ENEMY ALIENS: Asps on the Hearth

The Justice Department, which nothing should dismay, never batted an eye as it asked a Grand Jury to charge three white men, citizens of the U.S., with working for the Japs.

In San Francisco, Federal men haled Newsman Frederick Vincent ("Wiggy") Williams, Publisher David Warren Ryder into court. In Lake Geneva, Wis., they found sleek Ralph Townsend, onetime U.S. consular aide in China, a contributor to Scribner's Commentator, mouthpiece—until Pearl Harbor—of rabid isolationists in the U.S. (TIME, Nov. 17). The three were accused of writing and distributing Japanese propaganda without registering as...

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