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The Kaiser as
I Knew Him
For Fourteen
(Copyright, 1918, by the McClure Newspa-
per Syndicate.)
The Kaiser Defends German War
The kaiser was always very careful
about everything which might affect
his health, and even after the war
started, when his attention was natu
rally occupied by many pressing prob
lems, he did not neglect his teeth, hut
came tb me as regularly as he had ul
ways done.
Of this I was very glad, because it
gave me an opportunity to draw the
kaiser out on many of the interesting
questions which the war suggested
and which I found him always ready
to discuss. Perhaps the fact that I
American led the kaiser to
I was not in possession of any of the 1
facts. but I learned afterward that |
four American newspaper correspond
ents had scoured Germany from one
end of the country to the other in an
effort to run down these reports. They
left no rumor uninvestigated, no mat
ter how far they had to travel to ver
ify it. When they had finally exhaust
ed every clue and followed every lead
they had not found a single case to
justify the charge the kniser had made
against the Belgians and which, of
course, the inspired German press con
tinued to report from day to day.
The object of these lies was to jus
tify the outrages which the Germans
were committing in their plan to ter
rorize the inhabitants of the countries
According to
was an
greater lengths in his justification of
German war methods and measures
than he might otherwise have thought
The first time I saw the kaiser after
the war started was about August 10.
1014. Between eleven and twelve
o'clock the night before, I had been
notified by telephone that the kaiser
would like me to attend him at the
Berlin palace the following morning
at nine o'clock. He was about to make
his first visit to the front and wanted
his teeth examined before he w'ent
The work I had to do for him was
nothing of a serious character and did
not occupy more than twenty minutes.
One of his valets stood by to give me
any assistance I might need, but left
the room when I was through.
"Have you been reading in the pa
pers, Davis," the kaiser asked when we
were alone, "how our soldiers have
been treated by the Belgians?"
I said I had not had a chance to
read the papers that morning."
"Well, you must certainly read them.
They've been gouging out the eyes of
our wounded and mutilating my men
horribly ! They call It modern, civi
lized warfare. That's savagery ! I
hope your president is taking notice
of these atrocities."
Of course I was in no position to
contradict the kaiser's assertions, as
they were overrunning.
reports the activities of franc-tireurs
in the occupied territories were met
by the Germans with the most bar
baric punishments, crucifixion and
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cow's miik
especially for
those having weak
stomachs, or a tend
ency toward tuberculosis
Pbysiciaa* S*a Fruicucs
to mother's
similar atrocities being very common.
Undoubtedly the kaiser was aware of
what his soldiers were doing, and to
defend their conduct he lent a ready
ear to the unfounded charges made
against the Belgians.
"I have already framed a message
which I intend sending to your presi
dent regarding the use of dumdum
bullets by the Belgians and French,"
the kaiser went on. "We have ample
proof to establish this charge not only
in the character of the wounds suffered
by my soldiers but in the shape of un
used cartridges which we found in the
captured forts."
Strangely enough, the kaiser sent
off his protest to President Wilson
about the same day that President
Poincare forwarded a similar protest
based upon the use of dumdum bullets
by the Germans.
Regarding the violation of Belgium's
neutrality, the kaiser W'as able to of
fer no reasonable argument. The fact
that he was willing to pay Belgium for
permission to allow his armies to go
through that country was apparently
sufficient justification in his eyes for
taking by force what Belgium refused
to sell.
to sell.
"How foolish of Belgium to have re
sisted us !" he declared, in this con
nection. "Had they consented to let
us walk through we would have paid
for everything—everything !
hair of their heads would have been
touched and Belgium today would be
In the same happy financial condition
that Luxembourg is."
Not a
At a subsequent interview we re
ferred to Belgium again, and the kal
alleged that Japan had violated
the neutrality of China when she sent
troops through Chinese territory to
seize Kiao-Chau.
