A Neglected Salute
An anecdote is told of one of the sons of the German Emperor which shows that
the faults of youth are common to all ranks, and that princes, no less than
ordinary boys, require to be trained in the way they should go.
This little prince was a great favourite, and his winning ways made him very
popular. It was always his delight to receive the military salute when he passed
through the palace gates, and for this reason he looked forward to his daily
walk with his tutor.
But in the nursery he was inclined to be unruly, and there was at one time
great trouble in making him take his morning bath. One day, to his surprise,
when he rebelled he was allowed to go without it, and he thought he had
certainly gained the upper hand.
Later in the morning, when he passed the sentinel, the usual salute was not
given. He stormed and raged, but no notice was taken. At luncheon, the little
prince, with tears of wrath, complained of the insult which had been offered
him, fully expecting the immediate punishment of the sentinel.
But the Emperor only shook his head. 'What else could you expect' he said.
'Surely you did not imagine that the guard would salute a dirty boy?'
After this there was no more trouble about the morning tubs.