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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - November 11, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE EIGHT THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1918 Downfall of Kaiser Who Aimed to Dominate World wltlch Germany had long piepar ar- "Tho Kajscr in.d king lias decided to renounce the throne. The impe-Hal chancellor will remain in office until tho situation connected with the abdication of the kaiser, the renouncing by the Herman crown prince of the throne of Jlie German empire anil uf. Prussia and the setting up of a. feRency have lieen settled." This announcement yesterday in the Hews dispatches marked the end of n tlrcaui of world dominion which obsessed the mind of Emperor William nnd plunged the world into war. I'pon him and the tremendous military en-giv.o of destruction of which he was the embodiment, the exponent and leader, rests the responsibility of deliberately planning and bringing about the greatest conflict the world has ever seen. Tt does not matter to the world that the kaiser's personal share In the pwift events immediately preceding Hie war have be->n obscured. The world ronvicts him o." organizing, directing nnd maintnlnlng at the top notch of fficiency the great Herman military jnachine. It remembers that he sign rd the order for the Herman mobilization. It remembers that be stood sponsor for the terrorism and brigandage which., under the guise of warfare. Salvaged Belgium, laid waste the cities of France, depopulated and outraged Serbia and sent the Uusltania with Iter freight ot women and children to � grave in the Atlantic. Civilization to Remember Civilization will never forget thai it was the minions of the emperor vho officially shot to death Edith t'avell. the English girl who befriended the Belgians til Brussels. Against these his cry. "I did not will the war." avail as nothing. Before the bar of humanity William H adjudged guilty of the greatest crime since the crucifixion. In htm humanity kccs the lust of tin- autocrats, the ;ffnnl Caesar. Assertions that he is at heart peaceful, so persistently cir .�nlnted for years as to give them the Htamp of German propaganda, become branded as certainly false. He who has long proclaimed himself the prince of peace stands revealed as humanity's Scourge, and against him and all that lie represents rise the new world of democracy and freedom. Many doubt whether William is entirely sane. He bus said repeatedly that he possesses a divine mandate to rule, that the Almighty is his ''unconditional and avowed ally." it Is not entirely clear whether such outglvlnss nre the product of n disordered brain or due to unbounded egotism and an �'ffort to impress his subjects. with the idea of reverent and unquestioning f.ubmisslon. His speeches to his armies in which he assorted he and they-were "instruments of divine judgment upon Germany'; . cubing In iMH>. In which he said he' regarded ilie Herman people as 'a lospuiisibiil.y" conferred upon !-,'.m by Hoil mid that it is "my duty to increase tills heritage for which one day 1 shall he called upon to give account Those who try to interfere with my tasks I shall crush." In all this the world saw before the nar not a menace but a comedy. I' laughed with the then Captain Jos-: �ph 11. Ceghhin of the I'niied States' navy when, returnine from the war with Spain and telling of the clash with the commander of the Herman squadron at Manila buy. the captain recited the famous poem, "lioeh IVr Kaiser." In this the concluding refrain was, in the suppositious words of the emperor: � "Hott pulls mit me-an 1 in it him - Molnself I'nd Hott." ' Some Saw Menace I-e-v.- statesmen realized then i'liat the deluded emperor in his "shining armor." maneuvering his armies and his fleets, building up the German military system, cementing the central j empires and Turkey and fostering the, preaching of the supremacy of auto-; cr.icy .was erecting a machine that one j day would make war upon all civiliza-l tioti. I . Vet the world was warned by some | f.rsighted men that the "mperor would one day bring catastrophe upon the nations. These men saw in him then and see him now as a mad inventor given In his youth the most I dangerous of all toys-his army and navy. : They were his playthings. He de-j veloped them throughout the years i to the point where he had to put them j 10 n teat. Like a crazed Inventor, he I feared the end of his reign would find his Inventions untried, so grasped the first opportunity to wage u world war.  Posed at Driven to War j .Meantime the Herman war party; grew with William as its head am! i the scheme of world dominion await-: ed the hour to begin Its attainment It came with the assassination oi the Austrian archduke. Francis Ferdinand. J and his .wife at Sarajevo. ! Recalled from a yachttnp trip. WII-iara presided ot a conference at Potsdam, of representatives of the German and Austrian armies, navie-and commercial interests. There, according to the best Information ob talnuble, the decision was readied to make the assassination 'if the �i,-ii-duk� a pretense for the world wai Read This Carefully It Is Not a Circular // is of Vital Importance to You! The following ic-'ulutlon has been paused by the City (oun.il. Tteud It carefully. a-:d consider what you will do. IT IS NOT A Hhl'lT! The City must positively enforce the payment of these Taxes. RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, OCTOBER 30th, 1918. WHEREAS the current taxes for l!