393.1111 Young, Edward/2: Telegram

The Minister in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State

52. 1. Following from Hankow:

“January 24, 6 p.m. Bishop O’Shea of Catholic Mission, in telegram from Kanchow, Kiangsi, states that a member of his mission, Reverend Edward Young, American citizen, was on January 22 captured at Nananfu, Kiangsi, by Communists Chu Teh and Mao Chih-tung, who demand $20,00032 as ransom within three days.

I am making direct representations to Nanchang urging immediate action to effect Young’s release. Respectfully suggest that Legation urge Nanking Government to take all possible action to effect Young’s release.”

2. I have instructed Perkins as follows:

“Please take up the matter with Wang33 and request immediate action to effect Young’s release. Department has been informed.”

  1. Estimated at U. S. $10,000.
  2. C. T. Wang, Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs.