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(1920) [MARC] Author: Anatolij Nekljudov - Tema: War, Russia
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English colleague. He made a note of my request and
made it a condition of compensation for the licences
demanded by Sweden. Finally, arrangements for general
trade which passed from time to time between Sweden
and England always contained clauses in our favour: a
few hundred lathes to be allowed to go into Russia, the
transit of such and such commodities to be allowed to
us, etc.

These almost daily conferences with my allied
colleagues have left me the pleasantest memories. We
communicated everything we knew to each other, and
we were all four imbued with the same faith and the
same conviction—that come what may, the war must be
ended by the complete victory of the Allies, and could
end in no other way.

The complete cohesion of the Entente Ministers was
all the more fortunate because in the person of the
German representative to Stockholm we had met our
match.

A few weeks after the declaration of war, the
disengaged German Minister to the Mpret of Albania, Baron
von Lucius, was sent, by Berlin’s order, to support Herr
von Reichenau. Up to 1913 Baron von Lucius had held
the post of Counsellor to the Embassy in St. Petersburg,
and had then been sent to the Prince of Wied who was
taking up his royal duties in the land of the Skipetars.
It was then that I drew the best horoscope for the
new dynasty by predicting that there would always be
a Wied (vide) on the Albanian throne. This punning
prophecy was not long in being fulfilled; from the
summer of 1914 the Mpret and Baron von Lucius were
both disengaged again.

I had known Lucius in Paris, and had seen him again
several times in St. Petersburg, where he had not gone
down
in society. He was accused of political
intrigues—which was quite true—and of intrigues against his
chief—which was possibly untrue; in March, 1914, when
a striking and much commented-on article entitled “Der

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