Vera, Countess Cathcart, wearing a green felt hat, faced a judge of the U. S. District Court last week in Manhattan. She was appealing for a writ of habeas corpus to release her from the clutches of U. S. immigration officials.

She had admitted to the officials (TIME, March 1) that she had eloped to South Africa in 1921 with the Earl of Craven while her husband, Earl Cathcart, was suing her for divorce. The immigration officials then had explained their position:

"You have admitted the commission of a crime involving moral turpitude,...

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