October 10, 1918
Secretary of State Robert Lansing, who is attending the centennial of the Auburn Theological Seminary, spoke to the New York Times today about the rumor from Stockholm that the German Emperor, Wilhelm II, had abdicated.
He said: "That has been current for some time. Unless we know in whose favor the Kaiser is abdicating, the story has no significance whatever. If it is simply setting up one of his sons in his place the situation would not be changed in the least, but if he should abdicate in favor of a democratic Germany it would mean something."