Gareth Jones

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behind walls, on both sides of the road more men began shooting at us like savages.  Bullets flew past my head and two went through the bonnet of the car.  Finally after about 30 to 40 shots they stopped.  They then apologised stating they thought it was a Japanese car and took me into a house for a cup of tea.  I did not see that Mr Gareth Jones and the Russian driver had their arms bound and were taken into another house.


Whilst I was in conversation with the men, my servant arrived with the luggage from the car.  At first I was assured that this was merely a formal examination, but at the sight of some silver dollars one of the men could not restrain himself and snatched the money.  At this point they announced that they were bandits.  Then Gareth Jones was brought into the small crowded room and threatened by the bandits with firearms.  I now realised that I was a prisoner.  Outside in the courtyard, my servant was given a list of demands to be fulfilled in 10 days at which time we would be released.  I was bound and later heard how Gareth Jones had fared.  He was taken into a Chinese house, made to climb on a bunk and the ends of his bonds were fastened to the timber rafters.  A man came in with a noosed rope and Jones thought he was about to be murdered.  “I felt no fear”, he said with justifiable pride.  We were then led out and everything was removed from our pockets, even to our handkerchiefs.  Of our clothing they left us shoes, stockings, shorts and khaki shirts.  We were prepared for our journey so that from a distance we could not be distinguished as foreigners.  From curious peasants looking on, clothes were removed for us to wear and we were given dirty straw hats torn from no less dirty heads, which were rammed on our heads.  At last the eventful journey on horseback began. 

Saturday 10th August - Dr Müller’s second despatch to Berlin (later reported by The Star)

The ride with the bandits through mountainous country, which the two prisoners soon found very painful as their hands were bound.  Despite this Dr Müller recalled the joy of seeing

The Press Breaks the News of the Capture.

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