Recollections of My Life and Reflections on Times and Events During It: A Memoir by Father W. J. Howlett

Sees Emperor William, Summer 1876

"That summer we had the privilege of seeing the aged Emperor William. He came to Wertzburg to have a conference with Bismarck, although he did not see the “Iron Chancellor.” The Emperor drove from his train to the hotel in an open carriage, graciously bowing to the throngs on both sides of the street, with his head uncovered and his heavy grey sidewhiskers seemingly to extend farther with the broad smile he wore. That night the students gathered in the street in front of his hotel to cheer him, and nothing could be more soul-stirring than the national anthem, “The Watch On The Rhine,” as it was sung that night by more than a thousand voices."

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