The Abdication of Francis-Joseph
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The Abdication of Francis-Joseph

Written by Allen Upward

First published as Part 8 of Underground History in Pearson's (UK&US), Feb 1904. Story 8 of 12 contained in the collection Secret History of To-Day
V is hired by the Russian State Minister Witte to travel to Vienna to convince Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria to hire V to find out what the intentions of Russia are concerning Austria all to head off actions by the Russian War Minister who is plotting to attack Austria-Hungary at the earliest opportunity. According to Witte, this is at the request of the Tsar who lacks the gumption to stop the hawkish nobles in his own empire.

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