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The Kaiser as I Knew Him for Fourteen Years
By ARTHUR N. DAVIS, D. Û. S.—American Dentist to the Kaiser from 1904 to 1918
(Copyright. Hit, by tho McClure Newspaper Syndicate.)
The Japanese.
According to the talk of the German
diplomat* before the war the expecta
tion was that Japan's power would be
used against America at »he Erst op
portunity. Whether the object at this
campaign was to Mir up trouble be
tween Japan and America or only to
awaken thte country to a sense of the
danger which the Oertnans professed
to believe threatened her I don't know.
do know, however, that prospect of
Japans««.American war seemed to
worry the Germane considerably more
than It worries us.
The day England declared wsr
«gainst Germany, August ß, 1914. the
Prince von Pleas called to see me pro
"There will he two war» fought," he
said, oracularly. "The preeeut one, by
which we shall gain control of the con
tinent of Europe forever, and then a
war with the yellow races, in which
we shall probably have your country
to assist us!"
That this opinion was more or less
general In Germany may account for
the fart that from the time war was
declared unlit August 23, 1014, when
Japan declared war against Germany,
the Japanese residents In Berlin were
made the subject of the most sicken
ing attentions. It was reported that
Japan was going to attack Russia, nnd
the German* could not do enough to
show their newly born admiration for
tbe yellow race which they had hither
to so deeply despised. The Jap* were
curried through tbe streets on the?
shoulder* of the populace amt kissed
snd cheered wherever they appeared
In public.
And then Japan declared war against
Germany ! Instantly there was a wild
demonstration tu the streets of Berlin,
which would have resulted most disas
trously for the Jape who had so recent
ly been hulled as friends hut for the
•sioulshlng fact that every single Jap
lied succeeded In getting awsy from
Berlin before the news of Japan's en
try Into the war became generally
In the absence of Japanese upon
which to vent Ihclr spleen, the Ger
mans did everything they could to
make life miserable for those who re
ar added Jape. The few Chinese who
were there were terribly treated either
because they were taken for Japs or
hecanae they were of tbe same race.
Th« Mlamcae minister. Prince Tratdoa,
who was one of my patients, told me
that when his wlfs and children went
out on the streets the crowd* followed
them and Jeered, referring to the Jap
anese aa monkey* and using other op
probrtuus epithet*. They eveu went
so far aa to spit In Princess Trat dim'
face, and the minister dually decided
to *end her and the children to Switzer
land. although he himself remained at
I saw the kaiser shortly after the
Japan*** declaration of war, and he
«ras very bitter «gainst the United
(Mates because of that development.
"What la your president thinking of
to allow a yellow race to attack a
white race! Now the Japanese are at
tacking Klau Cbau, and America could
have prevented It. Alt that America
had to do was to raise a finger aud
Japan would have known enough to
keep ber place I"
He spoke tn this strain on several
subsequent occasion*.
When KlauChau fell he again crit-
icised the United States for not having
slipped Japan.
-How can your president allow
Japan to Increase In power at the ex
pense of a white race?" he asked. In
dignaatly. "Now (Tilus Is lust to the
world forever. America Is the one
power that could have prevented It.
but now Japan has got her fingers on
Chins and ahe Is lost to us forever f*
After wa were tn the war. the kaiser
expressed to me hi* opinion that our
object la taking this step was four
"Ftret." be mid, "Wilson wants to
save (be mooey you bave loened to tbe
aSttea. Second, be want* to have a
mat at tbe peac* table. Third, he
wants to give year army and navy a
Mttl* practical exp* rteoo*—unfortu
nately. at our expense. And fourth,
and principally. be want* to prepare
for tbe war with Japan which he
knows ts inevitable. Tbe Japanese are
tbe ooes which your country most look
■pou as it* mal enemies."
A German officer of high «tändln«
told me just before 1 left Berlin that
America had made the great tutatake
of seeding ammunition, guu* and sup
plie* to Russia, via Japan, because
lapon had Juat retained the finely
made American articles and trad
dumped on Russia a lot of good-for
nothing material of her own In their
place. "My advice to America," he de
clared, "ta to cut the throat of every
Japanese tn America and get rid of
the internal danger." He did not »ug
g *-*< cutting the throat* of alt the un
deutrabU Germane who were in Amer
lea and who had already demonstrated
that tiny were far more dangerous
than the laps.no** had ever been.
