Gareth Jones

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before Jones – whom they described as the singing Welshman while they ate cornmeal porridge.  From this he was certain that no harm would come to Jones.  They said:  “We are poor and our only chance of riches is to obtaiHTTP/1.1 100 Continue n ransom for you foreign devils”.  They told them of the cruel destiny that had led them into the path of banditry, a path that they could not quit without endangering their relatives in Manchuria.  They should not think ill of them and should believe that they were not only good men at heart, but good Chinese as well.  Dr Müller added that the bandits were avoiding contact with the Japanese patrols.  Jones was forced to ride 50 miles a day.  He was wearing shorts and his knees were badly cut by the saddle.  Nevertheless he was very cheerful, regarding the experience as stimulating.   

Monday 12th August – Cable from Reuters’ Peking correspondent:  

It appears that the original gang of bandits that held Mr Jones have handed him over to another gang who have raised the ransom demanded to 100,000 dollars and are holding him somewhere near the Chahar-Jehol border.  The authorities are now doing their best to start negotiations with the fresh gang.  

Tuesday 13th August – Reuters’ report: 

Mr Gareth Jones had been taken across the border into Jehol (now part of Manchukuo and therefore under Manchukuo and Japanese control by his captors).  

Tuesday 13th August - The Daily Telegraph:   

Mystery of Gareth Jones Deepens.

Reported Safe, But Still Untraced 

The Chinese assert that they are unable to communicate with the bandits, because they are in a demilitarised zone, where Chinese police are forbidden.  The Japanese take refuge in the statement that Mr Jones is outside their zone of authority.  The

The Press Breaks the News of the Capture.

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