77. Mr. WARDLAW-WILNE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now state the position regarding the two lady missionaries who were captured by brigands at Chungan, China, and particularly say whether he has received any information as to their safety and as to the possibility of their being released?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Dalton)
The British and United States Consuls at Foochow have proceeded into the interior in order to evacuate British and American missionaries, and to endeavour to secure the release of the two ladies in captivity. His Majesty's Minister report that orders have been issued to the local Chinese authorities to obtain their release. A press agency has reported that the ladies have been released. My right hon. Friend has so far had no official confirmation of this, but is making inquiries.
§ Mr. WARDLAW-MILNE
Do I understand that the Chinese authorities have given instructions for their release?
§ Mr. DALTON
Yes, Sir. The area where these ladies have been kidnapped is not under the Nanking Government, but is under the authority of Marshal Yen, and he has given orders to that effect.