According to the cabled reports of last Monday, the disease of which Frederick III died was cancer of the larynx. The autopsy proved that the larynx was completely destroyed by cancer, and that purulent bronchitis existed. There was also inflammation of the finer ramifications of the bronchial tubes into which purulent particles had entered. The whole larynx was in a state of suppuration, and presented a soft lumpy mass, with scarcely any trace of cartilaginous structure remaining. There was nothing to show the existence of perforation of the walls separating the trachea and œsophagus. The choking sensation from which the Emperor suffered during the last of his life, which was attributed to such a perforation, appears to have been really due to collapse of the larynx, owing to the destruction of the cartilage. The direct cause of death is given as paralysis of the lungs, according to the cable reports.
My last days were nothing but torment
when the cancer had spread to my entire body.
My son who had himself called Kaiser Wilhelm
refused me morphine out of hatred.
The only thing he agreed to
was for the guard not to have to stand at my door
when the man could stand the screaming no longer.
This was how my son was preparing himself
before the great war
where the enemy was to be refused mercy
and the widows’ lamenting be endured.