Th« Kaiser's Confidence of Victory.
About twelve years ago I attended
the German military maneuver» at
Llegnltz, in HIleala, having been In
vited by »»me Journalistic friends of
mine to accompany them in the motor
allowed the pres*. The military repre
aen tat Ives of England, France, Amer
ica and other countries were there
with the kaiser's stuff to wltuesa the
display of Germany'* military power.
Apparently they were very much tm
preaaed, for I heard afterwards that
one of I he French officers who had
been present had written a book In
which he aald: "With auch an army,
Germany could annex Frauce in six
months 1"
I happened to mention this fact to
the kaiser shortly afterwards and his
slgiilfleant comment was:
"Hlx months ! I should hope so. It
wouldn't take that long I"
The confident belief that when "Der
Tag" —"the day"—filially arrived, Ger
many would crush her enemies and ac
complish her object within a few
months at the outside was held not
only by the kaiser hut by the people
generally ami their conduct when the
war broke out clearly disclosed it.
When Germany's man power was
mobilized, no one In Germany believed
It would be very long before they
would all be back nud every effort was
made to make their few weeks of ne
uve service us little Irksome us pos
sible, "I.lebesgaben," gifts of love,
consisting of clothing ami food of
every description, were forwarded to
them by their relatives and friends lu
the most lavish manner, although, of
(Course, at that time the Germun com
missary was able to satisfy all the sol
diers' requirements.
One of ray patienta told me that she
had sent seventeen hundred pounds of
sausages to one regiment within a
week, nud when I asked her why she
had been so generous she replied thut
her chauffeur was a member of the
regiment 1
The extent to which the country'*
iwnarrea were squandered In those
early month* le evidenced by the fact
that the soldiers had such an excess
of 111 filling woolen wearing apparel
Hint they used umuy of the knitted ar
ticles a* earpieces and covers for their
honte«. No one had the slightest ldeu
that the time might come when the
whole nation would be clothed In pa
lier I
At this late day It can hardly ho
necessary to establish how thoroughly
prepared the Germane were for the
war, hut au Incident which occurred In
the early duya of the conflict may not
he out of place to show the aelf-sutls
11 ed and confident attitude which all
scription two years after the begin
ning of the war," 1 suggested.
"But Just look how luug your war
the Germans assumed.
Two officers tilting at a table In an
out-of-door cafe shortly after the war
began overheard one of several ladles
who were passing remark: "Look at
tht>ae officers sitting there drinking.
Why are they not at the front fight
ing?" CD* of the officers got up and,
approachlug the tadtee, «aid: "Our
work wna completed mouths ago. We
worked from early morning till late at
night on plane which our armies are
now carrying out. It Is our time to
The resistance that France would be
able to put up was always very lightly
estimated, and If tbe luterveutlou of
Kiigland was at all tuken Into consid
eration, the comparatively small army
•he could place In the field was re
garded as but a drop In the bucket com
pared with the well-trained German
horde that was ready to sweep across
the border. How could England's 89,900
men cope with Von Kluck's 500.099 or
the hastily mobilised French smiles re
sist the thoroughly prepared, equipped
and welt-dtsdpliued German warriors?
It Is really not to be wondered at
that the Germans firmly believed that
they would bring the allies to their
knees within a comparatively few
weeks end that the conquering Ger
man armlea would celebrate Sedan
day, September X In Burls. What ac
tually happened la, of course, too well
known here to require recital, hut 1
know that the Germans were kept In
absolute Ignorance of the marvelous
resistance the allies were able to put
up In th»«e critical days of August aud
September. 1914, and to this day tbe
majority of Germans huve not heard
of the battle of the Mura* t
Just after the English passed theUt
conscription law I was called to see
the kaiser at the great army headquar
ters, which at that time were at 1'lesa.
Although the war had then lasted two
or three times as long as the Uermans
had expected, the kaiser masked the
era state* tn our Civil war put tn con
depression he must have felt by put
ting on a bold front.
