The South China Morning Post and The Hongkong Telegraph

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 March, 1996, 12:00am

Sunday, March 10, 1946 A Bird's Eye View by Argus The German aristocracy is said to have disappeared. Von on Von. * * * The re-afforestation of the Colony is a good idea. There's always a demand for family trees. * * * The new rules for preventing war remind me that I never knew just exactly what the old ones were. * * * A new American screen actress is described as having eyes like summer lightning, a hoarse voice and a sultry expression. Sounds like flu. * * * A London report promises 'hourglass' waistlines. The feminine waist is apparently approaching the minute. * * * Yesterday's report did not state whether Charlie Chaplin's baby is a boy or a girl. Perhaps they forgot to look at its feet. * * * The Chicago Tribune wants Britain to rid its Empire of the caste system at home and slavery abroad. That note of surprise you heard came right from Harlem. * * * A rather tipsy gentleman approached a bar and ordered two whiskies.

The bartender watched in amazement as the inebriate drank one and poured the other into his vest pocket.

After half-a-dozen rounds of this the bartender could control his curiosity no longer.

'Say,' he asked, 'what's the idea of drinking one and pouring the other into you pocket?' 'None of you business. It's my money and my drinks and I'll do what I want to with 'em' 'Yes I know, but ...' 'An' what's more,' interrupted the drunk, 'if you ask me any more questions, I'll punch you one right on the most.' Just then a little mouse stuck his head out of the vest pocket and waved a paw full of groggy menace.

'Yesh,' he said, 'an' that goes for your dam' ol' cat, too!' 'EX-CONVICTS' MEET Reunion of Residents Imprisoned by Japs AN ASSOCIATION FORMED The first reunion party of residents imprisoned and interned by the Japanese was held at the Hong Kong Hotel Roof Garden yesterday, when the G-Hall Graduates of Stanley University held a tea-party which was attended by a large number of members and guests. Yesterday was the second anniversary of the day when 40 residents, including women, were committed for trial having spent several months in detention.

The function, besides being a reunion, was also for the purpose of forming an Association of former political prisoners of the Japanese. An election of officials was held, resulting as follows: President, Mr J. H. Ruttonjee; Vice-Presidents, Mr Ho Wing and Dr F. Bunje; Hon. Secretary, Mr F. E. d'Almada Remedios; Hon. Treasurer, Mr Imam Din; Committee, Messrs L. E. Basto, Lo Heung-hui, Wong Yee-wong and Mrs L. E. Basto. A constitution will shortly be drafted.

The Association is open to all former political prisoners. Plans are being made for a reunion dinner, on August 29, the anniversary of the date when sentence was passed on the prisoners, ranging from the death sentence to two years' imprisonment.

RICE RATION CARDS Method of Application Under New Scheme HITS AT BLACK MARKET Application for rice cards or additions to existing cards under the new scheme should be sent to the Rice Controller's Office, Mercantile Bank Building, accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope of the applicant, an official announcement stated yesterday.

Applicants who have employment under the Administration or in an essential service should have their application endorsed by the Head of the Department, certifying the employment of the applicants. Where the application is based on the ground that the applicant had been resident in the Colony for at least seven years before the Pacific war, the application must be accompanied by a document proving such residence. Where the application is based on the ground that it is an exceptional case, full facts should be stated to show why it is an exceptional case. The Rice Controller can accept only written applications.

MERCHANT NAVY China's Plan Disclosed To Committee MANY SHIPS ORDERED Chungking, Mar 9 China's plan for building up a big mercantile navy were revealed to the plenary session of the Kuomintang's Central Executive Committee yesterday by the Minister of Communications, Mr Yu Fei-peng. Mr Yu told the session that China had bought six Liberty ships from the United States, and 16 liners from Australia and the Philippines, of which eight had arrived in Shanghai. In addition, China had ordered 10 smaller steamships, of which six were en route, plus 300 American landing craft (LST).

On air transport, Mr Yu said that the Chinese National Aviation Corporation had only serviceable four C-46s and 17 C-47s, but six C-54s had been bought to augment China's air facilities. Railway repairs, he said, had not yet commenced since the cease-fire agreement except on one short branch on the Tsingtao-Taiwan railway. Referring to the strikes of communications workers, Mr Yu said he noticed 'they occurred after the PCC meeting and were due to the instigation of bad elements.' - United Press.

BOY KILLED BY JEEP Succumbs to Injuries An Hour After Accident As a result of scalp injuries and concussion received when he was knocked down by a military jeep yesterday in Nathan Road, near Po Hing Theatre, Ng Kook-hung, a 13-year-old boy of Chatham Road, second floor, died in Kowloon Hospital, about an hour afterwards. The number of the jeep was 1532598, but the name of the driver is not yet known, though the Royal Air Force Police are making inquiries into the case.

Fifty years ago Hong Kong was returning to normal after Japanese occupation. The South China Morning Post reflects feelings of the time


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