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The China Mail.

Hongkong, Wednesday, December 15, 1926.

No. 19,984
Page 6


The Boy Scouts.

   When the records of the Hong Kong crisis of 1925 come to be written, the historian will undoubtedly ascribe to the Boy Scouts of the Colony their rightful place. Keen, alert, intelligent and active, not only in the emergency work which they undertook at the outset of last year's troubles, but also in the countless minor tasks which the later exigencies of the strike offered to their willing hands, it almost seemed that, whatever the work might be, the Scout could perform it as completely and readily as though it were the special kind of work for which he had always been trained. This, indeed, is the result of that particular system of manhood training that owes its inception to the genius of Sir Robert Baden Powell. Trained and animated by the Scout spirit of service, these many hundreds of boys, strong and healthy beyond the average, and intelligent beyond their years, could hardly fail to be a valuable asset to the community in the time of crisis, and undoubtedly those who were actually employed in public services during the strike exerted a stabilizing influence upon the life of the Colony. The movement is certainly one deserving the fullest possible support. When, as yesterday, we find His Excellency the Governor and many prominent local residents devoting their leisure hours to matters concerning the Boy Scout movement, surely it is time that the community in general began to realise its value and to take something more than a passing interest in the Scouts as they are seen on Empire Day and other similar occasions. It is, indeed, to be hoped that the words of the speakers at yesterday's meeting will not fall on deaf ears.

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