Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 December, 2008, 12:00am

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1925

Some exceedingly interesting sport was enjoyed at the meet on December 6 of the Fanling Drag Hunt. Assembling at Dr Pierce Grove's bungalow at 8am, members had an uninterrupted run from the foothills of Mr de Silva's bungalow to the boundary of the seventh tee of the golf course. Moving off to fresh ground, the hounds gave tongue and ran without check to the kill behind Mr P.C. Potts' bungalow.

At another meet in the afternoon at the Kennels, the drag was laid down the steeplechase course that crossed the river and skirted the Punjabi camp back to the kennels. A large number of the Mounted Section of the Hongkong Volunteer Defence Corps, who have their ponies stabled at Fanling, were present at the hunt.

Not since the Gold Rush in 1849 has America witnessed such a concerted flow of people into any state as is happening now in Florida, where a great real estate boom is in full swing. A hundred thousand tourists and settlers are putting up with the inconvenience and hardship of camp life owing to the unparalleled housing shortage. Camps encircle the cities. For example, 11,000 people are living in tents near Miami and preparations are being made for an additional 20,000 to 30,000 this winter.

On December 11, news was received in the Colony of the death of Hung Shao-lin, the anti-Red Cantonese general who was wounded by a member of the crew of the SS President Pierce. General Hung was on the American liner when a servant from the purser's department entered his cabin and fired three shots. The assailant attempted to commit suicide but was arrested. General Hung was well known in Hongkong as one of General Kwang-ming's chief lieutenants. The general some months ago narrowly escaped when a bomb was thrown at him in Kowloon City.

The American Safety Council came to the conclusion that 'if the wife gives hubby a few kisses and a good breakfast before he starts out in the morning in his automobile, he will be less likely to meet with an accident'. A further conclusion says that soggy toast and bad coffee cause more accidents than careless driving, or at least they are prime factors. A man who starts off in the mornings, whether to an office or a factory, with the taste of burned toast and weak coffee in the mouth, and without any wifey caress to encourage him in his day's work, is likely to leave the house grumpy and preoccupied. No statistics were given to prove such conclusions.

On December 12, a new public safety measure was introduced. Anyone wishing to ride a motorcycle will have to undergo an examination. Before this measure came into force, anyone could ride a motorcycle without a licence. Two days ago, a Chinese youth was tested in the Central Police Station compound. He rode a Harley Davidson machine and had to follow an officer, who put him through various manoeuvres. Demonstrations of the dangers of skidding and how to manoeuvre in traffic-crowded streets were given.

For the third time in the history of Japanese horsemanship, a man has ridden up the long steep stairway of the Atagoyama Shrine. Toshita Iwaki, who rode the 90 feet high stairway with an incline of about 60 degrees, made the return trip without injury to himself or his horse. The first man to complete the feat was samurai Heikuro Magaki, in 1706. Another did the same 150 years later.

The SS President Jackson, which arrived in Hongkong two days ago, brought an unusually heavy consignment of Christmas mail for the Far East - no less than 8,000 bags for China, Japan and the Philippines. The SS President McKinley, however, will be the real Christmas ship, as she sailed from Victoria on November 23 and is due here on the 14th and in Manila on the 17th. The President Jackson carried 160 Chinese passengers returning for the New Year's festivities.