This is a photograph of Fr. Burns "taken at Fushun railway station [Ho Pei] immediately after his arrival. Mr. Mitchell, reporter [of A.P. and N.Y. Times] and Mr. Othani shown in picture."; Born in Ohio, Fr. Burns performed industrial work during the World War I years, entering Maryknoll in 1922. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 17, 1934. He as assigned to Fushun, Manchuria in 1934. From February through November 1936, he was captured and held by bandits in China. He published an account of his captivity in 1941, Bandits Surrounded Him. He returned home to the United States in 1940 and played several key roles for Maryknoll in Chicago, Illinois, and the seminary at Glen Ellyn, Illinois.