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y 38 THE GERMAN ACHANCELLOR `J
accepts this account of what happened. His
actual words are : ‘
It is alleged that I delayed the rnobilisation for three
days. Does not the man who hurls at me the accusation I
that I am guilty of having by my delay shed streams l
of blood of our people-does not this man know that .
y we were feverishly engaged during those three days in l
bringing about an understanding between Austria-Hungary
and Russia, and that it was just the Kaiser who was ‘
so anxious to preserve peace for his people, and was
constantly exchanging telegrams with the Czar during
these days? And does not the man see, what must
be clear to the eyes of everybody, that it we had pro-
i claimed mobilisation three days earlier we should have
rendered ourselves guilty of that crime of which Russia
was guilty by mobilising in the midst of the negotiations,
L which were proceeding favourably, against the most
binding promises given to us?
The position is a piquant one. The Chancellor
accuses the military party of gross indifference g
to the ordinary injunctions of international R
i morality and of forcing on war when a peaceful
y solution was still possible. The others accuse
him of gross incompetence, of neglect of the
most elementary diplomatie precautions, and
I of thereby having brought on them untold
y loss, and though they do not yet say so, in
l effect of having lost the war. When thieves
fall out honest men come by their own, and
y in this conflict of opinion we may hope to
äïd more of the truth than we could when