"It is all right for the allies to do
these things," he commented sarcas
tically. "but when Germany does them
England rises up in righteous indig
nation. The hypocrites ! Why, we
found papers • in Brussels which
showed conclusively that England and
Belgium had a secret agreement by
which in the event of war with Ger
many England was to be permitted to
occupy Belgium! « ( ' ve got those pa
pers In Berlin. We could ha e no
more positive proof against them. The
Belgians were simply England s tools !
Some of the arguments the kaiser
raised in his discussions with me re
garding the war were- so weak and
untenable that one might well doubt
his sincerity in urging them, but I
shall give them for what they are
"They refer to us as the Huns ! the
kaiser observed bitterly. If your
people could see what the Russians
have done in the Bukowina and east
Prussia they would know then
who are the real Huns! They de
stroyed everything they could lay
their hands on. In one of my shoot
ing lodges which the Cossacks entered
they even knocked out the teeth of the g
boars' heads which hung on the walls,
With knives they cut out the covers of
my chairs. They had special fire
bombs which they threw on peaceful
villages. These bombs had been con
structed in peace times and were de
signed solely for pillage and destruc
"Instead of treating their soldiers
as prisoners of war we should have
strung them up by the neck—every
one of them !
Several prominent Poles, who were
patients of mine and whose fine es
tates in Poland were looted and de
molished, told roe positively that the
destruction and depredations
committed entirely by German troops,
The Russians had occupied the houses |
when they were in possession of that
section of the country, but it was not
until they were driven out by the Ger
mans that the acts of vandalism were
committed and they had convincing
evidence that in every case the Ger
man soldiers and not the Russians
were responsible.
The outrage* committed by the Ger
mans in their treatment of prisoners
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of war probably never he known
[ n their entirety. We do know that
y,ey exe cuted Captain Fryatn the
commander of a British merchant vea
w p 0 wa8 ca pture<l after he had
rammed a German C-boat. , I don't
know to what extent the kulser was
directly responsible for that dastardly
crime, but from what he said regard
j n g jp,. capture of another British cafe
ta i n , tb e commander of the Baralong,
was quite evident that he was in
A Q erman U-boat had sunk a Brit
ish vessel upon which were some of
the re ] a tives of the crew of the Bara
entlre sympathy with acts of that
The crew of this U-boat was
subsequently captured by the Bara-
long. and according to reports in Ger-
many they were harshly treated. Then
It was reported that the Baralong hud
been captured and that her captain
and the crew would be summarily
dealt with.
dealt with.
"I hear we have captured the cap
tain of the Baralong." the kaiser de
dared to me at that time. "If we can
prove that he's the man we'll fix him !"
The manner in which the kaiser
spoke left no doubt in my rnind that
the direst punishment would he meted
out to the unfortunate British captain.
Booty is undoubtedly a li^tirlraate
Incident of war, but It Is légitimât®
only as an Incident Otherwise booty
becomes loot. In any event, when In
vading troops seize private property It
is customary to pay for it. That the
Germans were good takers hut poor to
payers is revealed by two incidents
which the kaiser narrated to me. and
the keen enjoyment he derived from
them can be fully understood only by
those who know how much the kaiser
, t a „ for nothing :
gpQke tQ H indenburg about the con
templated camr , a ign against Rouma
nlft he saldi . Thig wiu be a very inter
es{lng campaigD .. It was . We got all
we wanted and didn't have to pay a
penny f or i b »>
Th e kalser beamed all over as he
con templated the results of Rouma
nia . g entry ln the war .
when the German troops entered •
Tarnapol. Russia, at a later time they
cap j U j,p d vast quantities of Amerlcan
mad p hospital supplies,
,. We wgre just figur i Dg what this
gelzure amount ed to. and my army
doctors were strutting around as if
they owned the world," declared the
kalser -„hen one of my officers was
approache d bv a group of long-haired,
g[ew Jews who c i a j me d that these
g app ii a g belonged to them. 'They are
q^j. private property; we bought them
and W e should be compensated if you
gelze them.' they contended. 'Did you
pay f or them?' my officer asked. 'No.
we didn't pay for them, but we gave
my officers, 'when you take up those
notes we'll pay for these stores ; in
tbe meanwhile we'll just take them.'
