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are unaccounted for there is danger, but I assume that as soon as my force has been safely disposed of on German Terrritory, the Warships of the Australian and China Stations will at once search for and definitely locate the hostile vessels, which will clear up the whole situation.  

When this is accomplished it would seem quite unnecessary to further retain any considerable force in the vicinity, and beyond what is required for Garrison duty, the troops might be utilised in some other part of the Empire and the detachement now on the "Kanowna" at Port Moresby could be returned to Queensland.

In considering these operations I am keeping in view the idea that these possessions will be maintained as British Colonies with, no doubt, Rabaul as Governing 


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