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« y A V >»< S>J V A y A S »5 ' J $ i The Kaiser as I Knew Him For Fourteen Years a By * V a Arthur N. Davis, p. D.S. * American Dentist to the Kaiser from 1904 to 1918 * ►:< ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ .♦ * J A CHAPTER II.—Continued. — 2 — "And then," the kaiser went on, "when their great offensive was within a week of being launched we broke through their lines on a slope 3,000 feet high, covered with snow, where they couldn't bring up their reserves or new guns, and we surrounded them ! "We took practically everything they possessed—food enough to feed our entire army without calling upon onr own supplies at all. Never before had our armies seen such an accumulation of ammunition. I must certainly go down to see it "We cut off their northern retreat and, as they swung their army to the south, we captured 60,000 of them up to their knees in the rice fields. One of the great mistakes they made was In carrying their civilian refugees with them—clogging their narrow roads and impeding the retreat of their soldiers. We had taken possession of their most productive regions, and their retreat was through territory which yielded them nothing. Just think of that re treating army thrown upon the already impoverished Inhabitants of that sec tion. Why, they'll starve to death ! "Everywhere we went we found their big guns abandoned. In one small village we came upon a gun dec orated with flowers and surmounted with a portrait of Emperor Frans Jo sef. It had been put there by the Ital ian inhabitants of the village to show their happiness at being released at last from the yoke of the intolerable Italian lawyer government! How ter ribly the Italians must have treated them ! Italy will never get over this defeat. This was real help from God ! Now, we've got the allies !" and he struck his left hand with his right with great force to emphasize his apparent conviction that the turning point in the war had been reached with Italy's collapse. That the kaiser now regarded him self and his armies as invincible I felt, and I feared that the success in Italy would be followed at the first favora ble opportunity by a gigantic offensive on the western front. Indeed, on a subsequent occasion, when he called at my office for further treatment, and again referred to the Italian, triumph, he remarked : "If our armies could capture 300,000 Italians— and those 300,000 might just as well be dead as far as Italy is concerned—we can do the same thing against our enemies on the west!" This was one of the interviews I was so anxious to report to the representa tives of the American intelligence de partment at our legation in Copen hagen and, later on, when I finally ar rived in that city, I related it in great detail to them. I remained in Copen hagen eleven days and during the greater part of that time I was being Interviewed by one or another of the representatives of our intelligence de partment. Exactly two months later, on March 21, the western offensive broke out as I had feared. I called at Potsdam a day or two la ter to attend the kaiser again, and found him still in the same triumphant mood, and so anxious was he to get down to Italy that he called at my of fice' three times that week to enable me to complete my work on bis ed tooth. On November 26 the kaiser called at office for, what proved to be his last sitting. I had received word on the 20th that my pass for America had been granted and that I could leave the 30th, and I accordingly told the kaiser that it was my intention to leave for Copenhagen on that day. I explained that I was completely down—and I certainly looked it— my 00 run and that it was necessary for me to get to Copenhagen anyway, so that I could get in touch with America re garding a porcelain tooth patent which had been granted to me in July, 1913, but which a large dental company was seeking to wrest from me. The patent authorities had delayed action because of the fact that I resided in an enemy country. On the 2Sth I received a letter from the court chamberlain stating that the president of police had made it known to the kaiser that I had applied for a pass to America and demanding an ex planation as to why I had told the kai ser that I had planned to go to Copen hagen and had r> t mentioned Amer ica. » I at once rep' .