\ye secured bandages, serums—every
thing, in fact, that we needed so very
j did not know at that time that the
getting something for
"Roumanie wanted our gold for food
products." he told me. "They demand
ed pure gold and they set enormous
prices on their wares; but we needed
what they had to sell and we were
ready to pay even the outrageous
prices they demanded. And then they
foolishly declared war against us and
When I
'Then.' said
our notes.' they replied.
badly, and we got them all for noth
j did not know at that time that the
German army lacked medical supplies,
but later I saw paper bandages in use.
kaiser's defense of the use of Zeppe
| lns against Paris, London and other
aonmilitary cities. He claimed that it
was proper to make war on civtTTans.
because England was endeavoring to
starve Germany. On one occasion I
pointed out to him that in IS it! the
Germans had besieged Paris and had
I have previously referred to the
starved its population,
"The cases are entirely different,
fie answered hastily. "Then we were
besieging a city and the civilian pop
ulation had plenty of opportunity to
evacuate it before the siege began.
England is besieging a whole nation
and trying to starve my women and
children, who have nothing to do with
I couldn't help thinking of the
"whole nations" wfcich had been ab
solutely crushed under the kaiser's
heel—of Belgium. Servi» and Poland.
The kaiser never admitted that the
destruction of the Lusitania was a re
sult of special instructions from him
to the U-boat commander, but in dis
cussing the general subject of subma
rine warfare he asked :
'TYhat right have Americans to take
passage on these vessels, anyway? If
they came onto the battlefield they
would not expect us to stop firing,
would they? Why should they expect
any greater protection when they en
ter the war zone at sea?
"Don't ever forget," he went on.
bullet from a pistol would be enough
to sink one of our U-boats. How can
we stop and board vessels we encoun
ter to ascertain whether they are neu
tral and not carrying contraband? If
what appears to be a neutral should
in fact prove to be a belligerent, or if
a belligerent should heave to in re
- sponse to the command of one of our
I submarines, how could we safely send
•• a
a boarding riirty over when a rifle
shot front the vessel in question would
<end u" to the bottom? Obviously If
America persists In sending munitions
to the allies, there is but one thing
for us to do—sink the vessel*."
When I suggested that while the
vulnerability of the submarine un
doubtedly lessened its value in con
nection with the right of search which
belligerents have under international
law. still the law ought to he ob
served the kaiser interrupted me has
»ii- „.i.i, r. mnrk
tly * '
There Is no
"International law !
»ach thing as International law uny
In that assertion, of course, lies the
answer to all the questions v hieh have
arisen in connection with the conduct
of the
nixed no international law tint wen
guided solely by their ideas of expedl
detnunds of ''kultur,"
course of the war be
The use of pol
If the Germans recog
came perfectly cl
Ked <'ro-< unit-, the count
ties committed against civilian- and
ency and the
then the whole
s. the <h -'nmtinn of tinfor
church*--. the attacks on hospitals and
ss atroct
ither ex-
prisoners of war require n<
No such thing ns international law
any more!
Democracy's Worst Enemy.
The great military machine which
the kaiser hud built up during the first
2b years of his reign "for the purpose
itching for war.
among the militarists that while it
was alt right for the kaiser to a
the role of the "Prince of Peace" dur
e" was con?
of maintaining
fhere was a feeling
Ing the period of preparation, it was
He so
possible to overplay the part,
frequently referred to the fact that
hi" sole purpose In maintaining a large
army and navy was to maintain peace
that the war lords of Germany began
to fear that perhaps he might mean it.
Ferdinand, the successor to the Aug
trian throne, and his wife by a Per
bian on June 2ft, Iftl4. gave Germany
vulnerable spots. The sanctity of rny
a i, v is one of his most cherished ide*.
