his humiliation and
trying to put a face of satisfaction on it.
What febrile hopping from front to
front; what falsetto addresnes to the
troops, what showering of Iron Crosses
followed. What applause he had for a
.victory anywhere! more crosses! A now
decoration went with a flourish to Von
Hlndenburg every month.
In the mwdust ring there Is mich a
figure one with nil the swngger of com
mand, the bustle of the superservlceable
running from point to point to help, to
direct Impotently amid roars of laughter.
In the circus he is called MonBleur AI
phonm; In Germany, at war, it had be
come the Kaiser. The Serbian overthrow
gave him grand occasion. The collapm
of Russia another: the advance on Italy
, smother, but the Much, 191S, offerflve
on the western front with its horrible
-slaughter of Germans by the hundred
thousand kept him after the first day,
when ho telegraphed blasphemy to the
Kaiserin, calling on Germans for sacrl
Octa d proclaiming his old lie that ho
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had not brought on tho war, and that
It wai all the fault lof tho Allies that
it was not ended.
Ageing, grizzling, worn, his olden mal
adies accentuated, he became a pttlablt
figure n one stamped on the face with
the wrath of God. Thj death of the old
Austrian Emperor, Frartcls Joseph, of
bitter heartbreak, was a shock to Wll
helm. which the ;iew young Emperor
Charles failed to mitigate. Soon, Indeed,
he came to be an added plague to I'ots
dam. Uncannj the wholo picture of the
Kaiser in theee days of fate.
Kins; "by Grace of God."
Hohenzollern he was nt the start in
bone and fibre, high strung, haughty,
domineering: king and soldier "by the
grace of God." With his reigning years
came the breadth and depth of Gor
man culture, the honiellne of German
social life infiltrating his harder na
ture with their appeal to progress
and an Innate geniality. It is
In this penetration of what lay out
side the palace, the chancellery and the
drill ground ; h!o quick grasp of It In
Ito extent and variety, that the really
Interesting phase of his character re
sides. In his recessions from it, his
return to tho Hohenzollern autocracy to
which hewus born, tho dramatic, yea, the
tragic Import of his career will be
found. In studying those lines of primal,
mediaeval types, of 'imposed modern
civilisation ond their reaction upon each
other aa seen In his acts, his life, pne
must remember that the battle they
fought within him hive ranged over a
life campaign of nearly sixty years, time
for many changes and reversals.
That a mysticism, an nggresslvo re
ligiosity rather than a simple religion
grew upon him in the last twenty, years
of lit? rnuet also be considered In
accounting for the sum total of his per
sonality. Prince, King, Emperor he felt ' .. ,,'k...,
Ilelgned tn Peace for 2(1 Years.
With tho inherited and acquired
traits of his character thero had always
been a conscious or unconscious flam
boyancy growing out of hlB hablta of ex
altation, but which tendod nt length to
become pure theatricality. Frpm few
monarchical outfits, any more than from
few republican executives, can this the
atricality be wholly absent. In William,
however. It grew apace. Just as the
wpnwDjjvhjO paints her face. Is apt to
overdo it, turning -a dash of color at
length Into a mass of pigment, so Will
iam In this spectpcular spending of him
self lost' focus. And but for the under
lying intensity would have mado at last
a continuous exhibition r.ot to be asso
ciated with a serious monarchy.
It this first examining glance at the
man and ruler there la one surprise
that with all the predilection for war
and conquest that he brought to the
throne, with all the military color he
himself at all times. In the long survey i ,nage" reln
one sees that hU highest conception of Jv" a . g"a "v.. f. ?iCen,UT,y
that klnirshlo was that of the sunrema I Dea5c- th from hls drllling and pa-
1 soldier raaing, as ne came to the throne no one
I , , . .1 could havo given him a decade of twace.
He was bor . one might say. sword Th great war machine was there ever
L"-.Mand 1 l,V0):h0id.,nild been one of r.ady to his hand; the Junkers, the
drill, The old. tradition of the Na- mllltnrv -m,irt n.. im. v.,...
tho Crown Prince Frederick the
Unser Fritz of the French campaign
he drank In a heady, warlike Intoxicant
that ever after stirred Ml blood, Through
all his after activities tho army was
next his heart the great war machine,
a machine fashioned and hardened by
generations of drill masters, tactician,
strategists, ever kept at top notch of
effectiveness, tho car of Juggernaut be
fore whose wheels all interfering ob
stacles should be made to disappear, for
whoso smooth running not only must all
German male tug at Its ropes, but of
that he "took all knowledge to his prov
ince," and became the Admirable Crlch
ton of Kaisers. The outward driving
and conquering soldier that he haj
dreamed himself becatno
A man to vrlou tht hf ieemtd to be
Nut one. but all mankind's epitome.
ing out of Bismarck than with his com
Ing to. tho throne. In other words the
end of the Illamarcklan Influence Is a
hltrh llcht with which the eofsodps of hi
succession and his family quarrel His utterances became more apocalyptic;
his energy, his authority were made
concrete lnt more canals, more ocean
steamships, moro railroads, moro In
stitutions of learning, and so on and
so on. He wis the Great Accelerator. His
days wero full. Ho learned an endless
array of things by a process of quack
absorption, On a new topio na read a
little, sent for Its 'beet exponents and
talked It over) if It was physically de
monstrable It was demonstrated for him.