"How foolish for England to start
conscription now," he declared. "She
thinks ahe ran accomplish In a few
month* what It has takeu Germany a
hundred years to attain. Armies aud
officers cannot he developed over night.
IVe have never stopped preparing since
the days of Frederick the Great !"
"Ye*, your majesty, but the North
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lasted," the kaiser replied quickly.
"This war won't lust that long. The
allies will feel what the power of Ger
many Is long before English conscrip
tion can avail them anything 1"
"And while England I* slowly build
ing up her Insignificant army," the
kaiser went on, "she will see America's
uuvy and merchant marine constantly
growing and the dollar replacing the
pound as the unit of the world's
finance. No, Davis, England will soon
he sick of the war and will look with
fear upon America's growing power I"
The French army, too, wus generally
belittled, and the Ilusslans were be
lieved to be absolutely negligible. The
French army was no poorly equipped.
It was pointed out, that the officers
had to go to the field In patent-leather
hoots, and on the Russian front, only
tho first-line men had guns, the others
being armed with clubs !
Eventually, officers und soldiers re
turning from the western front on fur
lough or passing through the countrj
en route from one front to the other
brought the report of the defeut before
I'nrfs. Soldiers who participated In
that disastrous retreat wrote from the
new trenches to their friends and rel
atives telling of the terrible experi
ences they had undergone, when they
went for days with nothing to eut but
raw potatoes and turnips which they
picked from the fields.
When these reports finally spread
through Germany the people began to
rcullze that their generals In the west
were not meeting with the same success
that Von Illndcnhurg hud had In the
east and Von Hludenhurg became the
Idol of the people Immediately, a fact
that was very distasteful to tho high
The kaiser's dislike of Von Hlnden
burg was of long standing. He had
never forgiven that general for the mis
take he made during military maneuv
ers In peace time when by a brilliant
stroke of strategy he had succeeded In
capturing the kaiser's forces, Including
the kaiser nud Ids whole staff I
I have referred In a previous chapter
to the kaiser's unbounded confidence
after the Italian collapse ln UH7.
"Now, we've got the allies !" he ex
claimed, with an air of conclusiveness
which emphasized the optimism he
After the capture of Roumanla. he
exhibited a similar degree of exulta
tion. He believed that la that achieve
ment he hud successfully solved the
food problem—tho one cloud which
constantly darkened the kaiser's hori
"Now the allies will never succeed In
starving os," he said to me lu my of
fice shortly after the Roumanian drive.
"With Roumanla In our pockets and
Servis already ours, their wonderful
agricultural possibilities will supply
our food needs und foil our enemies'
efforts to starve us. Indeed, they had
better look out for themselves. Don't
forget we have a monopoly on the
(K>tash mines of the world. Without
proper fertilization, American crops
will go ou decreasing and decreasing
ami they won't get any potash until we
get ready to let them huve It 1"
The failure of. the Zeppelins from a
military standpoint was undoubtedly u
great disappointment to the German
people at large, who had counted so
much upon them to brlug disaster to
England, but It cannot be said that the
kutser shared their chagrin. On the
contrary, I have reason to believe thut
he never expected very much from that
arm of his military force except as It
plight he useful to terrorize the civil
A day or two after Zeppelin's death.
In 1917, a putlent uf mlue, a lady, hap
pened to remark that It was too bad
that the count hnd not lived to see the
triumph of his luveutlon, nud when I
sow the kutser shortly ufterwards I
repeated her remark to see what he
would say.
"Hun convinced that the count lived
long enough to see all that the Zep
pellus were eapuble of accomplishing,"
was his ouly comment. It recalled the
answer be had given we some years
before when both Zeppelins and air
planes were In their Infancy and I had
asked him which held the greater
promise. "We do not know. Time
alone will tell," was his reply.
The last time 1 conversed with the
kaiser was on November 26, 1917. Up
to that Um« we had sent over 169,000
troops, according to the figures which
have since been revealed by Secretary
Baker. According to the kaiser's In
formation, however, we had only CM>.
000 men tn Frauce at that time and
he was of the opinion that we would
never have many more.
