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72 THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR
lishing evidence which would in truth, to
a large extent, free him from some portion of
the responsibility for the war. From the
beginning of the controversy he repeatedly
asserted that he exercised the most extreme
pressure upon Austria to give way. For two ë
years the whole world, Germans and neutrals,
as well as English, have been saying: If this
is really true, why do you not publish the
evidence by which alone the world could be
convinced? We now find that his statements
had a substratum of truth. The evidence
was there. Why, then, did he not produce
it ? The answer to this is, I think, not difficult
to find. Supposing the evidence which we
now have had been published at the beginning
of the war, it would have shown that while
in truth the Chancellor personally had, at the
last moment, tried to bring about some accom­
modation, it would also have been evident that
in doing this he depended entirely upon the
initiative of Great Britain. Every proposal
which he made to Austria was merely a repeti-
e tion of what had been suggested to him by Sir
Edward Grey. This, therefore, would have
been most valuable corroborative evidence of [A
the genuine desire and constant efforts made
by England to avoid war. Moreover, it would °
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