On the morning of July 1, the N.Y.K.S. Kitano Maru, having passed the Straits of Gibraltar, was steaming across the Bay of Biscay toward the English Channel. The vessel was making 11.5 knots, and was about to enter the channel when a German submarine appeared at a distance of some five miles to the north. The submarine was seen approaching the Japanese steamer at full speed. The steamer at once took a southeasterly course, making for the French coast. Lifebelts were distributed among the passengers and crew. Just then the bell rang for breakfast and most of the passengers sat down with their life belts on. In order to avoid confusion in case of disaster, all the boats were allotted among the passengers and crew, and were ready to be launched at any time, each of them being loaded with provisions. The German submarine gave close chase for some hours, but the difference of speed saved the ship. She was doing 16.5 knots, while the top speed of the submarine was 13 knots. At noon the ship met a French gunboat and the details were reported by wireless to the British Admiralty. The Kitano Maru will bring back a detailed account of this adventure to Yokohama on Sept. 20.
Foreigners suspected of espionage in Korea and at Kurume and Shimonoseki were arrested by the military police July 27 as part of the extensive drive to eliminate foreign spies, it was by government officials.
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