Gagarine-Stourdza, Le collier d’ambre, Salon de Paris, 1914
(313677) No. 48.
Mr. Crackanthorpe to Sir Edward Grey.
Tel. (No. 42.) En clair. Belgrade, July 11, 1914.
M. de Hartwig, Russian Minister here, died suddenly last
He was a faithful and active supporter of Russian policy, although his methods were peculiar. His Servian policy was, so far as Russian interests were concerned, distinctly a success. A. N.
I can only say “de mortuis nil.” E. G.
Belgrade, July 12, 1914.
By a strange fatality Russian Minister’s death took place during a visit he was paying to the Austrian Minister on the latter’s return from Vienna. Russian Minister was desirous of offering certain personal explanations in regard to various reports concerning his behaviour and attitude after the Archduke’s assassination, asto which I am reporting by bag.(1)
I am assured that interview was quite friendly, and doctor’s evidence is that death would in any case have taken place within a few days.
(l) No. 62.
The next day Hartwig goes across to his Austrian colleague. Excellency presses Excellency’s sympathetic hand in silent hostility.
“Soon we shall be squaring accounts,” thinks the Austrophobe.
“Scoundrels,” thinks the Russophobe.
The next moment Hartwig falls from his chair, and in two minutes he is dead.
“Extremely awkward, this happening here!” thinks the young Baron, blind to the symbolic character of the scene. Will the nations understand it ?
Emil Ludwig, July `14
|In Vienna, where there is no Parliament to dis-
turb the circles of war-mongers, public opinion is
being manipulated all the more vigorously. A
large portion of the Press is fulminating against
Serbia, against that “gang of robbers and mur-
derers” the “sheep-stealers” the “nation of lice.”
By the middle of the month the violence is far
greater than at the beginning; and since the Bel-
grade papers answer in just the same way, the
question arises, who began it. Let it not be an-
swered here, or ever ; it is the Delphic riddle of the
war, for which any solution suits and none suffices.
The Counts, indeed, go about their work in pro-
“Have you heard anything?” the foreign dip-
“I assure you, Your Excellency, there is only
“They say Stiirgkh is looking worried.”
“I saw Brudermann driving past ; he was beam-
“Shebeko said openly that he would back Ser-
“Is not Shebeko going on leave to-morrow?
“Dumaine merely smiles.”
“Dumaine always smiles.”
Yes, Tschirschky holds his tongue because he