<1 that it was indeed my intention, i t I had told the kaiser, to go to Copenhagen, but that I had applied for the pass to America be cause I wanted to be in a position to go there if my patent affairs demand ed it and I expressed the hope that nothing would be done to interfere with the pass which had been prom ised me for the 30th. Nevertheless, the 30th came around and the pass didn't, and the boat which sailed from Copenhagen on December 7, wi.icb I had planned to take, sailed without me. Again the weary weeks followed •u'h other without ftie slightest inti mation from anyone that I would ever be allowed *0 leave, fully made up my mind that the »11 hud decided to keep lue lu Indeed. I had thoriti (Copyright, Uli, by the Berlin for reasons of their own and that nothing I could do could mend the situation, when, early in January, I re ceived the joyous tidings that I could leave January 21-23. I left on the 22d, and as far as I have since been able to ascertain I was the last Amer ican male to leave Germany with the consent of the officials. CHAPTER III. The Kaiser's Dual Personality. If I had come away from Germany in January, 1Ö14, Instead of in January, 1918, and had written the impression I had gained of the kaiser in the ten years I had known him, what a false picture I would have painted of the man as he really is! . It would have been a picture of a man who in general appearance and bearing was every inch an emperor and yet who could exhibit all the courtesy, affability and gentleness of the most democratic gentleman, a man soft of eye and kindly in expression, a man of wide reading and attainments—perhaps the most versatile man in the world, a man who possessed a most alert mind, a remarkable memory and the keenest observation; a man who was not gen erous in nature and yet was at times considerate of others ; a man of charm ing personality and amiability. It would have shown a man of unpar alleled egotism, a man who was im patient of correction and who would brook no opposition. There might have been in the picture a suggestion of the dire lengths to which the man would go to have his way, but It would have been only a suggestion. As far as it went, the picture would have been accurate, but it would have been sadly incomplete—with all the lights worked in but lacking all the shadows. It took the war and its attendant horrors to reveal the kaiser in his true colors. The war did not change his character ; it uncovered it Early in my practice I happened to mention to the kaiser that I appre ciated the friendliness he showed me in Invariably waving his hand at me as he passed my window when walking along the Tiergarten. "It's a good advertisement for you, Davis," lje said. "The people see me waving to you and they know you must be a good dentist er I wouldn't come to you. It will help your busi ness !" In every act he was conscious of the public. During that period of my career in Berlin, he showed the utmost Interest in my progress and frequently inquired how my practice was developing. The first bill I rendered him, as I have mentioned, he doubled. On a number of subsequent occasions, he paid me more than my bill called for. These overpayments never amounted to very much, but they Impressed me because they were so out of keeping with the stinginess the kaiser dis played in other directions. From time to time the kaiser sent or brought me autographed pictures of himself or others. At the time of the one hundredth anniversary of Fred erick the Great, he gave me a picture of that monarch. On another occasion, he presented me with a group picture and dogs. I remember his bringing to me a large unframed picture in cele bration of his silver wedding. It was about twenty-four by eighteen inches in size. It showed the kniserin and himself in a sort of cloud floating above a birdseye view of Berlin, with the palace and the cathedral dimly seen below. "I don't know just what this master piece was meant to signify, but I had it framed and placed it in my office. It evoked from a little boy who entered the room with his mother the follow ing astonished remark: "Oh. mother, look at the kaiser in heaven !" A post-card picture of the kaiser, signed by his own hand, was in his own estimation one of the most price less gifts he could bestow. I remem ber his donating one of them to an American charity bazaar in Berlin to be auctioned off. He thought that the fact that the card came from his im perial majesty gave it a value which could not be measured In dollars and cents. A piece of jewelry or a sum of money might have been duplicated or even excelled by a gift of similar character from any American million aire—for whose wealth the kaiser fre quently expressed the utmost contempt —but what could surpass the value of an autograph of the kaiser! No doubt the royal banquets were prepared much upon the same prin ciple, for it was a common saying among the German aristocracy that one had better feel well before going to a banquet at the palace. I happened to mention to the kaiser the reputatiou his banquets held among his people. He was not at all tukeu aback. "That's good !" he commented. "The Germans are too fat, anyway. The ma jority of the people eat too much." Long after automobiling became more or less general, the kaiser still employed a horse