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MANIFESTO OF THE EMPEROB OF…

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MANIFESTO OF THE EMPEROB OF AUSTRIA. The following ara the most important passages of an Imperial manifesto to the Austrian people, issued on Sunday last:— "On the northern and southern frontiers of the empire are arrayed the armies of two allied enemies of Austria, with the intention of shaking the foun- dation of her position as an European Power. To neither of them has Austria given any cause for war. The preservation of the blessings of peace to the people of Austria has always been regarded by me as one of the first and most sacred of my duties as Sovereign, and one I have always considered myself bound faithfully to fulfil. But one of the hostile Powers deems no pretext necessary to justify its lust for the plunder of a portion of the Austrian Monarchy. In the eyes of that Power a favourable opportunity is sufficient cause for war. Two years ago wo were allied with Prussia, and a. part of my beloved Austrian army was drawn to the coast of the North Sea, in company with the Prussian troops (against whom we are now arrayed as enemies) to preserve rights accorded by treaty, to protect a threatened German nationality, to confine the misery of an un- avoidable war to its narrowest limits, and to obtain a lasting guarantee of peace necessary for the welfare of Austria, Germany, and Earope. Austria sought no conquests and bears no part of the blame for the sad list of unhappy complications which, had Prussia's intentions been equally disinterested, weuld never have arisen, and which have been brought about for the accomplishment of selfish objects, and are there- fore not susceptible of a peaceful solution by my Government." The manifesto then mentions the course of the ne- gotiations for the preservation of peace, which were carried on first wit a Prussia and subsequently with the other great Powers, and then enumerates the acts of violence committed by Prussia-viz., the entry of her troops into Holstein, the dissolution of the Estates convoked by the Imperial Governor of the Duchy, and the movement by which the Prussian troops, ten times superior in numbers, forced the Austrians to retire. It further declares that Prussia tore asunder the band of German unity by declaring her secession from the Confederation, and by proceeding with military force against the Sovereigns who re- mained true to the Bund. The manifesto then proceeds:— Therefore, the most fatal of wars, a war of Ger- mans against Germans, has become unavoidable. For all the misery which it will entail upon families, dis- tricts, and countries I make those who have provoked it answerable before the tribunal of posterity and of the Almighty and Eternal God. I advance to the conflict with that confidence which is afforded by a just cause, with the consciousness of the power which exists in » great empire where prince and people are penetrated with but one and the same thought—namely, the rights of Austria—asd with fresh and uifailing cour- age at the sight of my armed and valiant soldiers, who form a against which the power of Austria's enemies will be shattered, as well as at tfca sight cf my faithful peoples, who look up;to we, united, self- saeriSeiBg, and resolved. The prints and peoples of Germany are award of the dagger which threatens their liberty and indspe^enee, and nøi¡ only ourselves bat also out-German^brethren of the Confederation are l ia arms, f the of those objeefea whiíih all. | nations are bound to defend. We have been absolutely forced to take up arms. Since, then, in the midst of the work of peace which I had undertaken, with the view to lay the basis of a Constitution which should consolidate the unity of the whole empire and its posi- tion as a great Power, my Sovereign duties have com- pelled me to place the entire army upon a war foot- ing, we have taken up arms, and now we must not and will not lay them down until we have secured Austria and our Confederate German States their free internal development and their rightful position ia Europe."

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