Birileff Commands the Pacific Fleet.
Japan's Terms of Peace.
Will Fight to the Last Drop of of Blood.
Baltic Fleet in the Pacific,
Yladivostock Railway Cut. United Press Association—Per Eleeferic Telegraph—Coypright St. Petersburg, May 24 Ad. Birileff has been appointed Commander of the Pacific Fleet with the rights and authority of a commander of an independent; force. Toeio, May 24 m. Rato, former Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, interviewed at Tokio, declared that if Russia as ted for peace Japan would insist on an unconditional armistice, and required Russia to return Manchuria to China, recognise Japanese suzerainty in Korea, cede Saghalien to Japan, destroy permanently fortifications at Vladivostok, and pay an indemnity o£ at least two thousand million yen. Such liberal terms offered no occasion for fch© Powers' intervention. Counj; Katsurn, the Japanese Premier, addressing the Japan Society at Tekio, eulogised the British alliance, and said the end of the struggle was far off, but the people were prepared to , fight to their last drop of blood. ' London, May 24 .Ihe "Daily Telegraph's" Tokio correspondent reports that the beet information indicates that the Balrio Fleet is now in the Pacific. It is confidently stated at Tokio that the railway from Harbin to Vladivostock has been cut.'
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905
EAST. Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905
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