MANNERS & MORALS: The Wurst Tragedy

MANNERS & MORALS

John Bohling, a German-born, 40-year-old New York metalworker, was just off the Gripsholm from his first visit to Germany in 23 years. While visiting relatives on a farm near Bremen, a childhood love had been rekindled in his heart. Now he stood uneasily beside his trunk in the customs shed on Manhattan's Pier 97. John Bohling's passion was illicit in America, and he knew it.

Customs Inspector William F. White measured the outside of the trunk, then the inside. "You got a false bottom in there," White accused.

The jig was up. "Yes, I have," Bohling confessed.

White pounced, "What's in...

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