"LOVE FOR -ENGLAND*."
LONDON, March 31. Mr Harold Begin**, the correspondent of the "Daily Chronicle" at Amerongen, discloses intimate details of the Kaiser's exile and personal views of the war. Mr Begbie says the Kaiser is entirely impenitent. He declares that he strove harder than any man in the world to avert war, and laughs at the idea of being tried. There is no power on earth, he says, that can try him. He would destroy himself if he thought he would be arraigned before an International Tribunal, because such an ordeal would be insufferable. "Only God knows," he said, "how I strove at my o;vn peril and the peril of the Throne, to avert a calamity." Replying to a question. regarding German plots, the Kaiser pointed out that German manufacturers' 1 in 1914, with the War Minister's consent, supplied Russia with 3000 machine-guns, 500,000 rifles, and 400,000,000 rounds of ammunition. He had imperilled the throne by withstanding the Generals' demands for mobilisation in the early days of the crisis. Germany was the la&t Power on tho mainland of Europe to mobilise. He adds: I did not want war, King.Nicholas did not want war, and King George did not want war. The rulers were all dead against it. The war was made by tfte diplomatists. The whole guilt rests with the Russian .Government. This rivalry in the Balkans between Austria and Russia precipitated the conflict. Germany was draflfn in because she was pledged to
defend Austria. The Entente- were seized of his tremendous power, and aimed at the German Empire. Queen Victoria constantly warned him against King Edward the Seventh's influence. She said: "Do not have anything to do with him. He will do you no good."
The Kaiser protests- 'his love for England. The Kruger telegram was sent against his wishes owing to Prince HohenJohe's insistence. The Kaiser •laughs at those who refer to 'him as having autocratic power. He says he was never allowed to know the Generals' strategy or the trive course of the hostilities.
The Kaiser hotly resents the charge of organised atrocities, and says that the Lusitania crime was a great blunder, but England's attempt to starve the women and children of Germany maddened the German people. ..The Kaiser deplores Nurse Cavell's execution, which was ordered by a general the worse for drink. The Kaiser says he ordered that no more women were to be shot without his personal sanction.
He defends the methods of the occupation of Belgium, and regards Bolshevism as a criminal alias for Freemasonry, and Freemasonry for him is Satanism.
Hs love for England remains. He continually exclaims, "Can my English friends believe these outrageous things about me?" then moans, "Those wonderfully happy days in England! Gone! Gone!. Gone!"
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919
KAISER'S HYPOCRISY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919
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