Reuters’ reports were deemed to be accurate
though many fictitious facts were printed as ‘news’ in the popular papers.
stop press report from the Press Association printed in the South Wales Echo and
Sunday 4th August – Reuters’ Peking
rains had held up the progress of the negotiations with the bandits, as
travelling was very difficult, with the roads being streams of thick mud. However Jones’ release was now expected at
any time as the ransom money had reached Pao Ch’ang and that £800 had been paid
to the men who originally captured the journalist. The money was sent by car from Kalgan yesterday with a protective
escort of cavalry and those accompanying it had succeeded in making contact
with the bandits.
Monday 5th August - Dr Müller’s despatch to
approached a village called “The Great Tool House of the Family Ho” when Mr
Jones noticed a man in Chinese uniform which did not astonish us and as we were
indisputably in Chinese territory it was only to be expected that we would see
members of the Chinese gendarmerie. Then in the houses,