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3624 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.

victorious, Austria would insist upon seizing

most of Macedonia and an outlet at

Salonica, which would be contrary to

Bulgaria's interests.

The Bulgarians were agreed upon one

point, namely, that they ought to take

advantage of the crisis to snatch something

for themselves, but they were at odds as

to whether this could best be done by remaining neutral, by joining the Central

Powers, or by selling their sword to the

Allies. The Greeks, Servians, and Roumanians were given to understand, at

least by indirection, that they would do

well to cede back to Bulgaria the territory

that had been taken at the end of the

Balkan War. Shortly before Christmas,

1914, Premier Radoslavoff declared to

Parliament that if offered Macedonia,

Kavalla, and the Dobrudja, he would

favor forming a coalition ministry-that

is, to consider whether it would not be

well to join the Allies. About the same

time, General Savoff was saying in the Vienna-Reichspost: "We must insist upon the

correction of mistakes made by the Treaty

of Bucharest. We are resolved, in case

this should prove necessary, to take back

by force of arms the territory that belongs

to us and that has been snatched from us."

Bulgaria's attitude toward each side came,

in fact, to be, "How much will you bid ?"

The Allied diplomats desired to reconstruct the old Balkan Alliance, and

hurl it against Turkey, perhaps also against

Austria. But there were many difficulties

in the way. Since their creation, the

Balkan states had engaged in almost

constant bickering, and so great had been

their jealousies and discords that only once,

and then only for a short interval, had

they been able to unite for a common

purpose. They all, even Servia, disliked

the idea of Russia becoming master of