The Baltic Fleet Seen Coaling.
Russians Hoping to Embroil Britain.
Japan Assuming a Warlike 'lone.
Japanese Traders Boycotting 1 the French.
Eeceived May 9, 7.23 a.m. London, May 8 A report from Labuan dated to-day, states that the steamer Chiengmai saw on Friday, seventy miles north-east of Labuan, a large i unknown fleet m two divisions. The fleet was stationary and apparently coaling. St. Petersbubg, May 8 Officials are exultant at the Japanese irritation over Rozjestvenski's stay m lndoChina waters. The Russians hope Japan i will furnish Russia with a pretext for dragging France into an imbroglio involving Britain. The Tokio newspaper " Asahi Shimbun" is publishing warlike articles, and declares that all reports of Rozjestvenski's movements emanate from merchantmen which are the French organs of communication with Rozjestvenski, and which ara acting m Russia's interests. The paper adds that France practically leaves the coast free to the Eussians, and it will be unavoidable if Japan is compelled to bombard French territory. The " Times " Tokio correspondent states that the united Chambers of Commerce m Japan are concerting measures to exclude all commercial transactions with Frenchmen.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6565, 9 May 1905
The Baltic Fleet Seen Coaling. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6565, 9 May 1905
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