and carriage for ordinary travel, relying upon his free ^McClure Newspaper Syndicate.) use of the railways for longer dis tances. When, however, the reichstag passed a law compelling royalty to pay for their railroad travel, the kaiser took to automobiles. They charged him 11,000 marks, he told me. for the use of a train on one of his shooting trips, and that apparently was more than he could stand. "Autos are expensive," he declared, "but they don't cost me that much !" The kaiser speaks English with but the slightest trace of a foreign accent. His diction Is perfect. He speaks French, too, very fluently, and. I be lieve, Italian. He Is widely read on almost all subjects and knows the lit erature of England, France and Amer ica as well as that of Germany. Mark Twain was one of his favorite Amer ican authors and Longfellow his choice of American poets. He prides himself on his acquain tance with history and has little re spect for the political opinions of oth ers whose knowledge of history is les3 complete. Shortly after Carnegie had donated five million marks to Germany to fur ther world-peace, I happened to be talking to the kaiser of American mil lionaires and the steelmaster was mentioned. "Of course. Carnegie is a nice old man and means well," remarked the kaiser, condescendingly, "but he is to tally ignorant of world history. He's just advanced us five million for world-peace. We accepted it naturally, but, of course, we intend to continue our policy of maintaining our army and navy in full strength." Indeed, there is hardly any subject to which the kaiser has devoted any considerable attention in which he doesn't regard himself as the final au thority. As an art collector and antiquarian he claims first place and he is rather inclined to feel that second place should be left vacant. He aways re sented very much the acquisition by American millionaires of art treasures and antiquities which their wealth en abled them to buy, but which their limited acquaintance with history and their lack of culture and refinement made them unable to appreciate—in the kaiser's estimation. Of his own taste in art little need be said. The monuments which he caused to be erected to his ancestors and their advisors and which adorn the Sieges Allee, the street he had opened through the Tiergarten especially for them, are at the same time a monument to the kaiser's ideas of art. They are the laughing-stock of the artistic world. They have been so frequently defaced by vandals whose artistic taste they offended that it was necessary to sta tion poiicemen in the Sieges Alle« to guard them. Not long ago a burglary occurred in the vicinity. The burglars were observed while at work and a startled civilian rushed to the Sieges Allee to summon one of the officers who were known to be on guard there. "If you hurry," exclaimed the civil ian, excitedly, "you can catch these burglars red-handed." "I'm sorry." replied the policeman, "But I cannot leave the statues." Realism is the kaiser's idea of what is most desirable in dramatic art. When he put on "Sardanapal," a Greek opera house, he sent professors to the British museum to secure the most detailed information available regard ing the costumes of the period. Every utensil, every article of wearing ap parel, every button, every weapon. In fact, every property used in the play were to be faithfully reproduced, par ticular pains being taken to produce a most realistic effect in a funeral pyre scene in which a king ended his life. The kaiser sent me tickets to see it. King Edward attended the perform ance at the Berlin Royal opera and I asked the kaiser how the king of Eng land enjoyed it. "My gracious," the kaiser replied, unable to repress his satisfaction at the effect the pantomime had had on his royal uncle, "why, the king was very much alarmed when the funeral pyre scene came on. He thought the whole opera house was on fire !" Perhaps the kaiser's love for details might be attributed to his keeu obser vation. Nothing, no matter how triv ial, escaped his attention. A couple of years before tie- war I had the empire furniture in my wait ing room reupholstered. Ou the very first occasion of the kaiser's calling at my office after tile change he noticed it. "My, my. how beautiful the chairs look !" he exclaimed. "Good enough for Napoleon himself." On another occasion, between two of the kaiser's visits. I had had put up in the waiting room a new portrait of Mrs. Davis. The kaiser noticed it the moment he came into the room and made some complimentary remark about it. The kaiser frequently accused the Americans of being dollar-worshipers and the English of being ruled by Mammon, but that he himself was not totally unmindful of the value and power of money was clearly revealed by the manner In which ne catered to people of wealth in recent