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IO6 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR
mobilisation. He hoped that the Czar would
meet him on these lines and would himself
suspend further preparations, at any rate for
a day or two. ,
In addition to this, when what I may call A
the Pourtales’ formula was received in Berlin,
jagow could have answered that he feared
that this formula would not be acceptable l
to Austria, but that he was in close connection
with London, that together they were agreeing
on a modification of it which he hoped would
be acceptable to both parties, and hoped ;
therefore that Russia would at any rate wait
until the Austrian answer to this revised
formula had been received. i
From Berlin, therefore, Russia learned no- A
thing, neither from the Chancellor nor from
the Emperor. Do not let it be thought that
this is an unimportant point ; if we are to get .
at the ultimate reasons why Russia persisted V
in carrying through the mobilisation, we may
say without fear of contradiction that it was r
the absence of any kind of friendly or courteous ï
message from Berlin. Had the Chancellor or ,
the Emperor made a " pacic gesture," things l
might have been very different, and shall we T
not say that the silence in Berlin was rightly
interpreted as meaning that here was in
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