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The Kaiser as
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CHAPTER IV.
America Disappoints Kaiser.
The kaiser »«.cended the throne In
jSKX j. or twenty six years his reign
was ownsrred by u single war, ul
ttM.ugb twire during that period, once
tn ltSJf. and ngaln lu UH I, he ueurly
succeedtsl in prsdpltstlng a conflict.
8 nbse«|U«-ut developments have
brought out clearly enough that «luring
all these years of peace, tin* kuiser
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wi» only awaiting the opportune m«e In
sent to bring <>n war.
Germany's preparation consisted not j
merely In building up her army aim
navy and developing a military spirit
In U«*r people, hut In trying to estub
llah friendships abroad where they
would do the most goo«] In the event
«of a world war.
The German military preparutlo« p
«as mon* or I«*ms obvious. Th«« kult
was always Its warmest advoeate 11 .
TranVIv |M1M that It was his Inten
turn to remain urim-«l to the teeth, ul
though he protested to me many times
that Mg sole object was to maintain
the peace of the world.
In 1918, for Instance, I wus In The
Hague whin Carnegie delivered
smer« h at the open ing of the Ponce j
|«ata< In the «'"or*«* of which hi* «h* in
«*Uuv«l I hat the kaiser wus a stuin
bitng block In the way of world peace.
a I
When 1 got hack to Merlin I uifutlun
•#d the fact to the kuiser, hoping to
<lrsw htia out.
to
"Tes, I know exactly what Carnegie ! sen
walfl at llu* Hague," he replied rather I of
'testily, "and 1 «lou t like the way he
spoke st sll. lie referred to me as the
"war lord and said 1 waa standing In |jj
th# way «rf world p«*a«*e. lad him look h
• t my ree«»rd of twenty-live peaceful :
yenrs on the throne! N«>, the surest ]
menus to maintain the pen«*e of the j tli**
world Is my big sriny sud navy! (>th«*r
nation* will think twice before going
Wo war with u»! The fai t thut he had t
previously accepted 8.000,000 marks
from Carnegie for the furtherance of |
universal peace didn't seem to occur I
I
' -Awl the worlil at large learned more j f()r
sm less of German Intrigue and propa- I
gsmla since the wur, but It Is not geu
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w« 11 y known that the same sort of .,,
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thing was going on even more actively
tn time of peace. Countless measures,
of the most subtle und Insidious char
acter, were taken to lull luto a sense of
false security the nations she Intended j
eventually to altuck and to Inspire fear
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In
to
In or committal the r«*sp«*ct of nations
which she bo|M>«l would remain neutral
• >r might even be Induced to throw In
their lot with Inrs In the event of
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war.
In this phase of Germany'* prépara
«Ion for war, the kaiser took u leading
part.
In
to
It I* a fact, for Instaure, that prac
»butly every «»Hirer In the t'lilleun
army Is a Germait, uml the kulsiT bus
•»p«»r«*<l no pains to foster the friend
ship of the South American republics,
■commercially ami diplomatically.
One of the South American minis
ters told me of au cx-preslilent of
IVru who bud visited Merlin. This ,
I'eruvlau ha«) previously visited Lou
• :«>n and I'arls and hud received little
a
ofllctol attention In either of
capitals,
know»» to himself, the kuiser decided
to cater to ibu Kcntlcmuu. and accord
ingly arranged u
**r no
thoNo
I'<>r
best
reasons
a whence.
In ilo* lis, usston which took place
■ I ii they met, the kuDer displayed
1
r«tnrkabb* :c ipmlntanct* with
ml the family hls
llt!«*al i iireer of Ills visitor
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"UVirtU tl
air*
;
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y and p
iotith Ai i n un w as stunned.
-ii In returned borne lie curried
i him « most < ult.*d bleu of the
pervading
bun of the Gentian !
To what extent the kuls«*r
:
*. ■ *-|H*nt the t:il tight «»11 preparing i a
i« r»»r.
for this Interview I have no knowldge,
■*ut knowing the importance he plum'd
; "ti making a favitrable iinprv>>hm
at all fîmes I have a mental picture of
iii> delving deeply Into South Aluert
■ au lore lu preparation fi*r his gu«*st.
There Is nothing dearer to the kuiser
than caste and social distinction. Mor
gutuitlc marriages
horrent to him.
were naturally ub- j
Nevertheless, before
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the suc
censor to the Austrian throne, was
murdered, the kuiser not only recog
nlzed his morganatic wife, who was
only a countess, but went out of his
way to show her deference. He placed
her at his right at ull state functions
which she attended. To bring Austria
and Germany closer together, he was
willing to waive one of bis deep-rooted
prejudices. ...... !