years. The richest man in Berlin and one of the richest in Germany was a He-! brew coal magnate named Fried lander. The kaiser ennobled him and made him Von Frledlander-Fuld. An other wealthy Hebrew to whom the kaiser catered was Schwabach. head of the Bielchroeder bank, one of the' strongest private banks In Germany, and he, too, was ennobled, becoming ~ _ ._._. von Sch^abacn. in Germany were also honored by the A number of other wealthy Hebrews kaiser in another way. Although he was averse to visiting the homes of private individuals who lacked social standing, he departed from his rule In their favor and visited their mansions ostensibly to view their art collections, but actually to tickle their vanity. the best looking young lady who has attended our court in many a day," he declared. Shortly after Leishman became am bassador to Germany, the kaiser called on me. "Tour new ambassador's daughter is Half a dozen of my young staff officers are very anxious to marry If the kaiser despised the American propensity for money-making, he was certainly not averse to acquiring American dollars. He told me once that every trip the Hamburg-American liner made from New York to Hamburg re suited in transferring $130,00) from American to German pockets, and added : "We're mighty giad to get some of your American money, I can tell ! you." Of the kaiser's versatility I had her. Can you tell me, Davis, whether these Leishmans have money?" Amerika convincing evidence. In his conversa tions with me we usually wandered from subject to subject in the most haphazard manner, and he invariably displayed a surprising store of Infor mation on every topic we touched, and I am not vain enough to believe that he was so anxious to make a favorable ly almost every subject that suggested itseli that I often wondered what his advisors would have said had they overheard our conversations. His read impression upon me that he prepared for these discussions in advance. Indeed, the kaiser discussed so free iness to talk to me was undoubtedly due to a tendency he had to trust every one with whom he came in inti _ mate contact. For a man who was apt to have so many enemies, he was less subirions than anyone I had ever met. He seemed to trust every one and his sense of security unloosened his tongue and made him more talkative, perhaps, than was always discreet. The kaiser was very fond of listen- j ing to and telling stories with a point and would frequently invite me to tell him any new one that I might have heard. Some of the stories we ex changed were more or less risque and would be out of place in these pages, but I do not mean to intimate that there was anything very much amiss with them. They always amused him ' very much and he was quick to catch the point. of a conference between représenta The kaiser's sense of humor fre quently exhibited itself. He told me tives of all the powers regarding the selection of a king for Albania after the Balkan war. Some of those present thought the incumbent ought to be a can bile. Catholic, others insisted that a Greek Catholic was essential, still others maintained that a Mohammedan would be most logical. It seemed quite impossible to come to any agreement as to just what re ligion the king of Albania should pro fess, and the kaiser had ended the dis cussion, he said, with the suggestion : "Well, gentlemen, if a Protestant won't do. and a Roman Catholic won't do, and a Buddhist is out of the ques tion. why not select a Jew and call him Jacob the First? Hell have his throat cut, anyway, in three months !" The powers did not select a Jew, but the prince of Wied, the kaiser's nomi nee, was put on the throne, and within a month or two afterwards had to flee for his life. In referring to Roosevelt's patriotic offer to lead an army in France, the kaiser declared that he admired him "I hear," he said, "that he is now on his way to Italy. It is too bad we did not postpone oar offensive there. Per haps we might have captured him. f Wouldn't Teddy look funny in a gas mask?" * for his courage and zeal. Shortly after the U-boat Deutsch land made its successful trip to Amer ica, the kaiser called on me, and he was in a verv jocular frame of mind. I happened to mention to him that I planned to go to America the following summer in connection with the porce lain tooth I had patented. "Well, it won t be necessary now. Davis," he commented. "We can send j the Deutschland over and bring back j a boatli»ud of teeth !" "Fix my teeth well. Daris." he de clared on another occasion, "so that I There are lots of people I would use to bite!" and he cupped his jaws together in a way that would have boded ill for the victims he had in ' ruiud, although his remark was evi jentlv more facetious than vicious. Tks - 'u ne s)' *ud »fUhiiity which '• the kni-er air..'invar. ; <1 id his relations