Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 May, 2008, 12:00am

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1933

Berlin, May 4

The Nationalist Socialist Government is bringing all workers' organisations into the Nazi regime. Police and Nazi Brown Shirts occupied all the premises of the 'Free Trade Unions'. Dr Ley, State Commissar for the protection of workmen's interests, said labour organisations had to be taken over by the Nazis. Christian and other non-Socialist trade unions would have to recognise the new order or be dissolved.

Hongkong, May 4

More than $20,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from Errol Flynn, a passenger aboard the steamer Tanda. The jewellery, which was inside a small wallet, was taken from a jacket pocket just after tiffin (high tea) when Mr Flynn left the cabin to prepare to go ashore. The Eastern and Australian liner, Tanda, arrived in Hongkong from Australia via Rabaul and Manila at noon and is berthed at No1 Kowloon wharf. Mr Flynn has lived in Rabaul, the main township in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea, and at Edie Creek, where he is connected to gold mining properties.

Peking, May 4

Japanese and Manchukuo troops are again invading Chahar Province (Inner Mongolia) and the situation is critical. The invading force is advancing on Taliangtikow between Dolonor and Kuyuan (all towns in Chahar), according to Chinese reports. Chinese cavalry are erecting defences and it seems likely the Japanese plan to press on to Kalgan (Zhangjiakou in northern Hebei province) from two routes.

Marshal Chiang Kai-shek has requested Marshal Feng Yu-hsiang (Feng Yuxiang) to assume command of the Chinese volunteers fighting near Dolonor in Chahar. Japanese troops are massing in western Jehol (a defunct province also known as Rehe). Shansi regiments under General Fu Tso-yi (Fu Zuoyi) have arrived near Dolonor and will join the troops under Chao Shengshao.

General Ho Ying-ching said: 'Without any provocation whatsoever, the Japanese military authorities have resumed hostilities. They are bent on aggravating the situation and should assume full responsibility.'

After the withdrawal of Chinese forces, Japanese advance guards reached Changli (Hebei) last night. A Japanese armoured train arrived at Houfengtai, but was unable to proceed because the railway bridge had been blown up.

Melbourne, May 10

The Australian cricket authorities have legislated against the use of body line bowling and this method of attack seen in Australia during the recent Test series will no longer be allowed in the country.

Body line bowling is when fast bowlers apply the leg theory to the constant danger of the batsman, sending balls directly at batsmen. The technique, which fast bowler Harold Larwood adopted during the Test series, caused so much bother in Australia, Larwood was given a wonderful reception when he arrived in London and Nottingham. A huge crowd at the London railway station cheered him as the town hero and welcomed him as if he was a cinema star. In Nottingham, 5,000 people, mostly women, waited for his arrival, which was not until 1am.

Harbin, May 10

Manchukuo frontier guards seized M. Vorobieff, chief of the Soviet Customs Administration in the Suifenho area. The extraordinary incident may aggravate tension in the Soviet-Manchukuo row over the China Eastern Railway.

Frontier guards alleged that when the baggage was being searched, Mr Vorobieff snatched up, chewed and swallowed an important document which he did not wish to fall into their hands. He was returning to Russia to comply with an agreement for the removal of the customs station from Suifenho, a city near the border.