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.