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The Chinese authorities assert that they paid £1,000 as a preliminary ransom whereupon the bandits demanded an additional £9,000 and 500 pistols … Major Takahashi, the Military Attaché is leaving by plane tomorrow morning.  He has advised the Chahar authorities to pay the £10,000 rather than experience difficulties with the British Government.

Wednesday 14th AugustThe Western Mail & South Wales News: 

Japanese “Ultimatum” to Chinese Commander 

CHANGKIAKOW [Kalgan].  A further attempt to secure the liberation of Mr Gareth Jones, the British journalist, kidnapped by Chinese bandits in the Chahar Province 16 days ago was made at this outpost today.  Major Takahashi, Japanese Attaché in Peking, and Col. Matsui, Chief of the Japanese Military Mission, met Chang Chu-chang, commander of the Chahar Peace Corps, and said in effect:  “We advise you in the strongest terms to find Jones by putting up the ransom.”  When Chang Chu-chang replied, “We have already made an exhaustive search,” Major Takahashi said:  “Now look in the right place.”  

The significance of this Japanese ultimatum was thoroughly understood.  The bandits holding Jones wore Peace Corps uniforms.  Therefore, either directly or indirectly, Chang Chu-chang’s organization must know where Jones is.  The Japanese authorities are confident that Jones will soon be delivered at Kalgan.

The Press Breaks the News of the Capture.

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