LONDON, July 29, 1914 (UP) -- Horror at the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, and his wife, was overshadowed here to-day by the fear that the gravest danger to the peace of Europe may be the result of the murders.
The killing of the Archduke was regarded here as a concrete expression of the Serbs' determination to resist to the last absorption into the Austro-Hungarian empire. The dread was expressed in all quarters that other assassinations might follow, especially if Austria, enraged by the crime, put into effect further repressive measures against the Slavs and Serbs in her recently acquired territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Should such measures be taken, or even without them, the Servian and Russian interests are to be drawn closer by the killing. German influence over the untried heir to the Austrian throne is regarded as certain to grow with the removal of Ferdinand, who, while a friend to Germany, was strong enough to nullify the preponderance of German influence at Vienna. Lines, it is believed, will thus be clearly drawn between Russia and Germany in the contest for a dominant position in central Europe and the long-expected explosion which has been feared for years may come quickly if the death of the aged Emperor Franz Joseph follows soon upon his latest shock.