Just as the active bird catches the early worm, so the Government has apparently caught the Baltic-American, Ward, Fabre and Greek steamship lines. Each of these is owner of a ship which came into the U. S. territorial waters from six minutes to 15 seconds before Sept. 1. As a result the immigrants aboard the four ships arrived after the August quotas were filled and too "early" for September quotas (TIME, Sept. 10).

It was at first announced that these immigrants would be deported.

Instead, the immigration authorities decided to surprise the 1,800 immigrants...

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