From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1975 The Legislative Council was told that more than 20 per cent of Hong Kong's children between the ages of 12 and 14 were not receiving any form of day-time education in September 1975. Education Director Kenneth Topley stressed that statistics could vary considerably between different months of the year. He acknowledged that the figure represented 68,000 children and added there were about 10,100 children who attended only night schools. Asked why so many children seemed to be missing out on a proper education, Mr Topley said there were inadequate places in secondary schools. He added it should be remembered some children not at school were sick or helping their mothers at home or their fathers with their business. He was not able to give an estimate of the school-leavers who had not completed their primary education. At a time when most welfare organisations were asking for greater financial support from the government, the Hong Kong Society for the Blind was the one exception. Chairman Karl Stump told the annual general meeting that they had asked for HK$2 million for the year 1971-72. 'For the coming financial year, the society intends to ask for only HK$1.05 million,' he said. He attributed the society's growing independence to the substantial increase in orders received by its workshop in To Kwa Wan. Thanks to various government departments, more and larger orders were being placed which - for the first time in years - were keeping the sewing and woodwork sections of the workshop employed full-time. At the end of June, the workshop had in its employ 168 workers making a variety of products, including brooms, garments and uniforms, cardboard boxes, furniture, doors and other items. Four birds once thought to be 'in league with the Devil', became the latest additions to the animal population at Ocean Park. The Australian black swans used to be killed by people who thought their sombre appearance sinister and attributed it to satanic connections. Hong Kong was lucky to get the rare birds, native exclusively to Australia. Exports were banned to ensure a sufficient number remained in the country. Hong Kong's two breeding pairs were donated by Melbourne's Zoological Gardens on behalf of the people of Australia. Hong Kong's tallest building at the time, the Connaught Centre, was getting shorter every year. It was suffering from an unusual ailment - although a non-fatal one - called 'creep'. The concrete was slowly being compressed by the weight of the structure as a whole. 'There is a certain amount of concrete settlement or creep, but it is catered for in the design,' said the builder's architect. The high-speed lifts which ran on rails could be affected by creep and adjustments were under way to counteract the problem, he said. George Bush, president Gerald Ford's nominee as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said he would not take part in politics if confirmed in his new job. He left open the possibility of accepting a vice-presidential nomination if it were offered to him. Mr Bush, 51, was appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee which had to clear his nomination before it could be approved by the Senate. The recent head of the US liaison mission in Peking, said he would not seek or encourage others to seek his nomination as a vice-presidential candidate. But he said that if the nomination were offered to him 'I cannot in all honesty tell you that I would not accept. I don't think any American should be asked to say he would not accept'. Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme started a life prison term after she was convicted of trying to assassinate president Ford by pointing a loaded pistol at him as he walked outside the California State Capital in September.