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100 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR
by an explanation that a better plan had been
suggested and was being pressed forward with
every urgency? Time was of the highest
importance. Germany was in a position to
give the earliest intimation to Russia, for p
what Russia would want to know was not i
merely that the proposal had been made from
London, but that it had been accepted in 1
Berlin. How could she interpret the absence
of any corroboration from Berlin except as an
indication that the German Foreign Office was
treating it with the indifference with which
it had treated all the previous proposals for T
mediation ?
This, then, is our first point. The German
Foreign Office did nothing, and the German
Foreign Office was on this matter more im- ,
portant than the British. I
But the words of the Emperor would natur­ «
ally carry greater weight than those of his
Chancellor. Glaukos tells us that the Russian-
Government knew that the German Emperor
was throwing his whole weight into the ac-
ceptance of the proposal. VVere this true, Y
it would be a fact of the highest importance. T
Unfortunately the statement is one which
is definitely and undeniably untrue. i
On july 30th, the day in question, the