Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 December, 2008, 12:00am

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1914

On December 15, the Post reports that clocks and watches made in Germany, or made by Germans, are to be boycotted in England. An important London firm has just notified Swiss manufacturers that all articles supplied must be accompanied by a categorical guarantee that they have been manufactured in Switzerland by Swiss workmen, paid with Swiss capital by Swiss employers.

An excellent story is told of the courage of a Senegalese cook who walked out under heavy shellfire to carry food to his comrades in the trenches. On his head he carried the pot of soup, in one hand coffee, in the other bread. The soldiers called to him to hide or stoop, but the cook took no notice and safely arrived at the trenches. All he said was: 'I'm not afraid, shells will not pierce black skin.'

The Marquis of Londonderry has taken an active part in stimulating recruiting in Durham county, especially among his own workmen. More than 1,000 of his employees have enlisted since the beginning of the war, and he is giving to the wife of each married man a free house or rent allowance and coal, in addition to a weekly payment to wives and mothers to supplement their separation allowances.

Police in Canton have issued a notice that those desiring the use of a wedding chair on entering the city must apply to the police station for a permit, so the bride need not be searched.

On December 17, Lady May reports that 345 garments were sent in this week by the women of Hongkong and Pakhoi, and 257 were sent to Queen Mary's Needlework Guild in London for sailors and soldiers on active service. Ninety-eight were sent to Miss Bird in Brighton for families of soldiers and sailors at war. The women of Canton have also sent a large box of garments to Lady Lugard for the Belgian refugees at home (in London).

The tallest flagpole ever erected, a 232 foot stick of Oregon pine, was raised in front of the Oregon building at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. One of the strangest sights in the world is to be seen in the 'Yellowstone Park', a great concession on 'The Zone'. The concession covers more than four acres and is surrounded by cliffs rising more than 100 feet, which has been painted to nature's colours and covered with shrubs, plants and moss to complete the illusion of nature. An exact duplication of Old Faithful has also been built on one side of the concession.

Expo commissioner Walter Schultz, who has returned from Germany, reports that although Germans are in the midst of war, they are still requesting exhibition space. One of Germany's most striking exhibits will be the Leichner Fountain, which will be shown in America for the first time. It is more than 100 feet high and appears as a great flame, yet the hand can be run through it as safely as water.

Lord Chillingham has also offered specimens of the famous wild white cattle, which were first enclosed in Chillingham Park in 1220. Since then there has not been a single infusion of new blood. The animals are snow-white with black noses, black horns and red ears. They are wild and fierce, and are supposed to be the progenitors of most existing breeds of cattle outside the Orient.

A floral wall 1,100 feet long and 20 feet high and six feet thick is 95 per cent finished in front of the exposition area. There are 40 nations and 43 states in the US taking part in the exposition, which employs 3,752 men and women. Some 500 searchlights are expected to be erected.

The Amateur Dramatic Club in Hongkong will present a New Year's fairy ballet entitled Snow White and the Frog Prince in three parts and four tableaux. The show will be in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund and will be held on January 2 at the Theatre Royal. Soldiers and sailors in uniform will be admitted for half price.