Foreign News: Four Valuable Hours

At 2 p.m. on June 2, 1947, a wealthy India tea planter named John Spencer Wilkie arrived in England for surgical treatment. After a couple of operations and months of hospitalization, Scots-born Planter Wilkie began to worry about the length of his stay in England. He knew very well that a visitor who stays longer than six months in Britain must pay full British income tax (in 1947 the rate was 45%, plus surtax on incomes over $8,000. At 10 a.m. on Dec. 2, after an anxious two-day delay, he had himself flown out of England on a stretcher. Wilkie thought...

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