The significance of the kaisers
many visits to Italy, his presentation
of a statue to Stockholm, his yachting
excursions fn Scandinavian waters,
his flirtations with Turkey from his
castle on the Island of Corfu, and sim
ilur acts of ingratiation, becomes quite
apparent In the face of more recent
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development», but bis efforts to curry
favor with America during all the
years of peace which preceded the war
were so much more elaborate that they
deserve more than passing mention.
No more subtle piece of propaganda
wus ever conceived than the kaiser's
plan of exchanging professors between
the United States and Germany
through the establishment of the
itooscvelt and Harvard « hairs at the j
University of Berllu and corresponding
chairs at Harvard an«l other American
universities. Ostensibly the purpose of
the project was to foster good-will be- j
tween the two nutlons. Actually, It
was liileiid«*d to Germanize Americans
to such an extent that their co-opera
tlon might be relle*l upon In the ev«-nt
of wur for which Germany was sed- !
ulously preparing.
It was believed thut the exchange of |
professors would accomplish the (Jet- :
m ,u, purpose in two ways: not only
c««ubl the professors the gainer sent to
America be depended upon to s««w Ger
mun
•e«l in American soil, hut the |
American professors who were sent to
Merlin, It was Imp« d. COUld be so In- j
octllated with the German viewpoint
that when they returned to their nu- I
tlve land they would disseminate It j
among their associate* and students. |
80111 « time before the kaiser con
celved the scheme of the Exchange |
Profeasors, he sent his brother, Prince |
Henry, to this country to druw the
two nations closer together and to In- !
still In the heart of every child horn
parents an j
Just before the war broke out, he
was planning to senil one of his sons
here with the same object
II«* told me of h!s project and asked
me to which part of the United States
I thought he ought to send the prince,
"Tb «i iIi*j»**ji«I your uiujesty," I re
object of the visit.
to meet American
I rci'oinmcnd such
In America of German
p
abiding love for the fatherland.
■«« the
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places as Newport In Hummer and
Palm Bench In winter. To come tn
contact with our statesmen and dtplo*
mats, Washington would naturally be
ther details 11 » to ih.* object he hud
in m I ml or which sun In* had planned
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formation but «Ihl not enter Into fur
It wus to curry favor with America
thut th,* kaiser had Ids yucht Meteor
built In our shipyards, and It Is a fact i
th<* most likely place to visit.
The kuiser thanked me for the lu
to semi arross.
that more American women were pro
sen ted at the German court than those j
of any «»ther nation. |
When he presented a statue of j
Frcdi-rlrk the Great to this country,
|jj McKluley'a administration, It <*re
h I«mI a great stir In congresa. What
could be less appropriate, It was ar*
good, than the statue of a monarch In
tli** capital of a republic? The statue
was not set up In McKinley's ndmlnls
tratlon, but ItOMVtlt accepted It In I
t |„, interest of diplomacy and had It |
0rM *ted In front of the Army building,
Seeing that his gift had had Just the j
opposite effect to that Intended, the !
kulaer reprimanded his ambassador !
f()r m>t interpreted American
sentiment more accurately.
A few days after the death of King
.,, , „ . , , „ „
Edward, Kooeevelt arrived lu Merlin,
Despite the fuet that all Kdr.ipe was
In mourning, the kaiser arranged the
most elaborate military dress review
ever given In honor of a private citizen
to celebrate Itoosevett's visit. The re
view was held In the large military
More than
reservation near Merlin.
1 ( 10,000 soldiers passed In review be
for«* the kuiser and tits stuff anil their j
honored gm-st.
How far the kaiser would have gone
In his attendons to Uoosevelt hud he
not been In mourning It Is Impossible
to say, but I don't believe he would
have left anything undone to show his
admiration for the American ex-preu
ldent and to curry favor With this
country.
Mut Rooaevelt was not the only
Amerlean tn whom the kaiser uiude
He was constantly Inviting
yachting visits at Kiel or wherever
happened to be.
He sut for a portrait by an Ameri
can painter, which wus exhibited with
a large collection of other American
overtures.
American
to pay him
millionaires
works under the kaiser's auspices.
There was nothing that the kaiser
did not do In Ids «>fïorts to Ingratiate
himself with this country In the hope
that lie would reap Ids reward when
the great war he was
anticipating
eventually broke out.
Taken Indlvblually, llics«« various tn
cldcnts seem trivial enough, but I
r reason to know that the '
Itnpor- I
have every
kuiser
attached considerable
l know that there was !
tance to them.
a go««! «I«*al of chagrin In llu* tirudes
h«* «b llvered to me against America for
her part In supplying munitions to the
alli«*s- -chagrin at the tlmught that the
sc«*d he had sown In America had
fnlle«l to bring forth better fruit.
