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[SrECIAL TO THE SXAK.JBLUFF, Ootober 30. Some indication of the troublous times prevailing in tha vicinity of the East Indies and the Philippine Islands is given in a letter received at.the Bluff from an officer of the China Navigation Company's s.s. Pakoi, who incidentally shows how the German cruisers luive been successfully coaled from an American wort. The chief points of the letter, which, is dated from,.Manila, »«* aa follows ;—" We are

cruising round here . without, Sights, keep-) ing a good look out for Germans. We ! left Saigon for here on the 19th with a . full cargo of rice, and lay in Saigon for 19 days before we were allowed to load. No rice is allowed to be shipped unless for a British or French possession, but as our charter had been made before the war the embargo was lifted to let all contracts be fulfilled up to the declaration of war. After we had finished loading the French refused ns permission to proceed to sea until the American Government had given a guarantee that this cargo was for use, only in the Philippine Islands, which caused another three days’ delay. The French people in Saigon are greatly excited over the war, and in the Cafe Do la Teirasse. where wo sometinies have dinner, the band always plays the National Anthems of the Allies before commencing its programme. The P. and 0. steamer Himalaya, which has been &rned into a commerce destroyer, called for provisions and coal. She had a mixed crew of Chinese firemen with French and British bluejackets on deck, and it was great fun to see Jack and Ins allies up town wearing one another's hats. Jack singing the ‘ MnriHllaiso,’ and Froggy singing ‘ God Save the Ring.’ The 0 French bought a bouquet, one night (I believe the Jacks nut them up to it), and in a crowded cafe wont up to Captain Dixon, of the Himalaya, who was sitting at a table with the Consul, and presented this to him. Boor nv’n. l’° looked quite put out. and. being in uniform and having Ins sword. }u* had his hands full. Trie Americans allowed two German colliers full of coal to leave MauiF last time we were there. They cleared at the Customs for some other nor* in the islands, hut did not go there, which docs not .seem to be playing the '■/am o . I sec New Zed and lias captured stanioa.. I hone ran will send me a paper telling me all about it. as we can get '•rry little w-r news round hero. T’ho American papers are one "mass of lies, and we hav° b°en reiving on the French nap-ws for the litth’ news wo can gather,”

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A LETTER FROM THE EAST., Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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A LETTER FROM THE EAST. Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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