On 25 July, Servia responded to Austria’s ultimatum, which had been issued two days earlier on 23 July 1914. Across Waterloo Region, newspapers published articles that explained the demands that Austria had placed on Servia and the Serbian response. The Elmira Signet published this article on July 30 1914, to inform their readership what Servia’s response to Austria was.
Servia agreed to comply with all of Austria’s demands, but had reservations in regards to one point. Austria wanted to be involved in the judicial proceedings against the accessories to the plot that resulted in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914. Servia objected to this demand because it was not customary in international law to allow this type of intervention. The world was unsure how Austria would respond to this reservation.
(“The Troubled East,” Elmira Signet, July 30.)