Transport: Bill to Roost

On an August morning in 1937, Inspector Norman R. Arthur was patrolling the harbor of Honolulu looking for violators of the Federal law against dumping garbage into U. S. waters. Around 10 o'clock, as he eased his motor sampan under the overhanging stern of the Dollar Steamship Lines steamer, President Coolidge, he obtained first-hand evidence. A Chinese mess boy leaned over the rail and dumped a pail of swill, "cabbage, orange peel, celery, tea leaves and water," squarely on Inspector Arthur's head.

When the case came to trial the insulted U. S. inspector was unshakable in his testimony. A U. S. judge...

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