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LZ? " A CHALLENGE TO THE CHANCELLOR.
‘H‘ IN the last chapter I explained the diiïiculty
lot ‘ in which the Chancellor found himself en-
en E tangled late on the Wednesday night. He
es had allowed the country practically to become
BS' , committed to war, but he had neglected to
Hd secure himself diplomatically against England, `
HY ; and the rupture of negotiations by Austria
;ed i placed him in a most awkward position.
»st, Late that night information came which made
ed. the situation even worse. He received from
ing Prince Lichnowsky a telegram giving an ac-
ina count of his interview with Sir Edward Grey.
W" From this it was clear that his bid for English V
OW f neutrality was fated to be unsuccessful, and A
V that if war ensued he must look forward to
meeting England as well. His whole plan
_ had broken down. We must, I think, take
E it that from this moment he was personally _
" genuinely anxious to find some escape. There I
is no difficulty in believing that from this
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