"America Is having a fine time try
ing to raise an army." he declared
satirically. *T hear that 1,600 mutinied
the other day In New York and re
fused to get on a transport, and a
town in the Northwest composed prin
cipally of citizens of Swedish blood
refused to reg'ster at all ! We are get
ting excellent information about all
conditions In America."
Shortly before this hud come the rev
elations from Washington of the in
trlgue of Count von Luxburg, the Ow
man minister to Argentina, and 1 knew
I where the kaiser wo* getting the In
formation he referred to. In nearly
every case. It appeared, the kaiser's In
formants were misleading him.
Both before and after we entered
the war the kaiser was thoroughly con
vinced that we could play only u nom
inal part In It so fur as man power
was concerned and his assurance on
that point undoubtedly accounted for
his decision to carry through his sub
marine program even though it re
sulted In bringing us Into the war.
"Do you realize how-.many tons of
shipping It takes to ship a single sol
dier V he asked me on one occasion.
I confessed my Ignorance on that
"Well, It taken six tons to the man !
To send over an array of 500,000 men,
therefore, your country would require
.»,000,000 tons of shipping In addition
to the tonnage required for regular
traffic. Where is It coming from, with
my submarines sinking the allied ves
sels faster than they can ever be re- 1
placed? My U-boats are doing won
derful work and we arc prepared to
take care of all the troops America
tuay try to land In France."
"How foolish for America to have
come into the war," he went on. "If
she could succeed in landing a real
army in France, what good would it
do? America can see how easy it was
for me to break through and to cap
ture 5100,000 of the Italians, and they
must realize that I can breuk through
on the western front and do the same
thing there. If Amerlcu had kept out
of -the war she would have gone on
making untold profits and when peace
wus finally declared she would have
been in a most enviable position
among the nntlons of the world. As It
is, Wilson will never huve a seat at
the peace table if I can help it, and
now America shall have to pay all the
costs of the war I" Evidently he Imag
ined thut his triumph would be so
complete that there would be no peace
table, but that the warring nations
would he compelled to accept the
terms he offered them, in which event,
knowing the mngnunlmlty of the Ger
man make-up, 1 should say the -world
at large would have to be content with
very little.
How the kaiser feels now that the
failure of the U-boats to intercept
American troop ships must be pain
fully apparent to him. and America
has so overwhelmingly overcome the
shortage of shipping, I don't know, but
It is more than probuble that for some
time to come the real situation will, at
any rate, be successfully concealed
from the German people. I know that
the failure of the U-boat campaign was
unknown to the Germans up to the
time 1 left Berlin—In January, 1918.
While the kaiser and the Germans
gencrully felt confident that we would
never be able to send many men
across, they professed to feel little
concern even If we did.
According to some of the German of
ficers with whom I spoke, even If we
Innded 2,000,000 men in France It
would not be enough to break the
deadlock, as the Germans were taking
a similar number of trained troops
from the Russian front. The only
menace of American participation In
the war lay In the possibility that we
might add considerably to the allied
uir strength. Mun power alone, they
contended, would never be sufficient to
help the allies much, but overwhelming
superiority tn the nlr might occasion
the Germans some annoyance.
The kaiser himself had but a poor
opinion of the fighting qualities of the
American soldier so far as modern war
requirements ure concerned.
"The American soldier would pos
sibly give a good account of himself
lu open fighting,'* he declared, "but he
is not built for the kind of warfare he
will encounter In France. He lacks
the stolidity to endure life In the
trenches. He Is too high-strung and
couldn't stand the Inactive life which
Is such an lmportaut part of modern
warfare. Besides, he lacks discipline
and trained officers."
Tha Kaiser*« Plan for World Dominion.
The history of modern Germany Is,
perhaps. In Itself sufficient Indication
of the underlying plan of the Teuton
war barons to control the whole of
Europe aud. eventually, the world. The
program has been slowly unfolding it
self since the time of Frederick the
Great and the present generation Is
now witnessing what was intended to
be the climax.
There can be no doubt that If Ger
many had succeeded In her efforts to
gain coutrol of the major part of Eu
toward the western hemisphere and
the east.
