Somme Guillemont (Battleground Europe) by Michael Stedman

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His plan was to secure the title of Duke of Hohenberg for his eldest son. It was, therefore, in harmony with this intention that the Emperor Charles conferred the title on the youth. One fine quality in the Archduke was his fearlessness. He was quite clear that the danger of an attempt to take his life would always be present, and he often spoke quite simply and openly of such a possibility. A year before the outbreak of war he informed me that the Freemasons had resolved to kill him. He even gave me the name of the town where the was passed it has escaped my memory now and mentioned the names of several Austrian and Hungarian O' who in must have been the secret.

We separated without saying good night to each other. Quite early next morning I was he appeared in my room and asked me to forget still in bed what he had said the previous evening, that he had not meant it seriously, and thus completely disarmed my still prevailing vexation. A despiser of men, with his wits sharpened by his own experiences, he never allowed himself to be fooled by servile cringing and flattery. " Such never found favour with he as people him, always mistrusted them at the outset.

When London and the destruction question, Tisza was entirely in the the conference in Monarchy came into of the right, THE WORLD WAR IN 30 and that he otherwise to the end adhered to his standpoint is proved on the occasion of his last visit to the Southern Slavs, which he undertook at the request of the Emperor immediately before the collapse, and when in the most marked manner he showed himself to be opposed to the aspirations of the Southern Slavs. Whoever attempts to judge in when looking back from to-day, happened to in spite of all former discernible pessimism and objective fashion must not, relegate all that has since facts, all fears, but should consider that, the hopes of a reasonable peace of understanding, even though involving sacrifices, still existed, and that it was impossible to plunge the Monarchy into a catastrophe at once for fear of its coming later.

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