Sing sunk in home vote South San Francisco (Feb 16): A former Chinese Nationalist intelligence officer to-day gambled on American democracy - and lost. Residents of the all-white Southwood residential district voted 174 to 28 to express their objections against Sing Sheng, 25, his American-born wife, and their small son becoming their neighbour. They said they feared property values would decline if the Chinese airline mechanic moved in. Sing, who himself suggested the unofficial ballot, said before the balloting that he would abide by the result - despite the fact he had already made a $2,950 down payment on a Southwood home and there is no legal bar against his moving into the district. The US Supreme Court last year ruled that racial covenants on real estate are illegal. Just before the votes were counted, before some 100 home-owners, Sing declared: 'If the balloting is against me, it will prove we are fighting in vain in Korea.' Afterward, as his pretty wife shed a tear, he said: 'We'll have to sell the furniture we bought and go somewhere else to live. I hope the people are happy now and will live secure in the knowledge that their property values will continue to rise.' Plea from pits London (Feb 14): Britain's 700,000 mine workers decided to-day to ask the National Coal Board to suspend the recruitment of Italian labour for work in the nation's coal industry. Sir William Lawther, President of the Mine Workers' Union, charged that the situation had been aggravated by Mr Victor Raikes, Conservative Member of Parliament, who said that the miners were afraid of the Italians' 'sex appeal'. Costly stamp London (Feb 16): Anthony George, a 26-year-old clerk, paid a fine of GBP1 to-day for defiantly stamping his feet on Fleet Street yesterday during two minutes of silence for King George VI. The specific charge was 'using insulting behaviour'. Angry crowds mobbed him after the incident and shouted 'throw him under a bus', but he fled to the safety of a policeman's arms. The judge told him today: 'Other people are just as entitled to their freedom in the way they want to express themselves as you are. If you try to upset them by emphasising your own point of view, whether right or wrong, you are liable to cause a breach of the peace.' George said he had no political motives - he just wanted to protest against 'commercialism'.