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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... and obviously undergoing
acute mental suffering. It seemed to me strangely characteristic of
the man, that at a time when a cloud had obscured his popularity
with his people, when he was smarting under the sense of having,
with the very best intentions in the world, by his candid
indiscretions, brought a storm of resentment and criticism upon his
own head, at the moment when, if ever, a man needed to be alone
with himself and his own thoughts, he had not thought fit to
dispense with the attendance of his gentlemen, and had chosen a
very conspicuous part of the Palace grounds in which to air the
undoubted heaviness and depression of mind from which he was
suffering. CHAPTER IX THE KAISER OOKING back across the intervening
years I which separate me from the day in I902 when I first saw and
spoke to the Kaiser, I try to recall my impressions of him before
and after that time, the man as I pictured him in my mind, and the
man I dis covered him to be during the seven years in which I had
opportunities to sa, hear, and study that unique personality. He
had seized my imagination, as he has seized that of many others.
There was something so human, even in his blunders, something that
kept him from the remoteness of other monarchs, who moved like
well-regulated machinery across the vision of the world, keeping
their proper places in the orbit of their respective spheres; but
here was one who turned no merely oflicial face to the public, but
put his own personality, his individual tastes and manner of
thought candidly before it, who seemed to conceal nothing, to take
every one into his confidence and be charmingly, indiscreetly frank
and open. _ The German Emperor had long ago galvanized the:4 world
into alert expectation, was alternately admired...
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