It seems scarcely necessary for the author to explain, as he does in the preface, that the "Emperor Willibald" of his romance is the Emperor William of Germany; that "Prince Ottomarck" is Prince Otto von Bismarck, and so on. A casual acquaintance with the names and the events of the Kaiser's reign must have made the identification ; and there are few newspaper readers who would not have recognised in the strained relations between the Empeior Willibald and his sister, the Princess Margaret, which furnishes the central motive of the story, an imperial quarrel that has long been a public scandal in Berlin.
all endeavours to maintain secrecy in the matter, it is known that within the last week large bodies of troops have been amassed on this side of the Arminian frontier, and representations are said to have been made on the subject by the Arminian Government.
"Two further important items of news are being eagerly discussed to-night in the clubs and places of public resort, and, if true, will tend to render the situation more critical than ever. It is reported on the one hand that differences of a serious nature have arisen between the foremost members of the Arminian Empire, and on the other hand that grave disturbances have broken out on the Russo-Arminian frontier. The fact that these disturbances are said to have been deliberately provoked by Russia adds to the gravity of the rumour."
"New York, June 13.
"The extraordinary disappearance of the Emperor Willibald still continues to absorb public attention here. The 'New York Herald' states that the Duke of Cumbermere, the Noverian Pretende