with me did not pre vent him on one occasion from show in? his Indignation when I tonehed him upon what was evidently a very sore point—the part that America was go Ins to play in the war, although he al ways claimed to be unperturbed about the American situation. He had pointed out 'hat America at that time had only 30,000 men in France and he believed that the C boats would effectively prevent any . great addition to our forces abroad, if, indeed, they ever left our shores. j "As a matter of fact, however," he ; ; a dried, "your countrymen wouid be VPr y ^ !lln «- no ,lonbt -^ fl S ht for thdr ™ nntr y t0 P rot ^ t 11 tmn mvasrnn, b « * 1 belieTe 7«"™ ** er J «**""* of th ^ m t0 leav -" hom * t0 abro "^ America "till really be a very small fa ^? r in the , war ' , Da7la [ , , ' To " r "*•!«** J 3 underestlmatln* the power of America I replied KI He turapd *» me ^dignantly and la his most Imperious manner exclaimed: , — *We underestimate no one! know exactly what we are doing !" w How seriously he was mistaken la this respect has since been sufficiently proved. No matter how gloomy the outlook for Germany, the kaiser seldom show ed concern. It is true that whenever things were going wrong, as when tha Russians in the early part of the war were sweeping everything before them In their advance on the Carpathians, i he and the rest of the royal family I kept as far In the background as pos sxbl«s. whereas when the German cause I was triumphant as in the case of the j offensive against Italy, he could oat make himself too conspicuous at the j But even when Germany's adversity wa3 greatest, the kaiser always put on a brave from. At such times I have : g^en him stop in the street, after leav- j ing my office, and before the hundreds of people waiting outside to greet him, | mouth and light it, that everyone might ! notice how steady his hand was and how little he was worried by the turn things were taking, trout. ostentatiously put a cigarette In his At the same time, on one or two oc casions after the war started, I noticed j that he acted differently when in the : Cental c hair than had been his custom ! when everything was serene. ! The kaiser onee t^ed to me that not a baUdlng wa3 erected in Germany, not a brid bullt> EOt a street op ened, not a park lai(i ont bot W hat the proj ^ was ^ to him . He : k ted oa ever y t hing that was going on. not only in Germany, but in '■ the world at large, and, as far as he was able, he endeavored to have his , finger in every development of world wide importance. I cannot imagina that he was less interested in what his countrymen were doing in connection with the war than he was in their achievements in time of peace, If he did not actually order the sink fns of ^ Lusitania, therefore, I am conyh«^ that he was thoroughly aware of the pian to blow it up and [ sanctl0Q<?d lt . Tlmt he could have averted it lf he had been prompted to todoso t 3 clearly Indicated by another incident which left a very deep im- [ pression upon me. j I was informed by one of the G er- j man aviators that plans had been niade t0 ga3 bonl b s on London wbicb contained a deadly gas which woa j f i penetrate the cellars of houses 1 ^ wbicb Chilians were in the habit ! of hiding during air raids. Shortly before this hideous idea was to be put into effect the papers an- . nounced that bombs of this character ! had been dropped by the allies oa Baden-Baden, but that, fortunately, j thev had fallen in a clump of woods ^ tbe center of the town and had fail ^ to exp iode, which had given the Germans an opportunity to take them \ apart and ascertain their nature. |. - X u. The ka.ser for many years lost no opportunity to curpr favor with Americans In the hope, declare* Doctor Davis, that he would reap his reward when the great war which he was then anticipating broke out. When war came and America did not rush to his aid he was grievously disappointed and took no pains to conceal his bitter ness toward this country. Doc tor Davis tells some Interesting facts about this situation in the next installment of his story. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Heroism That Is Real. For heroism when the engine room of his ship was filled with live steam. Niels Anderson, chief machinist's mate, Cnited bt&tes navy, has been given official commendation, corred when the exhaust lines of the steering engine were earned away by the breaking of the tiller, causing the engine room to fill with steam. With out hesitation Anderson went down a The act 00 I driven b» 1 *- A « ll n &e made two more attempts. Tbe third was successful and. groping his way through the cloud of steam, he cut lt off. Ander son enlisted in the nary at Norfolk. Va., in April 1898. giving as his home address 2420 South Broad street. ladder to the compartment, but was I ni.aJelpnia. Athens, when asked why he had made death, the penalty for every infraction of his statutes, replied that it was none too much for the imst crime and he knew 11 . thing mors severe for the greaicr. Ah. it Plsistmtus were only here to judge the Huns at the final count.