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AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 105
received from Vienna, and which I have
passed on to London." He thereby, for the
ürst time, gives his approval to the English
suggestion. In view of the last message he ,
had received from the King, it would indeed
have been impossible for him to do anything
else, but he does not do so until he is able
to reject it. On july 30th, when there was i
V still time, he ignores it; on july 31st he ,
refers to it and immediately proceeds to pass
it over. He seizes hold of the pretext of
r Russian mobilisation, and from this moment
I it is that, and that alone, on which he makes
p the issue turn.
Q I do not wish to leave the matter negatively ; l
it is no good criticising what was done, one
l must show what could have been done, and ä
i what would have been done had there been
Q at Berlin a strong, united, determined purpose H
om the part of the whole Government to avoid ‘
war. The German Emperor could have tele-
graphed to the Czar that he much regretted ,
Russian mobilisation, that if it continued it E
would inevitably bring about German mobili­ l
H sation and war, and that to avoid this catas­
trophe he was using his whole efforts to
persuade the Austrian Government to suspend i
their attack upon Serbia and delay any further
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