A WISE WARNING.
Dædalus Bismarck (Political Parent of Wilhelm Icarus).
"My son, observe the middle path to fly,
And fear to sink too low, or rise too high.
Here the sun melts, there vapours damp your force,
Between the two extremes direct your course.
"Nor on the bear, nor on boötes gaze,
Nor on sword-arm'd orion's dangerous rays:
But follow me, thy guide, with watchful sight,
And, as I steer, direct thy cautious Flight.Ovid, "Metamorphoses," Book VIII., Fable III.
*** The Kaiser is warned by the Great Chancellor.
Chorus in the Stern. "Don't go on like that—or you'll upset us all!"
*** The Kaiser begins to alarm his fellow Rulers.
THE IMPERIAL JACK-IN-THE-BOX.
Chorus (Everybody). "Everything in Order Everywhere! O! what a Surprise! Sold Again!"
*** The Kaiser has a finger in every German Pie.
THE MODERN ALEXANDER'S FEAST; OR, THE POWER OF SOUND.
"With ravished ears,
The Monarch hears,
Assumes the God,
Affects to nod,
and seems to shake the spheres!"
*** The Kaiser feels his feet. This cartoon caused Punch to be excluded for a while from the Imperial Palace.
THE STORY OF FIDGETY WILHELM. (Up-to-date Version of "Struwwelpeter.")
"Let me see if Wilhelm can
Be a little gentleman;
Let me see if he is able
To sit still for once at table!"* * *
"But fidgety Will
He won't sit still."* * *
Just like any bucking horse.
"Wilhelm! We are getting cross!"
*** The Kaiser worries his friends of the Triple Alliance.
A NEW RÔLE.
Imperial "Manager-Actor" (who has cast himself for a leading part in "Un Voyage en Chine," sotto voce). "Um—Ha! With just a few additional touches here and there, I shall make a first-rate Emperor of China!"
*** The Kaiser prepares for China.
Imperial Knight Templar (the German Emperor—to Saladin). "What!! The Christian Powers putting pressure upon You, my dear Friend!! Horrible! I can't think how People can do such things!"
*** The Kaiser sympathises with the Turk.
ON TOUR. (Tangier, March 31.) Kaiser Wilhelm (as the Moor of Potsdam) sings:—
"'Unter den Linden'—always at Home,
'Under the Lime-light' Wherever I Roam!"
*** The Kaiser woos Morocco.
NOT IN THE PICTURE.
Scene—On shore, during the visit of the British Fleet to Brest.
Mr. Punch (Photographer, suavely, to the Kaiser). "Just a leetle further back, please, Sir. Your shadow still rather interferes with the group."
*** The Kaiser (not for the first time) is out of it with England and France.
THE SOWER OF TARES. (After Millais.)
*** The Kaiser as enemy of Europe.
Peace (attending the Inter-Parliamentary Congress at Berlin). "Everybody else seems to be my friend; why do you stand aloof?"
German Kaiser. "But haven't I always said that I was your friend?"