At baths first thing and got on pretty well. Busy at work. Received money. General mobilisation in Russia, Holland, & Belgium. Martial law declared in Germany.
At work as usual. Reservists being called out alround and the Scottish Borderers Band recalled to Pembroke. International affairs growing more serious. Sir E. Grey making big efforts to prevent war. Partial mobilisation of Russian Army. Belgrade bombarded.
Went over to Roker at night with Charlie and Willie and heard the band of the Scottish Borderers. It was very good. Pretty fair audience. Came up on the car.
International Crisis more acute.
Got up 6.20. Went to baths. Tom Vicar back. Busy at work all day. Played the piano a bit at night. Wrote up diary. A good deal of excitement caused by Dublin matters and by Servia and Austria. Troops being recalled to their stations.
War declared against Servia by Austria. Servian ships seized on the Danube. Kaiser holds all night War Council.
Got <up> in decent time and went to work <in> better time. Very busy all day. Got through in good time at night. Played a bit and had short walk with Charlie. Did a bit Pelman. Looked up a bit grammar. Trouble between Servia and Austria & a prospect of all Europe being concerned. Gun running at Ulster and 4 people killed in riot. Mr Whittaker called for Father to go and sign loan.
At chapel and School as usual. Mr Chadwick preaching. Managed very well in both places. Went to Willie and Lily’s to tea. Mr and Mrs Bigg there. Willie playing the organ. Blaikie on his holidays. Miss Hunter away too. A few hail showers and we didn’t walk far. Mr Chadwick announced that we would commence with the [
new hymns crossed through by ALL] old hymn books next month and that Mr Flood will be preaching one day in August.
Busy all morning at work. Boxed with Charlie in the afternoon and played a bit. Read a bit and went over to Roker at night with Willie Whittaker. Listened to the band and walked along to Whitburn and carred back. Rather cold night. Charlie at work.
Servia’s answer considered unsatisfactory. Austrian ministers leaving Belgrade.
Got up at 6.15 and went to baths. Swimming on my back for first time. Received telegram at home from insurance man and he called and saw Father. I went along at night to Whittakers’ and talked with Mr Whittaker until about 11 o’clock. He was unfit. Decided to write and ask Robsons’ what they propose to do.
Austrian Demands considered to imply challenge to Russians. Russian cabinet meetings.
Busy all day. Did some shorthand in the morning. Compensation man called to see Father, but Father was not in at the time. Willie and Lily called to ask us to tea.
Austrian note presented to Servia1 and a reply demanded within 48 hours.
“Servia”: Serbia was commonly so spelt before WW1; cf. Bartholomew’s Literary & Historical Atlas of Europe, publ. 1910, repr. 1912 & 1914, in Everyman’s Library; also Lady Cynthia Asquith’s diaries for 1915/18. The spelling possibly arose from confusion between В/в (pronounced “V”), and Б/б (pronounced “B”) as actually used in spelling Србиjа. ↩