GERMANY: Die Kaiserliche Familie

¶ Wilhelm II, once Emperor of Germany, turned over a new leaf. Instead of scorning the plebs, he decided to greet them paternally. Old men and boys, old ladies and girls, even squalling infants, he now salutes with a brisk "good morning" as he parades his kingdom in Doorn. "Occasionally he shakes hands, often he distributes signed portraits of himself." Boxes of cigars and cigarettes are distributed and money is given to deserving causes. "Bill" was believed to be making a bid for popularity.

¶Kaiserin Hermine, taking the baths at...

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