H e felt sponsor for the monarchies
of the wnrld . as we sponsor for
a democracies. A thrust at u throne
Austria I firmly believe he would have
gone t0 any | engthg to have avenged
• tbe cr jjj, e 0 f g ar ajevo.
Th<- murder of the Archduke Franz
ieh she had been
waiting so long to -tart a European
conflagration and found Au"tr1a as
*he excuse for •
anxious for war a a her ally,
shown reluctance
into war and had Austria refu
chasti-e Serbia for the murder of the
Archduke I doubt very much whether
the kaiser wou!
event to have go
But even had Emperor Franz Joseph
his nation
ed to
to p
e allowed that
It touched him in one of hl" most
was a stab at the kaiser's heart, and
with or without the co-operation of
It is true that the kniser sent a
message <o the czar of Russia ln
which he pointed out that Austria
ought to be allowed to chastise Serbia
without interference from the other
European powers, remarking,
princes must hold together." but there
can be no doubt that that was Very
fur from the outcome dearest to his
heart. If. indeed, the punishment of
Serbia had been accomplished with
out war the kaiser would have been a
most disappointed man, and if Russia
had failed to mobilize her troops,
which gave Germany a pretext for
crossing the Russian border. I haven't
the slightest doubt that Germany
would have prodded Russia Into war.
anyway, knowing that France would
follow. "Der Tag" (the day) had ",
come for which Germany had been
planning and plotting, and nothing on
earth could now interfere with the ex
ecution of the program.
How firmly the kaiser was wedded
to the dynastic idea and how deeply (
he abhorred the spirit of democracy
was revealed throughout the whole .
course of his life, and in his conversa
tions with me he frequently gave ex
pression to views which disclosed how
thoroughly he believed in the "divine
right of kings."
I saw him shortly after Wilson's
elect!? ui in 1912.
"What will America ever accomplish
with a professor at its
asked, sneeringly. "Davis, your coun
try will never be truly great until it
becomes a monarchy !"
head?" he
ilon he sneered at
On another ocoi
conditions in England.
"Look at England today," he re
l 'She is ruled by Lloyd
Why, England is
George, a socialist !
virtually a republic, as bad as France!
What's become of the king of Eng
One never hears of him any
Why doesn't he assert hlm
The tone of disgust with which
more !
he gave vent to these sentiments was
more significant, perhaps, than the
words used might imply.
village, and
to me in no uncertain way, and jour
president received the answer from
m >' people that he deserved! I won
«f the fait that• these meeting
had be« inspired by he government
anil their useful agent, tne pres-, o
whether he was once again making
use of his histrionic ability.
Although Germany Is regarded as
the cradle of socialism, to the kaiser
"Your president Is trying to over
throw- me and my family from the
throne of Germany by his notes." he
commented bitterly, when I saw him
shortly after the publication of the
president's reply to the pop«, "but he
* ... . .
Htt.e understand* how oyal«e my
people and now futile his efforts will
prove. They held meetings recently
all over the empire, in every city and
showed their allegiance
It was a cancer which was slowly eat
ing away the foundations of his
Pire and he viewed its progress with
the direst misgivings.
Before the war he steadfastly re
fused to receive a deputation of so
cinlists and never once gave an audi
cnee to the leaders of the socialist
P ur O' in the reichstag. although the
hends of committees ..f all the other
political parties
ceived in conference.
I, While the reichstag was little more
. in
were at times re
than a children's d "hating society, the
growth und increasing power of the
s/x-lalistle party which was constantly
clamoring for the reforta vote, could
not he ignored, and no douht had a
great deal to do with the militarists'
anxiety not to jiostpone the war too
lor. g.
ever, the kaiser decided to recede
from his position somewhat, and from | l(
the balcony of the palace In Berlin, in
enormous crowd
front of which an
had gathered, he declared signlflcant
: "I reeognlx no parties. We are
now all German?
