GOOD ADVICE TO THE CZAR.
Kaiser Said to Advocate the Granting of Reforms in Russia.
BERLIN, July 24.-- The Foreign Office here if advised that a meeting between Emperor William and Emperor Nicholas took place early to-day, off the Swedish coast.
Emperor Nicholas wrote to Emperor William several days ago that if, during the latters yachting in the Baltic, he should approach the Russian shore, he (Emperor Nicholas) would be pleased to meet him. The German Emperor replied that he would be glad to cruise to any convenient point and the island of Bjoerkoe was suggested.
Emperor William went to the meeting, prepared to say, if he were asked, that he thought Emperor Nicholas could effect a full understanding and reconciliation with the discontented portions of his people only through reform. The German Government is interested in having the neighboring country peaceful and prosperous, for it is toward the Russian empire that Germanys manufacturers look for great trade expansion in the future.
The German Emperor is most reluctant to have either the Russians or others think that he is volunteering suggestions regarding the internal affairs of Russia. He is not doing so, but will only give his personal views on their being asked for. Emperor William has the fullest information regarding the Russian situation and may be able to give Emperor Nicholas statements of fact and deductions from them that are unknown to the Russian Emperor.
The prevailing idea is that the Russian Emperor desired an outside opinion from a ruler of his rank on the internal situation in Russia. His invitation to Emperor William is regarding as being the result of friendship for and confidence in him. Although the meeting is considered as being of high importance for Russia, it cannot signify any change in Germanys policies toward Japan or Russia.
Emperor William had not seen the Russian Emperor since the autumn of 1903, at Wiebaden. The German Emperor went within easy distance of St. Petersburg, because it would be impolitic for Emperor Nicholas to leave the country and visit German waters.
The San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, July 25, 1905, p. 2:3.