It was this period that most endeared
him to Germany at large, nlthough pre
cisely tho period wherein he made less
stir abroad. It had Its apogee In the
opening of the Kaiser Wllhelm ship
canal, better known as tho Kiel Canal.
Knlser and Nation Aligned.
The Kalsor of the third epoch Is a
somewhat different man, and It is a
different Germany that ho ruled. That
both Kaiser and country marcnea
sldo by sido is undeniable It Is
expresred In his new pretension of
1896 'The Gorman Empire becomes a
world empire." Ixmg before that date
had Nletzscho written his call to Ger
many tel oast off Its leading strings of
the old civilization, to arise and bo self
ish, to sweep tlw weak from off its path.
to olxllsh tho Ten Oominandmonta as
only fit for I: he deficient, to havo the
Will to l'owor, to take tho suportnnn
for tnodol. Also eprach Zarathustra.
For years this doctrine of the 'brilliant
lunatic had been stirring, infecting, If
you wifth, the minds of droamlnc schol
ars, and about this tlmo Ithey wero to
spread out. Kind bo vocal in tho mouths
of tho talkers who spoko to tho masses.
Ho was followed toy others. Among the
most influential was Helnrich von
Treltschke, who again made most im
pression when ho ihad ceased to live In
1896. Hero was a forclblo thinker
without illusions as to what should or
should not stand in the Viiaiyi of a sov
ereign people on the trek, and the group
of his lectures In a volume "Polltlk" set
clearly down that expand Germany
must .or dlo: that colonies must be
had from England ; hence conflict with
England was unavoidable. Treltschko
was as flame to tho common mind,
and the Emperor was not slow to fall
In with the new mental state Hence
forth one was to hear mystic allusions
to rlgtfts and the needs of ono nation
holding what nndther doslred. Bern
hardl'was another whose "Next War"
eet afloat many guesses by the vulgar
as to what nation could stand In Ger
many's way, and made little of the task
that would call forth Germany's efforts.
Jllsohlef was afoot.
To William II. this brought n charrne.
And In tha couria of one revolving; moon
Was chemist, statesman, fiddler and
piquant as they are for tho "secret"
court chroniclers tho fellows who blab
secrets do not compare.
which all roads, all railways, must be the 1 oiled for the sculptor, he wroto plays
The Nrcond l'linsc of Ilia Mfe..
From 1S90 to 1616 would be the second
nh&fln nf lit l!f. It mnrV.il Mn Ant
Ho painted for the painters, he mod- essays at home politics, his myriad nctlv
Dabbled In All (he Arts.
servants before they wero nnythlnc rk
What phantom of glory, be It that of
Alexander, Hannibal. Cirsar, IJonaparte,
of Moltke or the Rod Prince, did not flit
continually before his uyes, luring him
ever on! He loved to be photographed.
for dramatists, he taught music to mU'
slclans, he preached for tho divines.
The military obsession was obsessed by
the handmaids of peace. It would not
be fair to say that thl was wholly un
conFClous. When later on he began to
Itles, his conflict with the agrarians or
land Owners, his fruitless war upon tho
Socialists, Caprlvi's .commercial treaties,
his Interest In tho navy, "his turn to
yachting, his activities In the world of
work and home progress. He had orig
inated nothing, he stimulated everything.
take measure of himself in rare days of It wa, ,marck who began the hunt for
leisure, there Is evidence that ho was i-i. , . .t,. .
r" f ,?"d 'l.'.8 "??" T," had made "for commlaroutreach and
v.t i.tir,D. .- .. ' Manufacturing outspread; the
the magnificent war machine, full of
new wonders, full of surprises for
poleonlc defeatsand overrunning of Ger
i many on which Haron Stein and Har-
denberg had laid the foundation of
militant Prussia over a hundred years
ago liad given way to the newer glory
of .the swift, decisive war on France in
l4"0. In his twelfth year, then, when in
the triumphal -eturn to Ilerlln of his
grandfather, William I., who hod gone
forth King of Prussia and had come
home Emperor, he rode his little pony
beside his plctufesque soldier father,
followed with a rush the throwing of
r.ls gauntlet Into tho arena ; but the
restraining factors were too many and
too strong, Mont fortunate of young
monarch, he not only found his empire
made and sotldlflod and holding a great
workmanlike army, but all around him
a nation at work as no nation before
ever had been.
