Meanwhile the organiser and controller of all this butchery and destruction had been watching the advance of his armies from a safe place. The Kaiser, satisfied by the capture of Maidstone on the previous afternoon and the subsequent great concentration of troops to the west of that town, was conveyed by motor-car from Ashford at daybreak. General Prankhe selected a site whence the Imperial Spectator might watch in safety the overwhelming and triumphant march of the German soldiers. The Kaiser was installed on the high ground above the Maidstone – Ashford road. He was attended by his Chancellor, secretaries, aides-de-camp, military advisers, the foremost primes and nobles of his empire, and a crowd of foreign attachés.