Saturday, 6 November 2010

25 December 1911

Monday.  The situation in China now is very grave, as regards the Europeans.  Having defeated the Manchurians, the Chinese are loosing their heads & talking loudly about turning the Europeans out of HongKong & stones are hurled from the tops of houses etc at the police.  The soldiers are parading the streets with fixed bayonets & loaded rifles.

The secret intelligence department discovered a plot to poison all the troops on Christmas Day.  This was supposed to be carried out by the Chinese cooks.  But the soldiers turn cook & dismiss the Chinese for a week.  Europeans are warned to be ready to meet any emergency & quarters are provided at the Peak for women & children with supplies to last.  My rifle ready & 1000 rounds of ammunition under bed.

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