National Geographic : 1955 Nov
"It tastes like perfume," complained the captain. "That's because it's wed ding wine," was the expla nation. As soon as captain and soldiers became uncon scious, the brothers dis armed them and steered the boat into a non-Communist port. Immigration has been in creasingly regulated since World War I, both as to numbers and as to quality. A dual system of screening lessens the chance of re jection and heartbreak. Large numbers are weeded out abroad. Every would-be emigrant must secure a visa from an Amer ican consul. He is given a medical examination. He must provide documents, including police and prison record, military record, and birth certificate. He is reg istered and fingerprinted. Emigration, which often involves the sale of a farm and homestead, is a serious business. The visa system prevents impulsive or spur of-the-moment action. Best of all, refusal of a visa, if such action proves neces sary, prevents an expensive and useless trip. When a visa is granted, there is rea sonable assurance of ad mission. 715 Yvan Dalain Auf Wiedersehen! Relatives wave from the quay at Bremerhaven, Germany, as the refugee ship General W. C. Langfitt sails for New York. The 26-nation Intergovern mental Committee for European Migration chartered the Lang fitt, a U. S. Navy transport. ICEM, aiming to bring 131, 750 migrants from overpopu lated Europe to less crowded lands by the end of this year, also chartered airliners and booked space on ships.