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Face to Face with Kaiserism

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Author: James W. Gerard
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,498 / 275 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.2
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 782
Added to site: 2007.07.04
mnybks.net#: 17527
Origin: gutenberg.org

In some measure this book is a continuation of MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY, the narrative here being carried up to the time of my return home, with some observations on the situation I have found in the United States.What I want especially to impress upon the people of the United States is that we are at war because Germany invaded the United States--an invasion insidiously conceived and vigorously prosecuted for years before hostilities began;--that this war is our war;--that the sanctity of American freedom and of the American home depend upon what we do NOW.

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picture of military precision.

A friend of mine who was present at Kiel with his yacht, in 1910, tells me that when all the yachts and warships had been assembled along the long narrow waterway which constitutes that harbour, with the crews lined up on deck or manning the yards, with bands crashing and banners floating, the Hohenzollern slowly steamed into the harbour and passed lazily and majestically through the waiting ships. Alone on the upper bridge stood the Monarch, attired in full military uniform, with white coat and tight breeches, high top boots, shining silver breastplate and silver helmet, surmounted by an eagle, the dress of the Prussian Guard Regiment so dear to those who portray romantic and kingly rôles upon the stage, a figure on whom all eyes were fixed, as splendid as that of Lohengrin, drawn by his fairy swan, coming to rescue the unjustly accused Princess. And, alas, the Germans like all this pomp and splendour. It appeals to something in the German heart and seems

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