Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2008, 12:00am

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1954

London, March 2

The Minister of Works Sir David Eccles disclosed that Britain is preparing to launch a 'powerful and dramatic' atomic reaction project designed to get more power to the ounce out of uranium.

He hinted that the reactor - which will be built inside a huge steel sphere to prevent deadly radiation from leaking - might give the West an edge on Russia's latest nuclear discoveries.

Sir David said it would be erected on Britain's northernmost tip - the lonely north of Scotland. 'The Russians know how to make a bomb, but presumably there are good and bad bombs,' Sir David told the House of Commons. 'We know there are cheap bombs and expensive bombs and this will apply more to the new non-conventional equipment.'

Meanwhile, the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington said an atomic device had been detonated at its test ground in the Marshall Islands.

Washington, March 3

Security precautions were intensified in Washington as it was learned that Puerto Rican nationalists, who shot five congressmen in the House of Representatives yesterday, had been conspiring to injure President Eisenhower.

Mr U.E. Baughman, Chief of the United States Secret Service, told reporters last night: 'Three or four months ago the Secret Service obtained information indicating that Puerto Rican nationalists were still possibly interested in harming the President.'

The Secret Service has kept a close watch on the nationalist extremists since two tried to assassinate President Truman on November 1, 1950.

Four of the injured congressmen had flesh wounds but Mr Alvin Bentley (Republican, Michigan) was in serious condition.

Last night, the four assailants were remanded on charges of felonious assault with intent to kill. A US Commission fixed bail for the three men and one woman at $400,000. The prosecuting counsel asked for the high bail because he said there was a possibility they would face a murder charge.

Hong Kong, March 6

A challenge to Lancastrians to start their own Lancashire Society here and institute a 'War of the Roses' was issued by Mr M.N. Rakusen MBE, president of the Society of Yorkshiremen, at the society's eighteenth annual dinner-dance held in the Peninsula Hotel last night.

'I'm sure there are sufficient residents hailing from the Red Rose County to form such an association,' Mr Rakusen said. 'Yorkshire and Lancashire have many points in common and we feel there is something missing in not having an organised Society of our traditional rivals.'

The guests sat down to a traditional Yorkshire meal, which included Roast Beef ('Just like mi mother dun it', said the menu) and Yorkshire Pudden ('Nowt like she dun it!'). Less traditional dishes like Supreme of Garoupa Meuniere and Pear Belle Helene were dismissed with the typical down-to-earth Yorkshire comments - 'It's nobbut 'ake wi a slap up naime' and 'Okey Pokey i' fancy dress'.

Hong Kong March 6

The full court yesterday refused the appeal of Chan Kau, 26, and confirmed the sentence of death by hanging passed on him last December for the murder of Chan Fook, a former Naval dockyard coolie. The appellant stabbed Chan to death in Argyle Street, Mongkok, on the evening of July 23 when there was a fight. The Crown had contended there was friction between the two factions of Dockyard labourers. Chan Kau was convicted for murder at his second trial, where the jury recommended mercy. A jury failed to arrive at a verdict in the first trial. The grounds of appeal were that the jury's verdict was ambiguous, that the rider of 'no prior intent of killing' amounted to a verdict of 'not guilty' and that the judge had wrongly directed the jury.