WASHINGTON -- The reported decision of the Germany kaiser and the crown prince to relinquish the Hobenzollern throne was viewed before by officials today as the final collapse of militarism in Germany.
The kaiser, long the center of the military party in control of German affairs, has been held by President Wilson to be the irresponsible agency in the world war, which should be abolished if future peace were to be insured.
Since America's entrance into the struggle, the president has been unswerving in his determination to sweep the kaiser from the throne. By open diplomacy, first directed at the German people, and later bluntly to the German government itself, the president has declared that the Hobenzollerns and all they represented were the greatest obstacles in the path of peace.
It may be said that the president has been firmly convinced for many weeks that eventually he would win his fight against this world figure.
Whether the kaiser's abdication was brought about finally by the terms of the armistice, now in Berlin, or whether he gave up his battle to retain the throne under pressure of the growing restlessness of his people is not known here. The state department professed up to four o'clock to have nothing on the reported abdication.