National Affairs: Crempas

When Public Service Electric & Gas Co. undertook to run its Roseland-to-Metuchen high-tension line through Scotch Plains, N. J. eight years ago, it found its way blocked by a colony of prosperous, high-spirited Poles. To John Crempa, 46, thin, hot-tempered U. S. Army veteran and journeyman tailor, the company offered $800 for the necessary strip of land through his property. Crempa demanded $100,000, and even after the company had the Crempa land condemned and posted the awarded $800 with the court, Crempa refused to take it, raised his price to $150,000. He began...

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