393.1111 Baker, Charles/25: Telegram
The Consul General at Hankow (Adams) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 18—3:46 p.m.11]
32. My Number 31, February 15, 4 p.m.12 The bandits who hold Baker have broken their agreement with Yangtze Rapid’s agent under the following circumstances.
In accordance with agreement, a launch with silver dollars 10,000 on board was today sent close to shore at Pailochi and was covered by guns of Panay and by guns of bandits from Pailochi. Baker came to water’s edge and spoke to launch, requesting that the $10,000 be sent ashore. This was done. Upon receiving money, the bandits marched Baker back from the beach and sent word to the launch that Baker would not be released until $50,000 additional was paid to them.
I will call on General Ho Chen-chun again this evening or tomorrow with regard to the matter and will report further after I have seen him.