Shortly before his death, Ernest Renan, in replying to an enquiry addressed to him by the editor of a certain periodical, expressed a hope that he would live long enough to see how the Emperor William would turn out.That was in 1892. At that time the young Emperor was regarded in most European countries, and also across the seas, as a man bent upon winning the laurels of war.The Americans dubbed him 'War Lord.' The Emperor has now sat for nearly a quarter of a century upon the throne of the Hohenzollerns, and, so far, the history of his reign has not been stained with war.The operations in China and South-West Africa were, indeed, of a warlike character, but they . . .
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