When w*e llnally entered the war and
he realized that all Ills carefully nur
tu red plans of years had availed him
naught, he could not restrain his bit
temess nor conceal his disappoint
meut.
"All my efforts to show my friend
ship for America—exchanging profes
sors with your colleges, sending my
brother In your country, all—all for J
nothing!" he exclaimed, disgustedly,
after we had entered the war.
On another occasion he showed even
more clearly how far America had f»l
len short of his expectations:
! "' Vhat has bw " me of those rlch
Americans who used to visit me with
their yachts at Kiel and come to my
cbtertaimuents In Merlin?" he asked,
sarcastically. "Now that we have
England involved, why aren't they
utilizing the opportunity to serve and
to make their own country great? Do
they think I put myself out to enter
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tlr** Western Hemisphere.
politics very closely, especially after
the war broke out, was very natural,
The fact that there was a great Ger
man-Amerlcan vote In this country !
was not overlooked In Potsdam, and I
haven't the slightest doubt the kaiser
tain them because I loved them? I
am disgusted with the whole Anglo
Saxon race!"
The kuiser couldn't understand why i
the United States did not seize both
Canada and M«*xico. Apparently, from
the way he talked from time to time.
If he had been sitting In the White
House he would have grabbed the en
That the kuiser followed American
imagined thijt he could exert conslder
able influence In our elections through
his emissaries In Ibis country,
I returned to Berlin late In October
of that year. Within a duy or two
after my urrlvul I received a telephone
message from the Helehsknnzl<*r von
Itethmunn-Hollweg to the effect that
the kaiser had sent him word of my
n-turn and that he would like me to
call at his palace either that noon or
ut four p. in
I was ushered Into n very large room
In the corner of which was a business
like looking flat-topped desk, but which j
was otherwise elaborately furnished. |
The relcliskanxler, a tall, broud-shoul- ,
derail, handsome specimen of a man
came over to me and, putting his arm
In m'ne, walked me to a seat boalde j
the desk, lie naked me what I would
smoke, an«l upon my taking n clgar
ette, he did likewise,
"The kaiser's been telling me, doc
tor," he satil, "of your recent visit to
America, and I would like to ask you
:
a few «juestlons."
I said that I was always glad to talk
of America. Indeed, I was particular
ly glad of the opportunity to spruit
with the prime minister of Germany at
thut time.
Then followed a bewildering succes
siotf of «inestions, the purpose of
which was not at nil clear to me. We !
bad a peculiar conversation—half !n
German, half In English. The ri hs- j
kanzler dbl not speak English partic
ularly well.
"How are things in America?" he J
asked. "IJId you have any opportu- j
nlty to gauge the political situation? j
Who do you think will be the next ]
president? I)o you think that Amerl- |
cans uro opposed to peace because
thut would end their chance to make
money out of the wur?
Are your [
people so mercenary that they would j
like to see the war prolonged for the !
suke of the money tjioy can muke out |
of It?"
"No, your excellency,
"you are «julto wrong If you liuugine j
that my countrymen would like to pro
long the war for the sake of wur
profits. Thut is very fur from being
the case. On the contrary, the coun
try at large is anxious for peace."
"Don't forget your people ure mak
lag a lot of tnouey out of thlB war,"
the relchukuuzler persisted,
I replied,
"They
They will j
are becoming very rich,
"<><»« have ull the gold in the world.
I'uttlng an end to the war would to a j
*f«*at ext«*nt end American opportuni
tles for making money on this enor
mous scale."
"Thut may be all true," I replied,
fortunately my countrymen think
more of the blt-sslngs of peace and
liberty than they do of wur and profits,
11,1,1 tin* sooner peace cun be brought
"bout on a basts which will have
some assurauee of permanency the bet
»• «'111 like It."
"Wilson has the greatest opportu
j nlty ever presented to a man to make j
bis name Immortal—by bringing about
peaeo In the world," he went on. "We
feel now that ho Is not our friend, but
friendly to the allies, but nevertheless
be may bo able to see that If this war
'* prolonged Indefinitely It will moan
the destruction of all the nations In
volved In It.
Do you think there Is
any possibility of America entering
the war?"
"Thut, of course, will depend, your
excellency," I answered, "upon devel
I don't believe lay country I
is anxious to tight, but I'm «lutte sure
that nothing in the world will keep us
"pnients.
out of It If our rights as a neutral
nation arc not respected."
"We certainly don't like the way
Hughes has been talking on the
stump," d«*<*lar«*d the reichsknnxler.
I '*«1 you bear any of bis speeches or
any of Wilson's?"
1 said I bad lunl no opportunity to
bear any «* the campaign speeches,
but that 1 had followed them in the
' >'>« r.*ml that the American people
I want to s«*e peace In Europe or do
ar to go on so they
newspapers.
