BERLIN, July 28, 1914 (UP) -- The kaiser today refused to accept in detail the suggestion for mediation made by Sir Edward Grey, foreign secretary of England. It was understood, however, in official circles this afternoon that Germany still stood ready for a general conversation between the powers over the situation.
The kaiser maintained his first attitude that he could not take any step which would prejudice the position of his ally, Austria.
The foreign office, insisted, however, that Germany approve the spirit of Sir Edward Grey's suggestion and would welcome any practical plan of mediation.
The kaiser took the position that other powers might seek to prevail upon Austria to modify her demands upon the Belgrade government or submit the points at issue to an ambassadorial conference of the powers, but Germany could not interfere.
Assurances have been received from St. Petersburg that general mobilization orders were not issued by Russia. This has relieved much of the feeling that a clash is inevitable.
It is understood here that the English and Italian ambassadors at Vienna and St. Petersburg are bringing every possible pressure to bear to guarantee that the conflict between Servia and Austria shall be localized.
These efforts may be successful, but diplomats here do not believe the two nations will be able to prevent Austria from enforcing the demands of her ultimatum. Austria, it is stated, will not tolerate intervention in the war planned upon the Belgrade government.