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30th June

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Ste

Realising there was some potential for escalation, the German ambassador to Austria-Hungary advises against hasty action against the Serbs.

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andigger

If only his warning had been heeded.....

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Kate Wills

The temperature rises to 86.3f, glorious weather for the 4th Northamptonshires annual camp at Ashridge Park. In a year's time they will be enduring the parched heat and horror of Gallipoli, but now they are preparing for tonight's candlelit dance, and there is some excitement as several officers are recalled to their units.

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Guest Brummy

Else where life contued as normal, Dh Lawrence signed up with a new publisher and Mahatma Gandi was arrested in south Africa for protesting Indian rights.

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BottsGreys

"Sir Arthur Nicolson to Sir G. Buchanan

Private

Foreign Office, June 30, 1914

The tragedy which has recently occurred at Sarajevo will, I hope, not lead to any further complications; though it is already fairly evident that the Austrians are attributing the terrible events to Servian intrigues and machinations. As far as the internal situation of Austria-Hungary is concerned though it may seem a little brutal to say so it is possible that the new heir will be more popular than the late Archduke. Of course he is very little more than a mere boy, still he has quite an open mind and is not bound by any hard set prejudices or predilections."

"Sir H. Rumbold to Sir Edward Grey (Recieved July 2)

Berlin, June 30, 1914

Sir,

At his weekly reception to-day, the Acting Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at once began to speak to me of the assasination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his Consort at Serajevo. He had little doubt that this crime was the outcome of a plot hatched by the partisans of a greater Servia. Herr Zimmermann said that he heard that the feeling in Austria-Hungary against Servia and the Servians was very bitter and he could make allowances for this in the circumstances.

The Acting Secretary of State added that he had just told the Russian Ambassador that the Servian Government would be well advised, in their own interests, spontaneously to offer to do all they could to help the Bosnian authorities in their investigations into the origin and ramifications of the plot. In this way the Servian Government, who, he was sure, were not to blame, would give a convincing proof that they dissociated themselves from the motives which had led to the perpetration of this dreadful crime.

I have, & c.

Horace Rumbold"

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duckman

Posters in Belgrade report "Extirpation of Serbs in Bosnia" and "Mass arrests of Serbs". Rumour reports that tens of thousands of Serbs in Sarajevo have been killed, while Austrian authorities stood by and watched. Bunsen writes privately to Nicolson that the "servian press is behaving shamefully."

Neues Wiener Journal commences a series of articles urging "decisive action" against Serbia.

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