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AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 125
midst of negotiations which were proceeding
Y favourably." It would be desirable that the
' Chancellor, if he expects his speeches to be
T taken seriously, should at least not contradict
Q himself on an essential matter of this kind.
Again, it is remarkable that the Chancellor
speaks of the proposal to refer the dispute
i to the Hague Conference " as a minor matter."
The reason that he gives for neglecting this
proposal is very remarkable. He says: " The
resort to the Hague Conference which the
? Czar proposed sounds at first sight very im-
’p· portant, but it was proposed after the Russian
troops had already been put in motion against H
us." The proposal was made on ]uly 29th,
before any official decree of rnobilisation had
been issued. The movements of troops re-
A3 ferred to can therefore be nothing more than {
3 minor movements among the garrison troops
I and covering troops near the frontier, which
r were of a kind such as were quite naturally
made by every Power in Europe, including
Germany, as soon as it became apparent that
ii a serious crisis had arisen. The contention z
E of the _Chancellor therefore is apparently that
g the movement even of a single regiment is T
by itself suflicient reason for rejecting pro-
posals for arbitration. It comes to this, that