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E 48 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR
met at Potsdam that evening. When it met lr
the Chancellor was able to communicate the a
'_ official notification which had just been re-
ceived that Russia was about to mobilise. l_
l The proposal to mobilise was then made.
This has always been assumed ; we now know ‘
it certainly from the Chancellor’s statement.
But it was unsuccessful. The Chancellor inter-
vened, and intervened successfully ; the Council
separated without any decision having been T
made. Why was this? It has always been ·
assumed that the reason for this was the
V uncertainty as to England’s action. That this p
was one reason is shown by the fact that as I
soon as the Council separated, the Chancellor, p
on his return to Berlin, sent for Sir Edward E
Goschen, and made to him the celebrated bid
for British neutrality. This was, of course,
in accordance with his whole policy, which
was based on securing British neutrality in gi
gg the caseïof war. But delay caused on this
groundïialone would thoroughly justify the
{ strongest censure on the part of the military
ii authorities. If the plan was not to be carried
‘ through unless British neutrality was secured M
beforehand, then it was clearly his duty to °l
have got it guaranteed at an earlier stage.
What he l1ad done was to allow Germany