If anyone imagines, however, that
his kowtowing to the socialists in this
ice of a permanent
-hange of heart, he little appreciates t
how deeply rooted is the kaiser's ah
socialism and democracy.
>f the principal things the
kaiser hoped to accompl -h by prose- W
outing the war to a triumphant eon
n was the blow it would deal to
He felt that
n "tance
was *•
, . k an . lV .i ,. i;
wou a , r r
f>*opte üii'l that their monarch
would shine in the reflected glory of
A suc
heir martial achievements.
•essful war, he believed, would set so
cialism hack a hundred years.
ar brought no
Certain It is the
change in the kaiser's personal habits.
Even to curry favor with the socialis
tic element he never unbent
to th'
iegree in his outward
y of king
In all his
• in people had never
er the
their kaiser other than in
n. and at all military pa
he always rode a
might he most
or revii
white horse, 1
r? •••
hat hi
d tore the royal mae<
tor - had carried
With the death
edieval monarchy
ig about him the
ield not a
His auto
' ■
r: "
*;* ey
,-d f
e of his
pr-r .ga
n by
palace* were maintained in
ceustomed l-orap.
le the knl«er's armies were
• in the f Id. the principle
was cumhating was every
On March 15.
which he
where gaining around.
lfilT, the czar abdicated and Russia,
whose autocratic form of government
had long been the envy of the German
aristocracy, became a republic!
"The downfall of the Russian em
pire was brought about by England
because she feared that the czar was
about to make a separate peace." the
kaiser commented to me. "As a mat
ter of fact, however, neither the czar
nor his government ever approached
us on that subject, and when England
overthrew the Russian monarchy she
With the
defeated her very purpose,
czar on the throne Russia would prob
ably have gone on fighting us."
Although the kniser bore no particu
lar love for the czar, whom he wa«
fighting, he had no desire to convert
the empire into a democracy, and his
bitterness toward England for what
he thought was her part in the estab
lishment of the Russian republic was
lishment of the Russian republic was
very pronounced.
When, a few months later, the abdi
cation of the czar was followed by the
abdication of King Constantine of
ece. the kaiser sustained another
whl , ch hurt f hi '? m,,re than the
" f ODe of hl<l
have done.
armies would
( .
"They are trying to force their rot
■rntie government on
ten form of de
îreece." he declared fiercely,
y they have treat-si my poor sister.
a me and a
the queen of Gri •
is a
They talk about our inva
is grace.
sinn of Relgiuin. but their actions in
I have
Greece are infinitely worse,
s'udb d the English people for twenty
five j
rover their nets with religion and th*
I th* y alwnv< try *
talk of benefits to civilization and hu
inity. but. hypoorites that they are.
they continue to grab all they can get
their hands on just the same!''
The fact that Greece had a treaty
with Serbia which required her to take
tip arms if Serbia were attacked and
that "he had failed to meet her obli
gations in that respect was naturally
nf in. "ignifieance to th'e kaiser, to
whom treaties were but scraps of pa
s military
it he real
'.ir him to
I feel
The keynote of the kaiser
program lay in the fact th:
lzed that It was nee
w in in order to hold h
quite sure that if the allies were wil
ling to concede to German* all the ter
ritory she has conquered—Belgium.
Serbia. Poland, Roumnnia. Russia and
nien] b erj> t he legal profession. "'It'*
* < ;i ' thine f " r " «™ try wh '* n ' t f !S
, tlle hands of the lawyers. Fr..m •
nn( , Jta|y ar „ !llr , :ldy trolled '■ y
tht>m and America and England are
ra pi d ly following their example!"
-j-;,., k:1 i SPr regarded the German
flg ,,,« own property to do with
^ ^ )lkp(1 wht , n j re f e m*.! ro the
"German people" in conversation he
would delicately correct me ! y refer
repiv to "my people."
of Kranw> and restore all her col
up ,, n t -,, nd iti >n that the kais. r
d own from the throne, he would
. . <ir ir. n with ut a mo
^ h. initio
nu*Di > nesuauoo.