This program Is fairly Indicated by
the course of events as history lays
them hare, but 1 have the actual word
of the kutser to substantiate It.
At one of his visits to me shortly
after the beginning of the war we were
discussing England's participation In
she would have soon looked
"tvhat hypocrites the English are!'
the kaiser exclaimed.
"They had always treated me ao
well when I visited them I never be
lieved they would have come Into this
war. They always acted as If they
liked me. My mother was English,
you know. 1 always thought the
world was big enough for three of us
and we could keep it for ourselves—
thut Germany could control the conti
nent of Europe, England, through her
vast posassions nnd fleet, could con
trol the Mediterranean and the far
east, and America could dominate the
western hemisphere !"
How long It would have been before
Germany would have tried to wrest
dominion from England can readily be
Imagined, and with the whole of Eu
rope and the far east under her thumb
America would undoubtedly have
proved too tempting a morsel for the
kaiser's or his descendants' rapacious
maw to have resisted. He said that
he believed that the world was "big
enough for three;" he didn't say It
wus too big for one.
What was really In his mind, how
ever, is Indicated by a passage In an
address he made some twenty-flvo
years ago, In which, as Rev, Dr. New
ell Dwight Hlllls has pointed out, he
used these words:
"From my childhood I have been un
der the Influence of five men—Alexan
der, Julius Caesar, Theodortc II, Na
poleon and Frederick the Great. These
five men dreamed their- dream of a
world empire: they failed. I am
dreaming my dream of a world empire,
but I shall succeed!"
The kaiser's plan to dominate Eu
rope Included the control of Turkey,
nnd he made every effort to strengthen
that country so that she might be a
valuable ally In the war to come.
When Italy took Tripoli from Tur
key before the Balkan war I men
tioned to the kaiser how opportunely
Italy had acted, but the kaiser dis
missed my remark with an exclama
tion of displeasure, realizing, of
course, that Turkey's loss was In a.
sense his own since he had planned to
make Turkey his vassal.
To that end he had sent German of
ficers to train the Turkish army and
had supplied them with guns and mu
nitions. With an eye to the future,
too, he had constructed the great Bag
dad railway.
When the Balkan war broke out In
1012 the kaiser had great confidence
that the Germat^ralned Turkish army
would acquit Itself creditably and
that in the outcome of that conflict his
European program would make consid
erable progress. He told me that he
hnd a map of the war area placed in
his motor and that with pegs he fol
lowed the fortunes of the fighting
armies while he was traveling.
The kaiser had little regard
for President Wilson from the
time the tatter was elected for
tho first time,
drei" was the way he character
ized She president on one occa
sion. The kaiser admired Roose
velt very much, but was greatly
disappointed at the stand taken
by the former president after
the war started. What the kais
er thought of Wilson, Roosevelt,
Henry Ford, and other Amerl
cans la disci ssed in the next in
stallment of Doctor Davis' story.

"A real scoun
Systematic Exportation Would Have a
Great Effect on the Markets
of the World.
An article In a current magazine by
A. J. Sack presents statistics on Rus
sia's forest resources as a means of
paying the billions of dollars due to
home aud foreign creditors.
The astonishing statement is made
by this writer that Russia, including
Siberia, has 1,125,000,000 acres of tim
ber which is 63 per cent as much as
the whole world possessed. This re
source is belug set aside by Russian
economists as a fund to pay the coun
try's debts.
The effect on America's business
should be duly considered, observes
Hardwood Record tn discussing the ar
ticle. Except oak. It continues, which
is generally known In the market as
the Japanese oak. It Is not probable
that much Russian timber will reach
the United States; but It will compete
with American lumber In other mar
kets, notably those of western Europe,
and perhaps those of eastern Asia,
western South America and the Bacille
"To that extent.
, i
says Hardwood
Record, "our lumber business may be |
hurt by the flood of forest products ;
. * , - , *.« vi _ 1
from Russia. In normal times tier- :
ninny received 48 per cent of Its lum- 1
ber Imports from Russia, nnd F.ng- !
land's per cent of timber imports from .
thut source was nearly as large.
