Several European rulers stand next to signposts labeled "France,
Turkey, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, [and] Russia" lining the
sides of a dirt road, with "Servia" and "Roumania" in the
background. The rulers are all keeping an eye on William II, the
German Emperor, as he walks down the road between them.
Kings and rulers; Fear; Signs and signboards; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Abdulhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918; Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894; Carnot, Sadi, 1837-1894
Alexander III, labeled "Russia," looks sternly at William II,
labeled "Germany," who returns the glare, as they walk along a
pathway away from a statue of "Peace," a female figure with wings,
looking doubtful. Alexander III is accompanied by a diminutive Sadi
Carnot labeled "France" who is shaking his fist across the pathway
at a diminutive Umberto I, labeled "Italy," who in turn shakes his
fist, and a diminutive Franz Joseph I, labeled "Austria," who
accompany William II.
Peace; International relations; Kings and rulers; Gesture; Europe; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Carnot, Sadi, 1837-1894
The Roman god "Mars" is shown bound to rocks, imprisoned with
shackles and clamps labeled "Russo-German Commercial Treaty,"
fastened with spikes driven by Nicholas II of Russia and William II
of Germany using large sledgehammers labeled "Ratification." In the
background, a female figure labeled "Peace" reclines in a hammock
that hangs between the standards of each nation. Caption: Peace in
Europe is safe for ten years more, anyhow!
Mars (Roman deity); Peace; Treaties; Commerce; International relations; Prisoners; Hammers; Germany; Russia; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894
William II, the German Emperor, wearing a crown and a regal robe
with a ribbon that states "Sons of Cold Water," sits at a table
with other military figures. Count Leo von Caprivi pours a glass of
"Ice Water" for William to drink. The others are drinking wine or
champagne. Caption: His actions are praiseworthy, but his speeches
at banquets indicate his great need of a strict adherence to cold
water when he dines out.
Wine; Water; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Caprivi, Leo, Graf von, 1831-1899
William II, the German Emperor, wearing a robe and a large
sword, and holding a crown and a scepter, looks puzzled over why
these symbols of authority no longer command the respect he thinks
they deserve. Caption: Medieval Wilhelm--'T is passing strange! -
here are all the attributes of me kingly power; - me crown, me
sceptre, and me royal robe - but the people won't revere them as of
yore. By my halidome! - is Divine Right played out?
Divine right of kings; Respect; Crowns; Scepters; Robes; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941
German Emperor William II, wearing a large robe and carrying a
large sword, walks arm in arm with a tall female figure labeled
"Germania." Behind him, the robe is carried by "Italy," "Austria,"
and others. Standing on a balcony, looking down, is Otto von
Bismarck. In the lower right foreground, a female figure labeled
"France" walks arm in arm with "Russia" who leads her away from the
pageantry. She holds a treaty tightly in her right hand, as she
casts a stern glance back over her shoulder at William II. At the
head of the procession are three men blowing horns labeled "Press."
Caption: The proudest moment in Willy Hohenzollern's life - He
celebrates the 25th anniversary of the glorious victory of
Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871); Sedan Campaign (1870); Anniversaries; Parades; Marianne (French emblem); International relations--Foreign countries; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898
German Emperor William II, with wings made from swords and
handguns, and holding a sword labeled "Absolutism," stands on a
cliff with other "Pillars of My Throne" identified as a soldier
labeled "Military Force," a police officer labeled "Police
Persecution" carrying a club labeled "Royal Crusher," an old man
with a magnifying glass labeled "Legal Arbitrariness," Joseph
Pulitzer wrapped in paper labeled "Subsidized Press" and
"Reactionary Methods," a well-dressed man labeled "Privileged
Nobility," and a teacher labeled "Drill in Subserviency." They are
illuminated by a large sun labeled "Divine Right." The "vision" on
the right shows a scene in "Transvaal" with a female figure wearing
a Phrygian cap and holding a flag labeled "Spirit of Freedom"
rising in the clouds of smoke issuing from productive
Divine right of kings; Liberty; Hypocrisy; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941
Uncle Sam is pictured as a peddler offering "Bonds Sold For
Gold" on a snowy street where he encounters a diminutive figure
labeled "Canada" holding a paper labeled "Sound Currency System."
She points to Uncle Sam's bag of "Silver." Standing on balconies
labeled "England - Sound Currency System," "France - Sound
Financial System," "Austria - Sound Financial Policy," "Russia -
Sound Financial Policy," and "Germany - Sound Currency System" are
the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Lord Salisbury; the President
of France, Felix Faure; the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I; the
Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II; and the German Emperor, William II;
and standing on an unmarked balcony is the King of Italy, Umberto
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Monetary policy; Gold standard; Peddlers; Snow; Winter; Salisbury, Robert Cecil, Marquess of, 1830-1903; Faure, Félix, 1841-1899; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941
William II, the German Emperor, sits on horseback before an
effigy mounted on a pole with a "Notice" that states, "All
civilians must bow before those who wear the Kaiser's coat." A
group of officers are gathered around him and a long line of
citizens are bowing before them.
Worship; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941
A crazed man representing the Czar of "Russia" sits on a throne,
manipulating marionettes that represent "France" (Felix Faure),
"Austria" (Franz Joseph I), "Italy" (Umberto I), "Germany" (William
II), and "England" (John Bull) playing musical instruments.
John Bull (Symbolic character); Puppets; Puppet theater; Concerts; Kings and rulers; Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Faure, Félix, 1841-1899