The Press: That Old Black Magic

The great day had come at last. At 5:25 one gloomy morning last week, a tall, husky girl in an old green bathing suit strode down to the beach at Cap Gris Nez, France. Well displayed across her ample bosom were the words "Black Magic." She dunked a toe in the icy waters, announced that she was not really scared, and struck out in the general direction of Dover, England. For fame, for fortune, and for Scripps-Howard and United Artists, grease-coated, 17-year-old Shirley May France of Somerset, Mass. was trying to swim the English Channel.

It was a pressagent's dream, and it...

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