The labors of Germany's Industrial
Hercules so engrossed him. the art of
the Germanic Minerva po pleased him.
outspread ; the educa
tlonal system, tha scientific research or
ganizations, the steel Industry, the tex-
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friend and foe. Would he never be "e lnuus?'.. ocean sieamsmp lines,
called on ; nay, would ho never have i lne cauu DUlun". me railroad extcn
the chatico to direct It ugalnst any- l'ion- lh art movement, all had had ex
body? ! Istcnce beforo his day. His optimism,
When William, two years In the sad
dle, dismissed Otto von Bismarck, tha
empire bulldor, the world was filled with
mktglvlngs. With that great Inflnenco
removed, with tho Incandescent Wlllium
practically "his own Chancellor," us
BlMnarck said in his soured humiliation,
what indiscretions might he not com
mit? Caprlvl, more tactful than brill
iant, saw that nothing happened, yet
held his place. Bismarck, who had
malignantly falsified despatches as he
so cynically confessed. In order to
make t-ure that Irritation would lo
set up in the mind of hl.t master,
old King William, and that Na
poleon III. would be driven to declare
war in fateful 1S70, could never for
give France for her miraculous re
covery from tho conquest The repub
lic's easy payment of the four milliards
of territorial ransom exueted In the
treaty of peace made lrlm bitterer still.
"Next tlmo" mark the certainty with
which the old matter butcher spoke
"next time," said Bismarck, "we shall
bleed the French calf white." He could
not dream that It would bo forty-four
years after Sedan before any attempt
to carry- out the blood lotting would
begin, and that then it would so fall to
roach the vitals of France, although
tho contest was straining every tissue
of her frame and taking awful toll of
The first stage of Emperor William II 's
life ends moro logically with the cast-
nis nctio-s more peremptory. He was
"Responsible to God alone." Two
Catholic German missionaries were
killed by tho Ignorant Chinese of Hhan-
tung, and after some preliminary flour
ishes n. naval expedition was snt to
China, where under his direct orders
Klao-chow was seized by way of pay
ment for the murders. China, as usual,
loo weak or too spiritless .to more than
register Its objection, submitted. In
this he tind leaped over the head of his
Chancellor, Unit he galnod his point.
Germany applauded and largo funds
wero found for the building of harlKir
world, forts and a whole now German
town at Tslng-tno. Soon a lense was
procured from Chirm, followed by rail
road concessions In Shantung." German
trsdem swarmed over China, nnd Pckln
gave car to so llb-val a spender as Will
iam. Here are 'brief snips from his number
less speeches showing his growing ob
session and his deep rooted self-conceit.
As I look upon mrlf a an instrument of
the Lord. I am indifferent o the point of
Tirw oi mo present qsj.
The King holds his power by the trace of
Ood. to whom alone Is he responsible. lit
chooses his own path and only decides his
actions from this point of view.
There Is only one master in this country:
I nm he, and I will not tolerate another.
There Is only one law my law the law
which I myself lay down.
The soldier must not have a will of bis
own they must all have only one will, and
that will mine.
The forelrner has Usmed the eonseaaances
of offendlnr the German Emperor.
ii is tne toiairr ana tne army, not psrua
mentsxy maloritles and votes, thst have
welded the Oermkn Kmplrs together. My eon.
flrtence rests upon the army.
We are now in a noaltlnn tn ris the visor
of our helmet and to look with the fearless
errs of a courageous Oerman at any one
who may block the path wa hsvs mapped
out for ourselves.
"Imperial power," ho said In on of
his addresses, "moans sea power, and
s;a power and Imperial power are) de
pendent on each other. Our future lies
on tha water. The trident should bo In
our hand. We stand under tho star of
commerce. Wo demand our place. In tha
And he wrangled and fought with his
reluctant Reichstag until at last they
fell In with him and gave him the monay.
in uov Aamirai von Tirpiu was made
Minister of Marine, and the new navy
came into being with unexampled speed
for Germany, putting England, tha old
shipbuilder, fo enormous strain to keep
ahead of her on her old two power
Germany vu adTonclns; commercially
with great vigor. Nothing, It was felt,
could be aeoompilahed In tha expanding
foreign, field without a great and strong
fleet When In tho heat of tho Boxer
massacres tit despatched Princs Henry
to China with a naval and military forca
ho adjured Mm In a pompous address to
show Germany'a 'mailed fist" to China
and charged the German soldiers to tako
no prisoners, the first naked avowal of
barbarism with which ho was to wage
war thereafter. England took alarm at
the naval programme that Oermany had
laid down. It was, she felt, a challenge
to her. German enterprise had long
flooded England with German articles.
England, which had decreed that all
aucjh should be artampod or labellled
"Mode In Germany" In orde to let the
unsuspecting purchaser know that he
waa buying on Inferior article, had
soon been horrified to find that the label
ling brought afcout on tttorovement in
the German output eo that excellent
quality accompanied relatively low
prices, and the German (Trip on the
English market waa all the tighter. (Jo
the English trading classes had their
grlevancea as well as the Government
Klao-chow in 1897 had startled her ex
porters, and the ourpush la Mesopotamia
with tho Bagdad or Euphrates Volley
Hallroad In 190J wa a move that
aroused Russia aa well aa England.
The German finger was In every pie.
The Morocco difficulty of 1905 was
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