FS says: Oh Wilhelm … good lord you are sassy here. I love this photo. I always thought Wilhelm was a rather sassy fellow given his penchant for writing ill advised telegrams and whatnot.
In fact, for those Sherlockian’s out there, Wilhelm appears in the canon. In the Adventure of the Second Stain, when an inappropriately worded letter from a foreign leader goes missing and its possible publication threatens the balance of power in Europe, it is Kaiser Wilhelm II who ACD was pointing to as the writer of that letter. He was known for slipping his advisors leashes and saying inappropriate things to the press, and in letters to foreign powers.
Basicly Wilhelm was an interesting figure in a time when the press was exploding in a very significant way. Suddenly you could say things that millions of people could read over breakfast, and suddenly what was in the press could can the course of history. He clearly needed a PR person.
Historian Jack is done now. I just have a lot of Wilhelm feelings apparently.
Kaiser Wilhelm II strikes a pose. (ca. 1914-1916)
Boy let’s make like pre-1871 German states and unify.
Okay I’ll stop.