: reading a microfilm copy of the New York
: Times from the day after Wilhelm II's
: accession in 1888 (the entire front page was
: given over to stories related to the German
: succession, as it had been 99 days earlier),
: I came across what we'd now call an analysis
: piece in which the author said something
: like, "One wonders what it means for
: the peace of the world when a man who hates
: his own mother sits of the throne of the
: German Empire." I may not have the
: whole line exactly word for word, but I
: vividly recall being struck by that phrase,
: "a man who hates his own mother,"
: because what I had thought was a royal
: family secret was right there on the front
: page of the New York Times!
"It is perhaps logical that a man who hates his mother does not love anything except himself, his country not excepted, and many people, the Socialists and Jews of Germany perhaps the most of all, may bitterly regret the untimely death of Emperor Frederick and the accession of William II." - New York Times, June 16, 1888, page 1.
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