The 47 Estonians and a Finn who had braved the ocean in three tiny sloops to escape German and Russian oppression (TIME, Oct. 7) got word in Miami last week of their fate. Since they had no visas of any kind, those in the first boatload were told that the gates of the U.S. were shut. The rest could hope for no better. Their alternatives: to go back home or settle in South America.


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