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KAISER'S DISILLUSIONMENT

The Kaiser is one of those men (writes Mr A. G. Gardiner in the. 'News arid Leader') whose voltage is always excessive. You feel that a <.k<,y must come when the wire will fuse. And it must be remembered that he has lived on the crest of a pride that has never before known a chock from man or circumstance-. When tile prido of such a. man breaks under him he has no support left. Now, at the end of three mont.hr. ni war, the Kaiser is disillusioned. ii is house of mirrors is shattered, and he ha.s passed into a valley of humiliation more bitter than that traversed by any man in history—more bitter than that which Napoleon passed through as he fled from the field of Waterloo, for Napoleon had been familiar with realities

all his life, tod knew that the p'eßfc migfs at a,nv momezs he against Mm. xUi hypnotism of v.t Prussian helmet is gon«. For n&arfy 50 years ft has held unch* lenccd «*"*y '" iv " ar *' no ni ' or " Europe. The German t«W>e» is stripped of all thffl glamor wt*.h wblch the triumphs of Bismarck and Mcltke invested him. Ha la not only not the best soldier in Europe; lie is not the second best. The fact is not (hit) to intfinsio but to a mistaken tradition. He L not want in g_ i:i courage-, bu< h-- is wanting in individuality. He can advance to be shot down in the mass, for he has been taught that collective courage, but he cannot stand to be shot down alone.

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KAISER'S DISILLUSIONMENT, Evening Star, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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KAISER'S DISILLUSIONMENT Evening Star, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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