—Seattle Post-luteiiigeneer. Longs for a Pisistratus. Fisistratus. the first lawgiver of . j j Pretty Silver Knives, forks, spoons and a tea set add greatly to the attractiveness of your table. We can completely satisfy your stiver requirements, whethe- they be large or small, sterling or plated, prices make buying easy. Our modest ! BOYD PARK MAKERS OF JEWELRY SAU LAM cm «5« VIAJN STALE! i , ! . j BARGAINS IN USED CARS «p'.end'd a*«<i earv-Ba ck%. OLAth: >>••*. !**. ;:enaj—125# m C>a:aar«ed Sr* da* raaninc cnadiri W":e :or .«4 JM nghr par?!«. '•U.Q. L«ed C« Dept-. Randail-Oodd Auto Co_ SaU Laic» Crr VICTIM OF GERMAN "KULTUR trvln 8. Cobb Writes ef Work of Beast of Berlin, aa He Saw It in London Hospital. In a London hospital I saw a littla gj r j who had been most terribiy maimed in an air raid. I am not going to dweil on the state of this child. When I think of her I have not the words to express the feelings that I have. Bat oae of her hands was gone at the wrist and the other hand was badlv shattered ; so aha was Jnst a wan little brutally abbreviated frag most grievously afflicted. Her wounds had ceased to pain her. the head nurse teid before we en tered. and for the rest of tha time she was a good patient, one of the best In the ward. her head propped upon a pillow that there waa a pitiful wraith of a smile on her poor Iitt!e pinched eommon place face, and to her breast, with the meet of humanity, a Uving fraction. Sh? was lying, when I saw her. with was no whiter than her face was, and bandaged stump of one arm and with her remaining hand that was swathed in a clump of wrapping, she cuddled up a painted china doll which some body had brought to her, and she was singing to it. ^ «»**«• 1 take <*• won!d haT « b ~" *«T gracious in the eyes of his impe - nî majesty of Prussia—except, of ««■*. **** 010 Htt!e stm UTed: that naturally would be a drawback to his com P lete enjoyment of ths spec tucle.-Irviu S. Cobb In the Saturday . TELL OF ENEMY S APPROACH - Certain Birds and Animal* Make tha Evening Post. Best Kind of Sentinels That an Army Can Employ. A wounded soldier, asked what had mrprised him most in the battle zone, told of finding a robin's nest in an empty shell case, tinels In the animal kingdom, become aware of approaching aircraft As a rule birds are the finest sen They long before man hears anything. Early hi the war parrots were kept at the Eiffel tower as seatineis. but they grew accustomed to the sound of en ray planes aad were no longer of use. Pheasants always grow restless and chatter noisily If Zeppelins are ap preaching, even when they are far jwav, so far that man can hear no *ound. What is perhaps stranger Is the fact ^ lat such ordinary créa '.- i s as p>gs should sight a balloon when it is com The "blister" makes no !a - OTer - . 7«t sboa!d on# a PPe* r a f 1 fJ t th " sk T- mi!es fr031 8 farmyard. farmer wil! be made aware of the fact the curious antics of his pigs and 019 clucking of his hens, Toy dogs always are susceptible to the r -"ser.ee of danger, and many s pet shows uneasiness before a raid. Cats ^ jhow ^ Qf ^ and to know when danger threatens, j p> og3> birds and horses are very sen „ tlTe w Watdh ^ blrds dur ^ # davÜRht „m, tuten to the dogs, an(J TWt st abl* where the horse re3 . iTe ; T STamp8 up aQ d down. t-h,r «il animais can accustom them se [- es t0 sounds that cause fear is pr0 ved by our cavalry horses, dogs tbat aCPOn2 p an T their masters into the 2n d the robin's nest in the ern pty shell ease, B it Tammy Sized It Up. Tom's kindergarten teacher took her class to see the chickens in the school yard. A homely brown hen was moth ering a brood of fancy chickens hatched in aa Incubator. The aristo cratic chicks had tufts of feathers oa their heads. Tommy quickly noted the difference between hen and chicks and blurted out : "Pshaw, she can't be their mother." Then, after a moment's con sideration. he added with an air of con viction ; "Oh, I guess she's only the nursegirl." Doesn't Umferstaod. Suzette says she can't understand hew a small thing like a trolley pole can keep a big thing like a street car from running off the track. Shears Made to Last. Georg« H. Tucker, president cf a Fittsield (Msss.i bank, uses in busi ness the shears which f»r years were the desk of his grandfather at the courthouse, sharpened, and rheir edges today are "as keen as a ra.sor." deaplte the fact that they have beea in constant usa for 100 years. on Tb*v bar* never been French at a (Stance. "How do you pronounce rivandiere?" "With a pretty one you put the a* cent heavily oa the last syllable."