South Asian Times

Distributed by the US Embassy to Burma- February 23, 1942

P.O.W.'S SON AND YOUNG GIRL ESCAPE FROM JAPANESE- by Sam Levy

Reportedly, the son of teak plantation owner Jackson Freestone, Nicholas, and a young Burmese girl named Mya escaped from Japanese custody two nights ago. A source inside the place of holding, Mr. Freestone's plantation house, notified this reporter that they were being treated cruelly, and locked in their rooms as much as 20-22 hours of the day. The source also reported that they might have been planning to escape and try and break Mr. Freestone (Nick's father) and Indaw (Mya's older brother) out of prison camp.

Mya lived in the mahout camp when the Japanese came, (where the elephant drivers live) and Nick had only recently arrived from England.


In addition to that, the famous Buddhist monk and legendary mahout Hilltop is also reported as being around those parts of the forest. However, there is no confirmation from the source as to whether or not the children have help from him, but he is quoted as saying "[he] wouldn't find it surprising." Will the children be found? What would happen to them if they were? And will they attempt to do the most brave thing of all, rescuing their family members?

AIRFIELD BOMBING IMMINENT- by Ana Torres

Recent interviews with an Army Intelligence agent named "Culpepper" has led us to believe that a raid on the Japanese airfield near the aforementioned teak plantation is quite possible. The agent, who asked to be identified by his last name only, said that the US Army has been in contact with Kachin guerillas to "delay the construction of enemy transportation services." The airfield has been constructed by imprisoned elephant drivers, and military exercises have been conducted there. There are also rumors, however, that an agent for Military Intelligence is related to the boy recently escaped from the plantation house. Could this be a diversion in order for US agents to assist the boy and girl? Would it be right to specifically help a relation even during a worldwide war? This reporter wants to know. At any extent, the airfield is likely to be attacked in the next few weeks, and the Times will post more bulletins about the topic

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By Will Chambers