"Well, ilbl you gntli«*r from what
! *'"'y want th«*
H*
«•«in continue to make fortunes out
oar c«»uutry would never be influenced
•'>' such sordid considerations as were
Implied In the relchskunzler s question,
that tf the right kind of peace
could he brought about the whole |
country would eagerly embrace It.
Again l replied that I was certain
The subject of the U-boat cnmpalgn
wus never mentioned and It was not
until several uiontfls later when the j
submarine warfare was started again
on a greater seule than ever that I j
realised that the whole purpose of j
J this interview was to ascertain if they
could, without telling me their lnten
.Ions who was the candidate. Hughes
or \\ llson, who would be least dan
g.-rous to thorn, if_ more American ves
*ol* were sunk In the ruthless sub
»'»fine campaign they were then con
templating.
The election was drawing close; it
was necessary to notify Von Berns
torff of Potsdam's preference ; the kal
ser believed that perhaps he held the
deciding ballot In his hand In the
shape of the German-American vote
, and he didn't know liow to cast it.
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CONGRESSMAN ADDISON T. SMITH
Congressman Smith has actively supported ALL the govern
ment's war plans.
Congressman Smith has consistently sustained the president
in ALL of his recommendations for emergency legislation and
ample appropriations for the conduct of the war.
V
If the voters of Idaho want to MAKE SURE of electing a
Congressman who will SUSTAIN THE PRESIDENT, why not
vote for one who HAS done so, IN EVERY INSTANCE.
Congressman Smith has specialized on the enactment of leg
islation for the benefit of settlers on the public land and has sev
eral laws of this character to his credit.
Congressman Smith has been active in support of prohibition
legislation, woman's suffrage, rural credits, the fixing of a price
for wheat, which will encourage ample production and give the
farmers a fair profit.
Congressman Smith is the author of a bill which has attract
ed the attention of the leaders of both branches of Congress and
is strongly recommended by Secretary Lane for enactment next
session, to provide farms for returning soldiers on reclaimed arid,
swamp and cut-over lands, under the provision of which soldiers
and sailors will have the preference right of employment and
entry.
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Congressman Smith has advocated legislation to regulate
the price of farm machinery, vehicles, harness and other commod
ities farmers have to buy.
Congressman Smith initiated and carried to a successful con
clusion legislation providing for the Government to take over the
King Hill Irrigation Project, for which $600,000 was appropriat
ed, saving to the settlers their homes and earnings of years. A
bill which he introduced over a year ago has been made* the basis
of a systematic plan, strongly endorsed by the Administration, to
encourage private capital to invest in irrigation bonds where the
projects are constructed by the Reclamation Service, under which
the Bruneau, North Side-Minidoka, Fort Hall and other proposed
irrigation projects will be constructed.
Congressman Smith's prompt and intelligent attention to the
requests of constituents has attracted to him a large personal fol
lowing regardless of politics, who are interested in his re-election.
What REASON is there for replacing a man who
has proven his usefulness and worthiness with
who s unknown, untried, and whose political affilia
tion and belief is a matter of conjecture?
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R eagerness with which they a
"t^tedTeTin my «turn from
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The interview with the relchskanzler
at It was Tn Ugated bv
kafaerlIndirated to me that \me^
. , nin . rtont _, Q _.
ioa ^oocuple<l a mc*t^important piau
,n t J l * kn'ser s plan.. l en, a «
**.„*„ ^^ kSaeriî
'ormany, lu>w«ver, all tht h.ii.ir s
planning and plotting of years col
la P 9e ^* The he had ao
confidently erecting came crashing to
the ground because It was built upon
a false foundation. How elementary '
was his expectation that his efforts to |
wln th e friendship of the United ;
States In time of peace could avail ! !
him anything in the face of his bar
baric methods of making war I f
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GEORG F H HINSON
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Kepubllcan Candidate for Sheriff of
Power County.
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1 have been acquainted with a large
number of the older residents of Pow
er County tor many years Th
know my record and of mv „„,<„•♦« «
during ,he time I served one term
Ph orift of Cassia County My 1 record
! ! bere > 9 known, or can be easily
''l™ ™e work of the '
f "" 18 not " ew to me, and my ex
. perience in that office, and mv ac
Quaintance with the peace officers of
other counties, will be an asset in
^ï'suhmi'fmv 01 ' 16 oJ 1 am elected
■»«• thèl ,,, Can . d ^ Wacy to the voters
. in( ° an,i su SS<>st that they
are n( l t. pntirn S iJ° o n< '. er ü II l K me if thoy
n a H ,ded
«ri'.uutjK H. HANSON.
as
sheriff's
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