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THE KAISER'S PISTOL.

AT THE HEAD OF RUSSIA.

THREATS OF INSTANT WAR, 1 CONDONING AN ILLEGALITY. (By Cable.—Press Association.—Copyright.) (Received 10.30 a.m.) LONDON, March 29. The "Times'' says that Germany has taken advantage of Russia's unpreparedness to put the pistol to her head to compel her to abandon her traditional policy in the Near East. The "Pall Mall Gazette" comments on the spectacle of the creator of the Hague Peace Conference being constrained to condone a glaring illegality under the threat of instant war. It adds: '-Berlin has supported Vienna that Teuton, not Slav, influence may prevail in South Eastern Europe. "It is a repayment for Austria's help at the Algeciras Conference, and demonstrates that Germany's isolation may prove costly to those Powers which refuse to become tools of German policy." GERMANY'S VEILED THREAT. INDIGNATION IN RUSSIA. ST. PETERSBURG, March 29. Russia's acceptance of Germany's Note with respect to the Austro-Servian dispute is likened to the fall of M. Delcasse (the French Foreign Minister) over the Moroccan question. It is understood that when the German Ambassador reminded M. Isvolsky (Russian Foreign Minister) that Austria was Germany's ally, M. Isvolsky reported to the Cabinet the • probability of German mobilisation on the Russian frontier within 48 hours. Realising the unreadiness of the army, the majority of Ministers voted for bringing pressure upon Servia to accede to Austria's terms. The St. Petersburg Press is profoundly indignant at the unreasonable panic behind M. Isvolsky's volte face, and state that the abandonment of Servia will lead to the eclipse of Russian influence in the Balkans for a century. USING THE MAILED FIST. THWARTING TEE TRIFLE ALLIANCE. LONDON, March 29. The "Daily Mail" declares that victory was secured by Germany by the free use of the mailed fist. The two German Powers, with eleven million men and twenty Dreadnoughts building, it says, thwarted the triple entente by sheer weight of arms. The Vienna correspondent of the "Times" reports that an agreement between England and Austria is complete, and Servia is beginning to discharge her reservists. The Powers to-day will invite Servia to supplement her last Note with the formula agreed to between Baron yon Aehrenthal (Austrian Foreign Minister) and Sir Edward Grey (British Foreign Minister). Austria will afterwards request Great Britain to consent to the abrogation of article E"> of the Berlin Treaty, including the sanctioning of the annexations, which Britain concedes, the meeting of a conference of the Powers being left an open question. It is understood that Servia undertakes to reduce her armaments to a normal level, and preserve neighbourly relations. Summing up the situation, the correspondent adds: "Austria has spent thirty millions on mobilisation, but the army is no readier than since 1889. Germany's assurance of full military and diplomatic support has strengthened the alliance, ibut left Austria under deep obligations, j upon which Germany will certainly not hesitate to draw." PARTS, March 29. The "Temps" affirms that the Kaiser and the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir-presumptive to the Austrian throne, have continually corresponded since meeting at Eckartzau on November 4. BRITAIN FALLS INTO LINE. CONFERENCE A MERE FORMALITY. 1 (Received 8.50 a.m.) LONDON, March 29. Sir Edward Grey (Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs) has prom-sed that Britain will recognise the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina whether Servia accepts the formula or not. If a conference of the Powers meets under these circumstances, it will be a mere formality. THE RENUNCIATION. ACCEPTABLE TO AUSTRIA. BELGRADE, March 29. The Crown Prince of Servia's renunciation was read yesterday in the Skuptschina (National Assembly) and adopted, with a single dissentient. The Crown Prince afterwards attended the Cabinet, and renewed the renunciation. Be then visited Prince Alexander, whom he affectionately wished better luck than he had Had himself. The Austrian Press has favourably received Prince Alexander's succession, his sympathy with Austria being known. Article 25 of the Berlin Treaty, mentioned in the above cable, is as follows: •'This provinces of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall be occupied and administered by Austria-Hungary. The Government of Austria-Hungary, not desiring to undertake the administration of the Sandjak Novibazar, which extends between Servia and Montenegro, in a southeasterly direction to the other side of Mitrovitza, the Ottoman Administration will continue to exercise its functions there. Nevertheless, in order to secure the maintenance of the new political state of affairs, as well as freedom and security of communications, AustriaHungary reserves the right of keeping garrisons and military and commercial roads in the whole of this part of the ancient vilayet of Bosnia. To this end

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THE KAISER'S PISTOL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 76, 30 March 1909

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