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Mr. G. Shepherd to Viscount Halifax.
(Telegraphic.) Danzig, July 1, 1939.
YESTERDAY morning four German army officers in mufti arrived here by night express from Berlin to organise Danzig Heimwehr.
2. All approaches to hills and dismantled fort, which constitute a popular public promenade on western fringe of the city have been closed with barbed wire and "Verboten" notices.
3. The walls surrounding the shipyards bear placards "Comrades, keep your mouths shut lest you regret consequences."
4. Master of a British steamship whilst he was roving Königsberg from 28th June to 30th June observed considerable military activity, including extensive shipment of camouflaged covered lorries and similar material by small coasting vessels. On 28th June four medium-sized steamers loaded with troops, lorries, field kitchens, &c., left Königsberg ostensibly returning to Hamburg after manoeuvres but actually proceeding to Stettin. Names of steamers were Hohenhorn, with heavy derricks each capable of lifting about 50 tons, Sharhorn, Tilsit and Utlandhorn, all modern well-equipped vessels, each about 5,000 tons gross.