�ls after th? then irreducible minimum was tully threshed out, were levied at $44D,!41.'J4. of which, urn up to the 21st of October, only s;5�,!�:r..S8. or 571 had been fully paid, aud WHEREAS the City's credit largely depends on the Councils assurance thai at the etui of the >ear an overdraft will not be allowed to pile up, and WHEREAS up to the present lime the Council has been able to make good by financing partly ou surpluses on Currt-nt account and from other source*, all of which are now practically exhausted, and WHEREAS it is very evident that I: the people of l.ethbrtdgo are to meet their tax obligations at all. they should be able to do it this year after two or three years of exceptionally prosperous times, and WHEREAS our citin na have be:-u warned from time to lime that this year .would be the one In which 1011% of current tuxes would lie tvpected. and they should ho preparing to meet this demand, and WHEREAS the sum of $252,922.&s only represents about �".'�[ of the current Uxea for 191S, tt 1� evident that if liberal payimmu nn-ot mafic before the end of the year there will be an overdraft at tne Bank of Montreal of alio* $125,000.00. which would almost surely prevent the City from getting u line of credit for city .Schools, Hoard of Health, Children's Shelter, Police. Fire, etc to begin 1910 with, aud WHEREAS Section � of Title XXIX ot the City Charter provides that "the rateB or taxes levied or imposed for any year Khali be eon-nldored to have been imposed and to be due on and from th- Flr.it day of January of the then current year ending with the elst day of December thereof, unless otnerwUe expressly provided for by by-law under which the aauio are directed to be levied, and WHEREAS the Alberta Government Offlriali hare a��ured us that an amendment to our Charter, exempting all property from tax �ale which paya the fully levy of the current year and ten per centum of the tax arrears, will bo passed at the next session of the Legislature it presented, and WHEREAS we lenrn that some of our taxpayers living In l.etii-bridge and paying taxes in other t ities alio, have paid taxes In anoihir-rai in a war involving :h'> central' powers with Frame and Russia. perhaps the most direct and authoritative of the accusations agaiiut the German emperor and the Pan-Germans are contained in a pnhlisacil ret memorandum of Prince Charles Max I.ichnowsky. who was Germ 111 ambassador at London at the outbreak of hostilities. The prince unequivocally placed the blame for ihe war on Germany, and for his frankness- was Imprisoned in 11 Silesian chateau, per manently expelled from the Prussian house of lords, which action was sanctioned by the emperor, and finally was exiled to Switzerland. Demanded Brutality William's ddiiiin ition over German statesmen, diplomats and the high command of the German army was emphasised by !>r. Wllh'dm Munition, a former director of the Krupp works, the creat (iennau munitions factory in his book on "The devastation of Europe." lu this he not only lays the blame upon Germany for had faUh ami critirir.es the German atmy for Its brutality, but asserts, that In the German foreign office "only he who Hid the emperor's bidding was allowed to remain. They could n't ih> better." h- declares, "he., cause of the character, the power, the vacillation of and continued interference by the kal.-er." It was nr. Mtieh-Ion who ass..r;,.,| the authenticity ' the statement that Kmp'Tor William statfd at a meeting of German army officers that he had plenty ,,( prisoner's and that he hoped'tin officers would see that no more pri.-oners were taker, M iximiliat: Harden, a G.rman liberal huder. ha* declai.d that the German ruler brought 1,:: the war la-cause of li!s Ire: "for .-o:ii' '-lung like world nib- " William h is often proilaliaid hi-' innocence and endeavored to put the onus of the war on tie shoulders of FLY YOUR FLAGS to multo up the pllicieticy of a tleet. Study ol nnvul probem; 1km been ono of his pet occupation 1. His Inlluenco was potent in fosteiing the development of German commerce, art aud science. His interference in these affairs as well as in statecraft often embarrassed German leaders nnd evoked from them admonitions to leave diplomacy to his chancellors. Champion Butcher of Game. In everything be is described ns thorough nnd. withal, among the hardest workers hi the empire. His rising hour Is ti o'clock sharp and a long day's hard work, which freqtient ly- extends well into the night, follows. Stated hours are devoted to the. task of Informing bin.self on the progress of even's at home and abroad through r-::dine of tho principal German and foreign newspapers. Pet'ore the war William often pro-fe^.-i^l friendliness for America. Hit encouraged the foundation of exchange professorship.- by which prominent German e '.in iters visjlted this country and le :ured In the col-leges while American college professors similarly filled chairs in German institutions of loarnim: He is an entlr.i i i-'e yachtsman and despite his wit'-.-i-d arm is abb' o take peisona! 