File No. 763.72/15

The Chargé d’Affaires in Russia (Wilson) to the Secretary of State


News of Austrian declaration of war against Servia just been known and causing great excitement and apprehension. Russian mobilization has been going on quietly several days though decree not published officially as reported in Embassy’s telegram of July 27 [26], noon. The decree now expected momentarily. Strongest influences in highest circles being brought upon Emperor to declare war and I greatly fear Russian intervention inevitable. Am informed by German Embassy that this move will result in German intervention. It is believed here that England and Italy will try not to be drawn in unless forced by later complications.