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?
These are what Nick and Mya's surroundings might look like, having to hack their way through the forest
A POW march by the Japanese. The Japanese would use prisoners to work on making railroads for supplies, and the prisoners would often die from disease or exhaustion. In addition to that, if a prisoner was caught after escaping, he and the guard of his prison unit would both be killed. This makes Nick and Mya's mission nearly suicidal.
An example of a plantation house in Burma, with the standard European design that was widely prevalent.