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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1914. THE WAR.

The declaration of war between Aus tria and Servia came as a blow after the reassuring news that negotiations for peace were possible. Now that war is declared ie is hard to say where the trouble will end. It ig to be hoped that Austria intends merely to demand the punishment of the minor states of Servia, which is the apparent motif of the war, and that when she has inflicted her punishment she will retire from the scene- Howevar, larger questions may be involved, and the old enmity between the big and liltle Power revived to the full. Servia has thwarted Austria on many past occasions, blocking her way to Con stiintinople. There is another aspect of the case more grave, and that is Russia's position in the crisis. Rus sia is considered Servia's friend, but \ how far she is engaged to help Bervia remains to be seen. If Russia joins in the struggle to help her Slav friend then the war cloud will burst over Europe, and Armageddon will be realised in truth. If the war can be con fined to a small conflict between Austria and Servia little harm will be

done. The balance of power in Europe ig adjusted so nicely that the smallest disturbance upsets ifc t and ones the dogs of war are let loose it is hard to see where the damage will end For the saka of humanity, and in view of our boasted civilisation let us hope that in this case the war will be confined to a small area <

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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1914. THE WAR., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4416, 31 July 1914

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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1914. THE WAR. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4416, 31 July 1914

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