22 September 1946 Bird's Eye View by Argus Official assurance to fishermen on salted fish: We won't haam yee. * * * A penicillin laboratory has been presented to China. That should straph the cocci old strepto. * * * Shopkeeper fined $1,000 for a 30-cent overcharge. The little more, and 0 how much it is! * * * Two firemen took an axe along to persuade a man to pay a debt. Talkee pay money chop chop. * * * Now the Soviet collective farm administrations are being purged. So you see why Russia has to have more oil? * * * There are as many rats as there are people in Vienna. There are more in Hong Kong, if you count the two-legged ones. * * * Since Wan Chai was declared out of bounds for the Services, the girls moved to the Cricket Ground. Looks like another squatter problem coming. * * * The War Office knows nothing about Hong Kong because it is a fortress. And nobody else knows anything because knowing anything about anything is a pain in the neck. * * * PERSPEX FROM PLANE Looters Use Axes, States Kai Tak Officer At Kowloon yesterday, S/Lt D. A. Thomson, Fleet Air Arm, stated several aircraft at Kai Tak had been damaged by thieves who removed with axes most of the perspex cockpit hoods. Before Mr Latimer was Chan Chuen, charged with unlawful possession of 13 pounds of perspex. SI Whitcroft said Chan was arrested at the KCR station when his suitcase was found to contain the perspex. Chan declared he had bought it from a hawker, but could not locate him. Brooches, rings and buttons could be made out of perspex, concluded SI Whitcroft. Chan was fined $50. * * * MOTHER SELLS SON Father Seeks Recovery From Foster Parents RETURNED BY COURT A two-year-old boy, the subject of a charge in which his mother was alleged to have sold him for $132.90 to another woman, slept peacefully through the proceedings at Kowloon yesterday when the two women - his mother Tsoi Shiu, and Lam Kui - appeared before Mr Latimer. Insp Fraser, SCA, said Tsoi, during her husband's absence in the country, sold her son on August 30 to Lam who wanted one to preserve the family name. Tsoi's husband, returning some weeks later, demanded the whereabouts of his son and was taken to Lam's home in Causeway Bay, but Lam and her husband refused to give the child up. The transaction was performed in all good faith with a red-paper document in Chinese and signatures of both parties. The sum of $132.90 included $65 due as a debt to Lam. Disclosing Tsoi had some time ago sold her daughter to a family in Cheung Chau, Inspector Fraser said she was unfit to be a mother. Mr Latimer, who ordered the boy returned to his father, sentenced Tsoi to a month's imprisonment, and cautioned Lam, saying adoptions should be done through the SCA. * * * RAID ON OPIUM DENS Magistrate Lashes Out At Keeper MAXIMUM JAIL TERM A protest that a sentence of two years was too severe did not help Lung Yuen, opium divan keeper, yesterday at Central for he also received a strong tongue-lashing from Mr She who described him as a blood sucker and a bad egg. When Lung promised to mend his ways if dealt with leniently, Mr She reminded him of a previous conviction and warning, and asked what guarantee there was the offence would not be repeated. When SI Manson said Lung was arrested in a raid in Graham Street on Friday, Mr She said: 'I remember a previous conviction. I know the atmosphere of that place so well I can almost see the people going in to have a whiff.' At first, Lung denied a previous conviction but finally admitted this was his second offence. The opium was confiscated and $103 found in the divan goes to the Poor Box. After Lung left the dock, 10 men who pleaded guilty to smoking in the divan were fined $50 each, given a lecture by Mr She and warned another Court appearance would mean a goal sentence. * * * BROADCAST PLAY HK Stage Club's Successful Debut 'Echo,' quoth the Narrator in last night's radio play of that name, 'can only be once, and then becomes a memory.' All listeners to the Hong Kong Stage Club's debut over the radio last evening are hoping Echo is paradoxically a beginning. Live entertainment on the radio has an attraction almost comparable to that of the stage as opposed to the screen. Even over the air, the personal touch between the player and the unseen audience is quickly established if the material is good. Perhaps it was by chance Echo 's subtle eeriness was curtained by a musical programme which ended with The Swan and Danse Macabre: they were an excellent overture. Like all good one-act plays, Echo quickened interest at once and crashed straight into an early climax to which it was brought back through cleverly cut channels of mounting tension. Its quiet fade-out was satisfaction itself. But how good it is to know it was written here in the Colony and broadcast by local players! It must be remembered this was the Stage Club's radio debut. Surely there are more good things to come. In such a play as Echo individuality is absolutely necessary: in this the artistes did well. What a delightful Echo Molly Rubeck gave us! Among the other characters Peter Opie's Sir Joseph Sanderson was forthrightness itself, while in his last moments Frank Crompton as Paul Musgrave reached his best. 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.