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i AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 35
up to the very last hour, regardless of military
happenings, were directed to prevent at any
price the long unavoidable war. In vain were
the warnings of the General Staff. The Minister
of War and men of authority in the naval
department pointed in vain to the necessity
[ of mobilisation. They succeeded in half-con-
vincing the Emperor of its absolute necessity.
On Thursday, july 30th, the afternoon police
papers and the Berlin Lokalcmzeigeï published
the fact of the mobilisation, but the inter-
ference of Bethmann­Hollweg served to nullify
this decisive action.
" Having control, he still held fast to the
hope that with England’s help he would
1 succeed in bringing about an agreement be-
‘ tween Vienna and St. Petersburg. So two
‘ more precious days were lost, costing us not
only part of Alsace, but also streams of
_ blood. Even August ISt, IQI4, would have
passed in the same manner had not the
military authorities declared that in the event
of further postponement of mobilisation they
refused to accept the responsibility for the
consequences. Moreover, the French had or-
dered mobilisation early that afternoon, and
; had already crossed the frontier at several
places, as had the Russians.