29 September 1946 Bird's Eye View by Argus New Yorkers are now eating horse-flesh. Dead heat for the Entrecote Steaks. * * * Nobody has mentioned it yet, but there are only 88 more days to Christmas. * * * The Evening Institute is being swamped by students. The rising tide of culture. * * * 'Gentleman wishes to meet lady with a view to cultivating friend-ship?' Or does he mean captivating? * * * Nickel coins are to replace the British silver currency. So maybe in Hongkong we can at least expect a cardboard currency. * * * With the cost of living coming down, the salaries of some people could be cut 20 per cent this year and the other 80 per cent next year. * * * Births registered last week totalled 809 and deaths 270. Soon I can see the Quartering Department shouting for the Birth Control Association to get busy again. * * * Strange Chinese banks are occupying more and more of our buildings. It's getting that way that all the shops are upstairs and it's easier to save money than to spend it. * * * 'Australian voters are called upon to decide whether the Labour Party is to continue to run the country in peace.' But what's an Opposition for except to give the Government no peace? * * * The Japanese have been ordered to find 177 bales of silk shipped in seven different ships captured in 1941. Well, it has been proved by an American that a needle in a haystack can be found. * * * Man fails to see why he, who knows how to plumb, should be prevented by law from plumbing. He should be philosophical about it, remembering that no one has yet plumbed the full depth of the law's asininity. * * * PIRATES SEIZE SHIP OFF MACAO Kwong Hung yields $50,000 booty HOSTAGE TAKEN Macao, Sept. 25. - Pirates, who boarded the Kwong Hung as passengers when the vessel left Canton for Macao yesterday, took charge of the ship near the Lin Fah mountains and robbed the passengers. They also carried off a guard and two fokis. At 8 p.m. three of the pirates took over key positions on the vessel, while six others took money, jewels and valuables estimated at $50,000 Macao currency from the passengers. The gold teeth of one passenger escaped notice, while another passenger hid $9,000 in a tea pot. The pirates took rifles and two revolvers, which comprised the ship's armament. They escaped, taking with them the guard, the two fokis from the compradore's department and the loot. The Kwong Hung continued her voyage and half way to Macao, took in tow the Kwong Kee, a sister ship, which had been stranded owing to engine trouble. On arrival here, the piracy was reported by the ship's charterers, the Hoi Phoong Navigation Company, to the Harbour Master. The Kwong Hung and Kwong Kee were built as ferry boats for trips from here to Taipa and Colowan. After the war, they were refitted and placed on the Macao-Canton run by the inland route via Shekki. - Our Own Correspondent. * * * MOPPING-UP OF REDS Fighting In Central Shansi Yungcheng Captured Nanking, Sept. 27. - Mopping up operations by Chinese government forces along the Peiping-Hankow Railway in Central Hopei are gathering momentum. Government troops have captured Yungcheng, 25 miles north-east of Paoting, and are surrounding Mancheng and Hsiunghsien, according to government reports. More than 40,000 Communists, under the command of General Liu Po-cheng, are locked in battle with government troops driving northward from Anyang in north Honan to Tzehsien, in south Hopei, says a report from Paoting. According to the National Defence Ministry, fighting is also raging north of Pushan, 150 miles south of Tai-yuan, where the Communists are calling in reinforcements to make a desperate stand. The Communists in the northeast, who have taken the Halahai railway station, are now trying to thrust southward towards Lungan. To check further Communist advances, government troops are reported to be on the alert, says a government report. - Reuter. * * * North Kiangsu Clash Hsuchow, Sept. 27. - Fierce fighting broke out near Moyang in northern Kiangsu yesterday, when government troops closed in on the city. - Central News. * * * GOVERNMENT CAN NOW CONTROL HOTEL RATES Power to fix maximum rates for hotel services, including lodging, has been given to Government by an order in yesterday's Gazette. Price Control (Hotel Services) Regulations, made under existing legislation, empower a competent authority to fix maximum charges for all or any of the services provided by any hotel and prohibit the making of any charge by any hotel except in respect of the services specified in any such order. The regulations provide for the appointment of inspectors who will be empowered to inspect hotel premises and demand the production of accounts or other documents. Charges in excess of those stipulated or the obstruction of hotel inspectors will constitute breaches. The regulations also lay down that where maximum charges have been prescribed, it shall be an offence for the management to refuse to supply such a service to anyone demanding it, unless the refusal is justified by the circumstances. 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.