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n months 鏉窞婊ㄦ睙涓嶆瑙凷pa later…. This was all the notice we took of the fifth warning. We earned no gratitude by our activities, nor added in any way thereby to our own safety.

THE HALDANE MISSION

The Haldane mission is a puzzle from first to last. The Kaiser had asked that he

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should be sent…. For what 鏉窞澶滅敓娲绘鎷跨綉 purpose? … Apparently in order to discuss the foreign policy of England and Germany. But surely the Kaiser should have been told that we kept an Ambassador at Berlin for this very purpose; an able man, habituated to stand in the strong sunlight of the imperial presence without losing 鏉窞姘寸枟SPA his head; but, above all, qualified to converse on such matters (seeing that they lay within his own province) far better than the most profound jurist in Christendom. Or if our Ambassador at Berlin could not say what was required, the German Ambassador in London might easily 鏉窞妗戞嬁灏忓 have paid a visit to Downing Street; or the Foreign Ministers of the two countries might have arranged a meeting; or even the British Premier and the German Chancellor might have contrived to come together. Any of these ways

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would have been more natural, more proper, more likely (one 鏉窞419鐧捐姳缃?would think) to lead to business, than the way which was followed.

One guesses that the desire of the Kaiser that Lord Haldane should be sent, was met half-way by the desire of Lord Haldane to go forth; that there was some temperamental affinity between these {290} two pre-eminent 鏉窞涓濊浼氭墍浠锋牸琛?characters鈥攕ome attraction of opposites, like that of the python and the rabbit.

Whatever the reasons may have been for this visit, the results of it were bad, and indeed disastrous. To have accepted the invitation was to fall into a German trap; a trap which had been so often 鏉窞鎸夋懇鏈嶅姟鍝噷濂?set that one might have supposed it was familiar to every Foreign Office in Europe! Berlin has long delighted in these extra-official enterprises, undertaken behind the backs of accredited representatives. Confidences are exchanged; explanations are offered ‘in the frankest spirit’; 鏈夎皝鐭ラ亾鏉窞鐨勭偖缇?sometimes understandings of a kind are arrived at. But so far as Germany is concerned, nothing of all this is binding, unless her subsequent interests make it desirable that it should be. The names of the irregular emissaries, German, British, and cosmopolitan, whom the Kaiser has 鏉窞榫欏嚖濡冨瓙闃?sent to London and received at Berlin鈥攗nbeknown to his own Foreign Office鈥攕ince the beginning of his reign, would fill a large and very interesting visitors’ book. One would have imagined that even so early as February 1912 this favourite device had been found out and discredited 鏉窞瓒虫荡浼戦棽浼氭墍 even in Downing Street.

Lord Haldane was perhaps even less well fitted for such an embassy by temperament and habit of mind, than he was by position and experience. Lawyer-statesmanship, of the modern democratic sort, is of all forms of human agency the one least likely to achieve 鏉窞娲楁荡涓績鐖借 anything 鏉窞妗戞嬁浣撻獙璁?at Potsdam. The British emissary was tireless, industrious, and equable. His colleagues, on the other hand, were overworked, indolent, or flustered. Ready on the shortest notice to mind everybody else’s business, he was allowed to mind far too much of it; an