1 ireaiaiid of his rnc-hiK jachts and sail them with con- siderable -success. Ho spent much time at his palatini hunting lodges and la reputed to bo Iho champion hunter In tho world In tho point, of' gamo klllml. It Is stated that ho has killed 01,730 pieces of game, more than 4000 :it which were sings. Dictator In Arts, Too He U a great reader-bis private llbrnry lu tho Imperial palace at Merlin befot'o the war wua becoming ono of tho most Interesting collections of books In the world. He posed ns n dictator in music, painting, pootry nnd acting. At ono time It was announced that he had composed the. libretto of n ballet to bn given in celebration ot his birthday. A private performance of one of his musical efforts is said to hnvp been given in the Potsdam palace without, notable effect upon the musical world. Physically unlmprcssivo - he is short ami Inclined to st outness William is fond of being photographed while striking 11 military posture, though taking good tare to veil the deforming of his left arm. a disfigurement with which he was horn, nnd of which he Is extremely sensitive. He blames his English mother for living a life of self-indulgence and curses her repeatedly as being responsible for bis deformity. No Sympathy For Mother* No description of his personal appearance- will bn complete without men'lon of his full, bristling mustache. His photographs, which he dfstrlhuted with 11 lavish  hand. show It with ond� twirled up belllgqront angles. Ho married Augusta Viciurln, oldest dRUghtor of Grand Huko Frederick of Sehloswlg-Holntuin-Sondur-burR-AugUfltenburg on February 27. 1881. They have six son's and ono ilnuRlitnr, of whom the Crown Prince Frederick Is eldest. With the crown prince, his fnthor has clashed frequently, and on otto occasion vl-' tually exiled vouiik Frederick to Dantzlg, but noon recalled him and fostered him to favor. German mothers who wroto to the ompcror. of tho deathH of their odiih killed In buttle elicited from him no word ot sympnthy. 'to, regarded their dniilhri as "glorious." Yet his own six sons, though holding high coin-miindH, linvo been so protected that tho Imperial family stands virtually nlono in all Germany' In warding oli' tho clutches of death. BLUE RIBBON TEA. 1 You can either take our word for it, or experiment for yourself, but you will find * BLUE RIBBON TEA is in a class by itself-Try it.' alii, at'f the eiitent tin- thi'oin said: "In pursuing = lan e::;;.i.-e .-i Aiwrh 1 lungar: called us to ih g.iry. T! In hi- i the w 11 ch tr 'Klltl it:- int-1- the Ku� .-ppeil ill the w.iV of -. oc.r duty a- an ally  side of An-'rla-Hun-latinn aro-e j-.oi from ;e:npor.irv 1 nnflii ts of inti-re-'- or .lip-l.uiiittle >pi>ad German dominion in Asia found expn-s-1.1011 in his t.iiaeu- visits to Con-tautl-nople. wh-ii he was proclainie I as priitector ot til" Mosl-ni-. In thi.-. the world -aw a cunning nt>-p toward th m II on th" ileath of nis failo-r, Fn-ilerick l|i, ,!'�!.e 1",, !-s< He cam.- out of (h--lnivei-i!'. p ,tui lull', prepare | ;., . l-.ier la, . hiol of -t.ilecraM. Set to cork 1:1 ti.. i-ovciniueiit bureaus, he ...1-, (iirlv tacght the routine of �,f 11-< 11I hn iio-ss under the tutelage vi the ureal Ili-inai'ck. BismiircK is Ousted \l lb.- ill ot h!.( father the im-� P<-r:.il throtie i|i-\.i!vid upon William [1 ulei v.,i- i!o-u lie.', 'ja \i-ara of ai'.e liiniiie: ci: ioni:cic-.| a� ciiainelloi, hut nut for bmk. Though tae great I .-talf--.ui,�n had made ever;, effort lu Instill his vounif pupil with bis own ideas of to, erniii'-iit and diplomat iu . pollcie-.. tin- new emperor soon found that he dis.c-'reeil witii 111s icraud-fathers forme;- < lose alviser in many j important iv.-,poctn. In lV.m the dis-j agreement of the two men reached a j crisis, a rapture- came and nisniiirck i went. The rt-lationa between the two * men rema.ne.! strained for several 1 years, but b-'-fore Dismarck died peace I was made between them. Witii tho passing of DisrnarcV the kaiser'.-: reign begun. As a military I man he is a stb kler for elilciency. discipline and the observance of j etiquette to the last detail. And of ; the details of all these components of army Pre and training he is -familiar to the smallest point. It is. I related that during military reviews I he wai able to deter' the alighttifc'. j Imperfection in the equipment or j training of a regimei't or squadron !and called attention to the dereliction sharply. With the principles of tactics and manowivrc-s, too, ho is thoroughly acquainted. Hesiik-i being well verse 1 in urmy niHtters. William is tiioroughly familiar with naval affairs, having a technical muslc-ry wJt ;U� datails that go THE DAY" The war is won. The guns are silent-the trenches are vacant-bloodshed has ceased-Victory is triumphant-Freedom is assured. Germany, the beaten, whimpering bully of the nations, lies stripped of power, whining for mercy, shudderingly awaiting the righteous retribution to be exacted for his fiendish crimes against outraged civilization. A war-worn world is nursing its wounds and planning for a future of peace and universal freedom. In this day of thankful joy and glorious triumph let us not forget the imperative duty lying immediately before us. Let us manfully, dutifully and determinedly round out the nation's splendid effort. Let us be as big in this triumphant day as our men have been heroic in the fiery din and bloody peril of battle. Buy Victory Bonds! ;