"Lumber shipments from Russia will
come from the Baltic, from the Arctic
coast nf Russia proper and Siberia,
and from the Bacific coast of the lat
ter country. The principal lumber
markets of the world can be reached
from those peints''
Drop Freezone on a touchy
corn, then lift that corn
off with fingers
Doesn't hurt a bit I Drop a little
Freezone on an nchlng corn, Instantly
that corn stops hurting, then you lift
It right out. Tes, magic! No humbugt
A tiny bottle of Freezone costs but (1
few cents at any drug store, b*t Is suf
ficient to remove every hard corn, soft
corn, or corn between the toes, and
calluses, without soreness or Irritation.
Freezone Is the sensational discov
ery of a Cincinnati genius. It Is won
Suggestion on Patches.
All men who are wearing their pants
on a wln-the-war schedule mast be
careful that the attrltive pressure he
distributed so that the two rear patch
es may become necessary stnaaHane
ously. A new patch with a worn com
panion patch is not sightly mwl Is not
Indicative of even and symmetrical
war service.—Houston Post.
Have you ever stopped to reason why
it isTihat so many producta that are ex
tensively advertised, all at once drop out
of sight and are soon forgotten? The
reason is plain—the article did not fulfil
the promises of the manufacturer. This
applies more particularly to a medicine.
A medicinal preparation that has real
curative value almost sells itself, as like
an endless chain system the remedy is
recommended by those who have been
benefited, to those who are in need of it.
A prominent druggist says, "Take for
example Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root, *
preparation I have sold for many years
and never hgpitate to recommend, for in
almost every case it shows excellent re
sults, as many of my customers testify.
No other kidney remedy that I know of
has so large a sale."
According to sworn statements and
verified testimony of thousands who have
used the preparation, the success of Dr.
Kilmers' Swamp-Root is due to the fact
that so many people claim, it fulfills al
most every wish in overcoming kidney,
liver and bladder ailments, corrects ur
inary troubles and neutralizes the uric
acid which causes rheumatism.
You may receive a sample bottle of
Swamp-Root by Parcel Post.
Dr. Kilmer & Co., Binghamton, N. Y., and
enclose ten cents; also mention this paper.
Large and medium size bottle* for sol*
at all drug stores.—Adv.
A Land in Mourning.
At dinner parties in France ae flow
ers are now seen on the dinner tables
• no people never go arn»-lu-ann.
This custom of "no flowers" always
prevails among families In mourning,
and as long as French territory Is In
the hands of Invaders a "deuil do
pays" will be observed."—London Ex
Important to Mothers
Examine carefully every bottle of
CASTORIA, that famous old remedy
for infants and children, and see that it
In Use for Over 30 Years.
Children Cry for Fletcher's Caetoria
Suspicious Motives.
Nippen —Funny thing about old Tite
wodd. Ills wife coaxed him »It sea
son for enough money to go on a va
cation. He finally gave her £19 and
told her to stay as long as she (Had.
Tuck—And did she go?
Nippen —No, she thought her hus
band must have had a sudden change
of heart and she had better stick
The "Come-back" man was really never
down-and-out. His weakened condition
because of overwork, lack of exercise, bn
proper eating and living demands. eUmnia
tion to satisfy the cry for a health-giving
appetite and the refreshing sleep essential
to strength. GOLD MEDAL Haarlem Oil
Capsules, the National Remedy of Holland,
will do the work. They are wonderful.
Three of these capsules each day will put
a man on his feet before he knows it;
whether his trouble comes from nric acia
poisoning, the kidneys, gravel or stone ra
the bladder, stomach derangement oc other
ailments that befall the over-zealous Aroer
, i ican. The beat known, most reliable *em
edy for these troubles is GOLD MEDAL
be | Haarlem Oil Capsules. This remedy has
; stood the test for more than M0 year*
_ 1 its discovery m the ancient Inborn
: tories in Holland. It acta directly and
1 gives relief at once. Don't wait until you
! »re entirely down-and-out but take tltcm
. J^money"if they ? do not help you. Ae
cent no substitutes. Look for the atune
GOLD MEDAL on every box, three rises,
"On to Berlin," cried the Britishe».
"Awgwnn," replied the Tank, "Ve've
been onto her fer years."

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