„ Your lWltltr> . would like to make a
bUc , om llf German y." he com
m( , n; ^ „ a republic like France, per
dt wn and down all t
^ * ", unTrv ni ?,,i
And he m
hy lawyers'."
i. ned half a dozen of the
who wore
star smen
ring in his
When, for instance. I said *<n one oo
"I understand, y. ur majesty.
he German people an- anxious
ered. "Yes. Davis.
" he an"'
smugly in favor of
vc" m- ■ German per.i
my i
nt as the univers*
should the <
" r
tx- dominât -d hy an earthly raler and
that God had selected him for the task.
To displace him it. favor of a repub
lican form of gov -rnroent, to substi
tute a ruler •
a monarch d<
his opinion th
and the unfoi
that the ma.
1 wi'h
•d h\ a

hy the people for
<1 by God was in
•*t s/irt of sacrilege,
it< part of it all was
.. of his people co
They pr*-f.-rrwj to
ather tl.an
hand of ir
| l( , ,
to rule thi
day they
rnay he a
to th
s of
■rr.' a
|-uie than he
submit so will
(nation he hi
t he idea tha
should follow suit.
- -
•r to
and bec«ij
er"s dom-
- - . ■ ' -'I
of the world
■ I,
Saving Wifey Recalls That She Gave
A nay Garment Which She Plan-
ned on Remodeling.
"Herbert." said Mrs. Pudge, when
the tea things were cleared away, "I
was thinking about that costuma I
wore the w inter before last."
"Ye- d-ar," replied Pudge, appre
"1 decid-d that I could turn it and
s of it. The
is dreadfully
ma jj e a rf -ally nice dr
one I've be.
•n v
shabby, you know."
"Turn. Of course, it would turn,
dear," agreed Pudge, with soma en
thusiasm. "You're
need!• von on. No, I am not flattering.
And, as y-.'u say
trifle on the down grade,
be aide to save money at lea-t by that
Mrs. Pudge shook her head sadly
and g
"There, she remarked, "your mem
ory is just as had as mine.
:ten that I gave
.er little
our other dress U a
Why, we'll
I'd quite
dr-ss to Cou
sci I'm afraid
■ mus: wait. Isn't
f 0
sin Lizzie this spring ;
that saving sch
savage kick and told the clever little
woman to stop her chattering.
it a nuisance. Herbert:"
And Herbert gave the Ottoman a
City Dweller and the Tin Can.
"Here is an astonishing fact," writes
H arr y s. Stabler in Everybody's,
"which the proper authorities will veri
f y for yon:
"Thirty per cent of the business of
( b e wholesale grocers of the entire
country U in canned good*. In the
wholesale houses of New York, Chi
ca go, Philadelphia and other large dt
j es foods make up 40 per cent of the
"The fact is that, if you were to
the take tbe ti n cans out of any city of
the inh&bl
lb e first or second cla
tants would begin to starve aimost at
That means, of course, that
those cities could not have grown *o
large without food conserved in tin*."
of That gun \nho vsioi J
'b* TELL HttA TO V*\S FAC.E <
■'NHAt he Thinks of H\tA,
) so The poor prone
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rvo^ition. I solicit the support of the
• op!e on my qualifications to give
them satlsfactorv service
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'nurtpen rear« entasûd in OEnk
SMkeepin*. ,X*r keeping or
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the office of aud
yr. my experten
rvising the keeping of books and
unis, and feel .hat I am quali
fied in ever* way to fill the office f -
which 1 am a candidate I was fox
seven years with the First National
Bank of Rexburg. four years clerk in
the State Pure Food department, one
In view of the closing of the schools
on account of the Spanish Influenza,
the Board of Trustees desire to im
the patrons the necessity
press upon _
of keeping their children at home as
tauch as ivossible. so as to lessen the
danger as much as possible.
. Done bv order of the Board.
R F NOTH. Chairman.
R O. JONES. Clerk
Dated this ISth day of OcL. 1918.

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