" While yet one drop of life-blood flows, The sword shall never know repose; While yet one arm the shot can pour, The foe shall never reach thy shore. Rest, Fatherland, for sons of thine Shall steadfast keep the Wacht am Rhein."





The castle of Stolzenfels, or Proud Rock, which is set in a frame of foliage, four hundred feet above the river, looks sometimes from the steamer like a castle floating in the air. This picturesque chateau is said to have been in existence for a thousand years, and we can well believe that such a site could hardly fail to be improved at the earliest opportunity. Even in its present restoration, the old foundation walls were used, and its original form was preserved as far as possible.

Like the Rheinstein, the castle of Stolzenfels is now the property of Emperor William; and here his grandmother, the Em press Augusta, loved to spend a considerable portion of her time. Her choice is easily comprehended; for what more enchanting home could be desired than this, in which to pass some weeks or months in calm retirement ? The isolation need not be so great as one would at first suppose; for cities are within easy-distance, the railway and the river lie below, while telephone and telegraph wires convey to it, at lightning speed, the news and gossip of the world. Yet, if one wishes it, here is perfect quiet. A lovely forest offers shaded walks, the air is always fresh and cool, and the magnificent prospect of the Rhine, stretching away for miles to north and south, surpasses the power of language to describe. When traveling in Switzerland, Greece, Italy, or the Rhine-land, I have never failed to have with me for immediate reference a little volume of "Childe Harold"; and it was while looking down upon the Rhine from the terrace of Stolzenfels, one summer afternoon, that I appreciated as never before the lines of Byron:

The Terrace At Stolzenfels

The Terrace At Stolzenfels.

The Knights' Hali

The Knights' Hali .

A Room In Stolzenfels.

" The river nobly foams and flows, The charm of this enchanted ground, And all its thousand turns disclose Some fresher beauty varying round; The haughtiest breast its wish might bound Through life to dwell delightful here; Nor could on earth a spot be found To nature and to me so dear, Could thy dear eyes in following mine Still sweeten more these banks of Rhine."

Almost directly opposite this castle is the river Lahn, another tributary of the Rhine, upon whose banks, in a charming little valley, is the town of Ems, a pretty watering place, which enjoys a world-wide reputation. Upon the summit of a hill which overlooks the town, the Germans have erected a national monument, surmounted by an eagle; for Ems is closely associated with the nation's history. Not only was it for years a favorite resort of the old Emperor William, but, in 1870, it became the scene of an important political event. It was here that the famous interview occurred between the German Emperor and the French ambassador Benedetti, in which the Kaiser's manner was construed as an affront to the French nation. It was the one thing wanting to precipitate the impending conflict. France instantly declared the war which was to prove so fatal to her; and thus the spark, ignited here at Ems, soon set all Europe in a blaze, and caused Napoleon III. to be, within six months, a prisoner at Cassel, and the Kaiser a conqueror at Versailles.

Many stories of the old Emperor's life at Ems are recounted, one of which states that on a certain occasion he paid a visit to an orphan asylum in the neighborhood, and, calling one of the little girls, began to question her. "My little frau-lein," he began, taking an orange from his pocket, "can you tell me to what kingdom this belongs ?" "To the vegetable kingdom," she replied. "Very good," said the Kaiser. Then, holding up a gold piece, he inquired, "And to what kingdom does this belong?" "To the mineral kingdom," she answered promptly. "Well done!" exclaimed the Emperor. "But now," he added, "to what kingdom do I belong?" The child hesitated. She could not say that her revered Emperor belonged to the animal kingdom. Accordingly she answered timidly: "Your Majesty belongs to the kingdom of Heaven!" The old Kaiser smiled, but there were tears in his eyes, as he replied, "My little one, I hope that you are right."