A weekly look through the archives at how the century progressed February 22, 1923: The slow train from Canton to Kowloon was held up by a gang of 100 robbers, about 32 kilometres from Canton. The robbers, after cutting the telephone wires, 'proceeded to plunder the train. From the passengers they took away all light baggage and valuables, while over 100 were kidnapped, these being of the better-class Chinese', newspapers reported. March 12, 1925: Leader of the revolution, Sun Yat-sen, died at the age of 59, 'and if any looked for demonstrations [in Hong Kong] they were disappointed', the SCMP editorial writer wrote with satisfaction. 'It is only of the inconsiderable that the biographers say nothing but good,' he continued, 'and Sun Yat-sen was big enough to figure in mixed terms in the world's history.' After reporting the words of critics who called Sun 'an intriguer by instinct, a revolutionary by profession and a muddler by habit', the writer settled on a milder obituary. 'The man had a certain greatness. He belonged to that small body who will dare almost anything for an idea.' On the previous day the Manchu Emperor Pu Yi, deposed from the Qing throne in 1911 thanks to Sun's revolution, informed the Peking And Tientsin Times that he would stay in Tientsin indefinitely. 'The Emperor expresses satisfaction with the arrangements of the Japanese authorities for his protection, which is considered necessary owing to the open demands by a certain section of his enemies for his execution,' reported the Daily Bulletin. May 30, 1925: British-led police in Shanghai 'fire on crowd and kill seven' when 300 students marched along the city's main street distributing anti-foreign 'and mainly anti-Japanese' pamphlets. The crowd knocked down Constables Cole and Steven and attempted to wrestle their guns away, shouting 'kill the foreigners'. This news - of the British colonists' ugly version of China's later Tiananmen massacre - was pushed to page 8 of the Post. The page-one headlines were dedicated to 'a motion picture 'thriller' enacted on Avenue Petain, Frenchtown' in Shanghai, when 'three automobiles engaged in a bullet-punctuated pursuit up the thoroughfare, their purpose unknown'. June 18, 1925: After weeks of agitation following the Shanghai massacre, a general strike began in Hong Kong. 'According to information received last night,' reported the Post the next day, 'the Houseboys Union has instructed all house servants to walk out today.' The troubles started with the Queen's College strike, where 'about 80 per cent of senior students absented themselves on Thursday . . . yesterday the senior students of Yaumati Government School failed to put in an appearance'. It was a crisis, which the Post referred to as 'The Situation': for the first time in Hong Kong a violently anti-British sentiment swept the colony, and thousands of people flooded the border into China. A run on Chinese banks was halted by a government-guaranteed loan, volunteers staffed hospitals, temporary departments were set up to control food, labour and transport. In their first political role, the (Chinese) directors of Tung Wah Hospitals gave their backing to the Government.