393.1111 Baker, Charles/27: Telegram

The Consul General at Hankow (Adams) to the Secretary of State

34. My No. 33, February 19, 5 p.m. In response to a request from Ho Chen Chun for suggestion of some means of procuring the release of Captain Baker, I have replied that my understanding is that the Communists who hold Baker are closely identified with Pailochi and that if hostages of some local prominence could be taken from that village Captain Baker’s release might be considered effected. General Ho replied that he considered the suggestion practicable and would bear it in mind in dealing with the case.