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Aug 5. Very sultry. last night and to day. [[red underline]] More alarming war news. [[/red underline]] The japanese officers have received further news and japanese are discussing it eagerly. One japanese tells me Russian and German warships have engaged at Aland near Sweden in Baltic Sea and Russians have been defeated. Also that Germany has violated neutrality of [[red underline]] Belgium [[/red underline]] by sending troops thru Belgium.- At noon ships journal publishes [[strikethrough]] fact [[/strikethrough]] that [[red underline]] Russia Germany, Austria and France have all declared war [[/red underline]] officially but that [[red underline]] [[overwritten]] England [[/overwritten]] English [[/red underline]] King is [[red underline]] trying to pacify. [[/red underline]]  Then later rumor here aboard is that one british warship is before Kiel. and that two English merchant men have been taken by German warships. It seems now that there is very little doubt that serious things are happening in Europe. [[red underline]] Will they get wiser by it. I expect that whatever [[/red underline]]
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happens, there will be now [[strikethrough]] a [[/strikethrough]] or at some short time [[red underline]] after the war violent revolutionary outbreaks in Russia. [[/red underline]] Russia after all, that big uncivilized [[red underline]] bully is Europe's greatest menace. [[/red underline]] It seems difficult to realize that while lunch is being served so neatly and formally and the soft strains of the Japanese ships orchestra are playing Gounod's Faust an immense drama is being enacted between the big nations of Europe. all professed christians. [[red underline]] The chinese must chuckle when [[/red underline]] they think about it. My neighbor Fueng Chi asked me this morning [[red underline]] how many people in Europe "believe in Jesus." [[/red underline]] and he seemd to have some fun in asking that question.
This evening it was the [[red underline]] Captain's dinner [[/red underline]] and the dining room was decorated and paper caps were distributed, but there was [[red underline]] no tendency towards jollity. [[/red underline]] Everybody
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