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102 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR
30th ; no further communication was made by
the Emperor to the Czar till midday on Friday.
Let any reader honestly ask himself what
the effect of this must have been on the mind
of the Czar; it would surely be this, that r
the whole weight of Germany is thrown into
the balance to prevent Russia mobilising in
order to leave Austria a free hand for her E
operations. And note: there is no question
of mobilising against Germany; even mobili-
sation against Austria is forbidden. I should
suggest that this telegram was one of the
most effective methods which could have been
devised if it had been wished to force Russia
to extend her mobilisation so as to protect
herself against Germany.
It is no good talking about the Emperor’s I
mediation. What the Czar had asked for
was " to prevent a calamity, such as a
European war would be, I urge you in the t
name of our old friendship to do all in your
power to restrain your Ally from going too l
far." This had been answered on the 29th
by a justification of the action of Austria-
Hungary and by the opinion " that it is
perfectly possible for Russia to remain a
spectator in the Austro­Serbian war without
drawing Europe into the most terrible war i