25 years ago HONGKONG does not expect to have to ask China for water this summer during the three-month break in supply from July to September - nor are restrictions contemplated. This is because the storage position this year is better than it has been for a long time. The total water storage excepting Plover Cove was 10,647 gallons, compared with 4,469 at the same time last year. A SUSPECTED burglar arrested yesterday near the Police Headquarters in Arsenal Street, Wan Chai, surprised the arresting officers by claiming he was on his way to the headquarters to give himself up. He was believed to be connected with a number of burglaries in the Central District. The suspect, a young man, told the officers he was a ''lone burglar'' and insisted on seeing a European inspector at the headquarters, according to a civilian eye-witness. THE Governor of Hongkong, Sir David Trench, said today some Britons need reminding that the United Kingdom has obligations towards Hongkong by reason of the privilege of her sovereignty over the colony. THE Planning Committee for the Community Chest revealed that about 37 organisations had joined so far and they were hopeful of more agreeing to take part before the Chest got under way. The notable exceptions include the major Chinese charities such as the Po Leung Kuk and the Tung Wah Hospitals and these will continue to raise funds by traditional methods. 45 years ago A SURVEY of local food prices yesterday showed that most foodstuffs remained steady or unchanged as compared with a week ago. Local demand for beef remained keen although a good quantity of pork was imported from Kwangtung districts. There has been a slight drop in the price of most vegetables including onions from America which can be obtained at 50 cents per catty, as compared with a few dollars a couple of weeks ago. The official announcement of a cut in the price of rationed rice is generally welcomed by the Chinese community whose staple food supply has been well maintained because of the ration system. The latter is an effective check against any manipulation by the blackmarketeers to bring prices up. In the black market the wholesale price of white rice yesterday was from $65 to $83 per picul. 75 years ago THE Christian Churches of Hongkong were asked to raise $10,000. Up to date $8,000 has been subscribed. Chinese students of certain schools voluntarily skip a midday meal in order to give the proceeds to the relief of the famine stricken in China after the flood. DESPITE the fact that the embargoes on soda, ash, caustic soda, and other soap-making materials are interfering with the industry and promise little for the immediate future, a Chinese syndicate has secured control of the old soap factory in Hongkong which was operated by German interests before the war. The syndicate is preparing to reopen the factory with its present plant with the idea of securing new machinery and appliances from the United States just as soon as they can be had.