Personal Recollections of

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...against Austria and the German Confederation. and that the declaration of war was already posted up on the advertising-pillars. In fact after a hasty walk from Charlottenburg to Berlin I found the nearest of these pillars surrounded by a dense crowd. I was struck by the calm earnest demeanour with which the often changing crowd received the mighty event. No criticizing remark of any sort was heard when the serious and dignified announcement was repeatedly read at the request of the bystanders. Everyone, workman and privileged citizen alike, felt the immense gravity of the fact "It is war!," but nobody appeared to be depressed by it. everywhere it was received with self-conscious calm. It was brought strongly home to me. what a power lies in the glorious past of a people. In perilous times it enhances selfconfidence. allows no pusillanimity to spring up, and awakens in everybody the resolve to contribute his part to overcoming the danger. as his fathers had done before him. As in front of this advertising-pillar at the Potsdam Gate so did it look in all Berlin, nay in the whole country. at any rate in the old territories of Prussia. All political disputes were forgotten or at least postponed. Every man had but one thought: to do his duty. That this feeling dominated all classes of the people was clearly manifested in a meeting. which was called on the very day of the declaration of war by some private persons. with the object of forming a society for the care of the wounded. When a politician began the proceedings with complaints against the government. which had brought on the war. a brief remark of mine sufficed tor reply that war was now a fact. and the only question before us was. how to pave the way for victory, and assuage as more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236526171
  • 9781236526175