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August 6, 1914

The news is received that England has declared war on Germany. I am called to the Consulate once more and am ordered to get myself a ticket for the steamer Manchuria of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. The Consul explains that we will be reimbursed after the war, but that those who can not afford to buy their own tickets may get the money from the Consulate. My firm supplies me with one hundred and six pesos for my ticket. The Manchuria is supposed to leave tomorrow.

The S.M.S. Emden and the auxiliary cruiser Prinz Eitel Friedrich leave the harbor in the evening, under the martial strains of the ships bands.