13 FEBRUARY 1904, Page 1

It is difficult to say where the next blow is

likely to be struck ; but the Japanese are pouring troops into Korea—they have some four hundred thousand men ready mobilised and equipped—and it is believed that they will very shortly move across the Yalu and invade Manchuria. The Russians, on the other hand, are believed to be holding the north bank of the Yalu in force, and therefore a great land battle may be expected before long. At the same time, we may presume that the Japanese will select a place, or possibly two places, one on each side of the peninsula on which Port Arthur is situated, and attempt to reduce the fortress both by land and sea. If so. Port Arthur may possibly play the part of Sebastopol in the Crimea, and the war be drawn to a head there. It is, however, more probable that the Japanese will only mask the fortress, and make their main military advance across the Yalu.