From the South China Morning Post this week in 1953 The colony was in the grips of Typhoon Rita this week. The storm missed Hong Kong by 50 miles but caused considerable damage with winds of 50 knots. A 13-year-old boy was swept into the harbour but rescued unhurt. A police launch capsized, a sampan loaded with flour sank, but Rita redeemed herself by swelling parched reservoirs with 3.14 inches of rain in 24 hours. A lively debate occupied the Letters to the Editor page on the subject of concubinage. One writer accused the women of being weak for allowing themselves to be taken advantage of by men in this way. The issue related to women, wrote a man signing himself SWK, but women had never been consulted about it. 'The outdated law permits men to have concubines,'' he wrote, adding that in all ages laws were set up by men and not by women. If Chinese women were as respected as European and American women were nowadays, and had been consulted about concubinage: 'I am sure they would have done their utmost to stop it,' he wrote. Even though Chinese men claimed Hong Kong to be the epitome of modernity, 'they find no shame in trying to preserve this old and worst custom.' No one is surprised that natives in North Africa have several wives, since they are regarded as uncivilised, he continued, 'but it is indeed surprising when one hears a Hong Kong gentleman has a few wives'. Were he a Chinese lady, he would have brought this issue to the International Women's Association to bring the practice to a halt. At least women should be given the same rights as men and allowed as many husbands as they chose. 'That will seem absurd, but it's equality. I hope the wise government will set up a body to study the problem. Let's hear what women have to say about it.'' The previous day, Cheng Sui-ying, 23, was charged with administering poison to her husband's concubine. She told Kowloon Court she had felt 'jealous and unhappy and wanted everyone to die together'. The defendant and unnamed complainant shared a hut at 568 Homantin Village. Cheng had laced their dinner noodles with 50 cents' worth of mercury. Both women were violently ill after the meal. Cheng pleaded guilty and was bound over in the sum of $1,000. The motor car was becoming common enough to raise safety concerns. Safety belts had just been invented in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new belts cost 30 kroners, equal to 30 shillings. Tailor Cheung published a large photo advertisement showing himself fitting a suit on film star Cary Grant. He was 'the tailor for men of distinction', he trilled, adding that Grant, one of the 10 best-dressed men in Hollywood, had placed 'numerous orders during his recent visit to Hong Kong'. For the convenience of tourists, suits could be completed within 24 hours. Tourists were on the increase. Every month the Kai Tak aircraft movements list grew. On Thursday eight flights landed: two PAL flights (one from Manila, one from British Borneo), BOAC had a service from Singapore while BOAC, TAC, CPA and CAT all had one flight apiece from Bangkok, with a QEA service from Labuan. The outbound list had six departing flights.