Foreign News: Ransom

While the four French prisoners captured by Berber bandits last month (TIME, Oct. 31) languished in unknown circumstances, a French emissary and a tribal chieftain, one Sheik Ben Naceur, bargained last week for their ransom.

In the manner of the East, the conversations, held in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, begun by long and polite exchanges. Even then the point could not be broached directly. A long, a very long list of topics must be discussed before the word "ransom" could be even mentioned by inuendo. Thus the parley went on for some days....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!