Sunday June 2, 1946 A Bird's Eye View by Argus Text for landlords: 'This is the law and the profits.' * * * Cheer up! Somebody has to win, and it may quite easily be you. * * * Hongkong is said to be a place where you can't even eat dirt cheap. * * * Never stop a man who talks about the weather. If you do, he may start talking about himself. * * * And then there was the motorist who was so very careful he always drove with the brakes on. * * * A jockey's wife complains he deserted her on her wedding day. Apparently the habit of getting away from the barrier was too strong. * * * The wife had bought a new hat so modern one couldn't be quite sure it was a hat at all. Said the husband: 'I always laugh when I look at your hat.' She replied: 'Good, I'll leave it beside the bill when it comes.' * * * MAGISTRATE WARNS OPIUM DIVAN KEEPERS Several opium divan keepers appeared in Hongkong and Kowloon courts yesterday following police raids. Chan Hoi, charged before Mr Kwan at Central, said the pipe found in his house in Lower Lascar Road was the only one there and was kept for his own use. 'Possession of one pipe is just as serious as several,' Mr Kwan said. 'It is an offence to possess opium and whoever chooses to continue the bad habit of smoking must pay the penalty. If offences of this kind persist the court may find it necessary to pass goal sentences without the option.' Chan was fined $200, or two weeks. Mr Kwan also fined Chan Kau and Wong See $400, or a month, for keeping divans in Main Street East and Graham Street respectively. At Kowloon Mr Latimer fined Chan Hin and Cheung Chak $150, or a month, for keeping divans in Nagatsinwai Road. Fong Chiu was ordered to pay $240, or two months, for an offence in Wusung Street. * * * MAN TORTURED BY BURNING Tells How Japanese Singed Hair Off Body With Lighted Cigarette Tales of torture at the hands of Japanese gendarmes were related to the War Crimes Court yesterday by Lau Hi-lit, who said he had been hung up and beaten so badly he fainted from the pain. On one occasion, he said, Sjt Hanada used lighted cigarettes and matches to burn the hair from his head, face and body. His torturers watched his sufferings with glee, he alleged, and laughed heartily. The accused are Sjt Hanada Zenji, L/Cpl Sano Toshiharu, WO Kurasawa Hideo and Sjt Sakamoto Isoji, members of the gendarmerie. They are charged with being concerned in the maltreatment of Ip Tin-shang, Ip Hak-kan, Ip Hak-kim, Chan Che-wing, Lau Hi-lit, so Suit-wing and Chan Kang-chen. Ip Hak-kim, shop assistant, said he was arrested on July 22, 1945, with his father, brother and a friend at his home in Prince Edward Road and taken to gendarmerie headquarters. On July 23, he was interrogated and, when he refused to answer, was beaten with a wooden pole by Sano, assisted by an interpreter. His flesh became swollen and black marks were all over his body. On August 2, he was brought before Sano who warned him if he did not tell the truth about his father he would be hanged right there. On denying he knew anything about his father, said Ip, Sano and the interpreter beat him with a whip. His hands were tied behind his back and he was suspended with his feet about two inches off the floor. He was left hanging for about 20 minutes. The interpreter used a cane to beat him, drawing blood from his legs. The pain caused him to faint. Ip said he was released on August 16 and was under a doctor's care for three months. Detailed descriptions of the tortures were given by Lau Hi-lit, manager of the Kwong Cheong firm, who was arrested with Ip Hak-kim. On July 22, Sano and a Formosan interpreter took him to a room in the gendarmerie headquarters, he said. He was questioned and Sano struck him with a stick. He was then taken to another building, questioned and beaten again. On another occasion, Lau said, 'Hanada used a lighted cigarette and match sticks to set my hair alight. My face was burned. Hanada then burned the hair under my armpits and stripping off my underpants, burned the hair off me. All the while, Sano and Kurasawa were laughing. 'Apparently Hanada thought the torture was insufficient, for he left the room and came back with a drawer full of wood shavings. He placed this beneath my feet and made as if to set the shavings alight.' Lau pointed out marks on his body where he alleged he had been burned by Sano and Hanada with cigarettes. * * * EUROPEAN SHOT DEAD By Armed Robbers Detective Sub-Inspector Allen Farquhar was mortally wounded yesterday in an exchange of shots with a gang of robbers disturbed while ransacking a Kowloon house. Farquhar shot one of the robbers dead a few minutes before he was struck and two others were taken into custody. Scene of the shooting was 381, Nathan Road, opposite the Alhambra Theatre, occupied by Tsui Cho-lung. He told the police that at 8.45am there was a knock on the door and a male voice inquired for a man named Li Fan. As Tsui opened the door he was confronted by four men, three armed with pistols. They ordered all the inmates into a room where they were bound and gagged. Relieving Tsui of his watch and $60 they began ransacking the house. A neighbour, suspecting armed robbery, telephoned Yaumati police station and within a few minutes a party of police were on the scene. As they entered the house one of the robbers opened fire, which the police returned. Farquhar was hit. The robbers were quickly overpowered and Farquhar was taken to Kowloon Hospital where he died shortly after admission. Fifty years ago, Hong Kong was returning to normal after Japanese occupation. These clippings from the South China Morning Post reflect feelings at the time.