It is reported with some confidence that immediately on the
receipt of the Russian Note orders were issued to complete the armament of Malta and Gibraltar, to warn the Indian Government, to increase the complement of sailors, and to hasten the supply of breech-loaders to the Militia and Volunteers. A portion of the Channel Fleet has also been ordered to join the Mediterranean Squadron, and many more ships are to be put into commission. No action in the Baltic is possible, but it is in the Black Sea, not the Baltic, that force will be required. According to a telegram of Thursday, Austria is urging her troops forward to her eastern frontier, where it must not be forgotten that Prince Charles of Roumania is a Hohenzollern.