Ate As in Skate (Word Families Set 8) by Carey Molter

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Grey to Whitehead, London, 4 March 1910, Minute. 124 Lj. Aleksić-Pejković, op. , 324. 125 Whitehead to Grey, Belgrade 17 February 1910, Serbia FO 371/982. 129 Subsequently, Whitehead tried to save some smaller orders, namely machine guns, for the Vickers, Sons and Maxim Company. 131 On the other hand, sometimes the British government appeared to be the main obstacle to the immediate interests of the British military industry. Sir Ralph Paget had already been formally appointed British minister to the Court of Serbia when a ‘Dreadnought affair’ attracted the attention of a sensitive British public.

However, the British press, another important factor, interfered almost immediately. The entanglement surfaced in Vienna, where no one expected it would, when Henry Wickham 132 Whitehead to Grey, Belgrade, 6 June 1910, FO 371/982. R. Bridge, Great Britain and Austria-Hungary 1906-1914, London 1972, 152-3, BD VII, 696. 134 Count Forgach even mentioned them as ‘dreadnoughts’, adopting the same term that had been used in the offer to the Serbian government, Whitehead to Grey, Belgrade, 6 June 1910, FO 371/982.

100 Barclay to Grey, Belgrade, 21 July 1910, FO 371/982, V. Ćorović, op. , 337. 102 However, even the amicably disposed foreign diplomats were not convinced about Austro-Hungarian innocence in the case. 103 Spalajković was finally replaced, and was sent as the Serbian Minister to Sofia. 104 But the relations between Serbia and Austria-Hungary were so strained that the days of the Austrian Minister in Belgrade, Count Forgach were also limited. Soon afterwards, he was replaced and sent to Dresden, so that Sir Ralph lost the only diplomatic colleague who spoke English fluently.

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