t'oTXT I.KttciiToi.i). Minister of foreign. Affairs for AustriaA Significant Htmirarv. is reported Resignation. to have resigned, and, before doing so, to have advised t hut peart- be obtained on the best possible conditions before Auntrife is absolutely ruined. The news, if true, is the most significant that has come across tin- rallies for many -days, as it affords a- more certain insight inty the real progress of events than .an columns of detached cable, matter of a.hernate advances and retreats. Though Herman ambition and Herman policy were the causes of the war. it was the Austrian Ihnperor. guided by the advice of his Foreign Minister. Count Berchtold. acting as the mouthpiece of (on-many, who actually struck the match that set all Kurope in a- blaze, and
within the short space of less than six months that has brought Austria-Hungary to the brink of ruin. I'm thi' last week of duly tho Kmperor of AinDia wrote that lie entered upon what was To prove the n:("i.st. sanguinary conflict in the history of the race "with a serene conscience." Today, poor man. he is "living in a fool's paradise, with tic enemy dra-wing siuwlv hot surely near his capital, and the Minister who .shares with liiin the responsibility for the awful crime that ho helped to !>rii:tr upon the world telling him. not thai all is lost, hut that he should hasten to make peace while there is vet time! If timse st.at-enemts are true. it is
hardly possible tn exaggerate their meaning "\Ye imagine, however, that <on many would leave no stone uiituri!e<l to avoid publicity being uiveit tn so sensational a
comment upon Die accuracy ot nor own official declarations. And the one way by which this could be effected would be to prevent the resignation Ileitis; tendered. Time wars against the War Lords. F.verv week that passes adds to their dangers on laud and sa. and furnishes fresh evidence of the extent and nature of their eonsnira-ov against the peace of the world. Ausltiati (ompiicity with and acpiiesconce in (Jet-man policy are established beyond the .shadow of doubt. The fa. ts are on record, including the Kaiser's barefaced
attempt to make it appear that Ccrmany had been '-brutally and wantonly attacked." Three days after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Herr Von dugow, the Herman For- ign Minister, wrote to the Oerman .Ambassador tit Vienna as follows :- -
Please ascertain what are the views of Count. Berehtold .the Austrian Foreign Minister; with reference to the steps to be taken against Servia. If the iime has come to subject tho Royal, Covernment of Servia to the will of Austria, the Imperial Government of Germany; will support l.iv force of arms anv mcasuv« which, mac 1,0 JeemeU uecossaiw to that end.
This eonimunieatiou has been describe*! as "the first move in the bloody game of egging Austria, on." "We know that Austria did not v.-ish to tight : that sin; could and would have .irrauged l;amis with S. rvia. : and thai both the Kmperor and "Minister were (ompeiled to play the tierman geane. which was war. and nothing but war. The liritisli Ambassador lit Vienna iSlr M. de isunsen: wioie to'Str !■!. lii'ey on July 27 that he was convinced that- the Au.-tro-ihiugariau Note to Servia had been so drawn uji as to make war inevitable, and that the Dual Monarchy was fully resolv.-.i to have v:,c: On July 28 the Austrian .Minister of Foreign A trails informed sir M. de linnsen tha-t nothing could now prevent ;i conflict-, ami that the war upon which Austria--Hungary was about to enter was "just and inevitable." A few hours later the first- shots were tired, the diplomatists gathered together their effects, and the Dual "Monarchy " .<eici\cly " entered upon that treacherous and steep incline, which ends in the bankruptcy of reputations and social and national ruin.
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915