National Geographic : 1955 Nov
Boys 724 National Geographic Photographer Robert F. Sisson Pinches of Earth Symbolize the Blending of Many Peoples into One Under leadership of Maj. Gen. U . S. Grant, 3rd, USA (Ret.), National Unity Day ceremonies in New York last June spotlighted a forthcoming campaign to raise $5,000,000 for an American Museum of Immigra tion at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Bits of soil from 34 lands and all U. S. States and Territories were mixed and scattered from the statue's torch. This Spanish-American boy adds Spain's contribution. officers of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and their representatives. The late Dr. Henry B. Hazard, assistant commissioner for its Research and Education Division, cov ered six continents and traveled nearly 100, 000 miles naturalizing. He worked: 1. On a ship during a raging gale in the Atlantic. 2. In a blizzard in Iceland. 3. On Navy combat vessels. 4. In desert heat up to 120° and more in Iran and Egypt. 5. In the humid, insect-ridden jungles of the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. In his official report Dr. Hazard quoted an account of a ceremony held by a vice consul close to the wintry battle line in Belgium: "One evening an officer and a soldier came in.... It was snowing and raining and a cold wind was blowing. They had been many hours on the way and had only found us with difficulty. The soldier was very tired, almost exhausted... I read the oath to him by can dlelight. I took his hand to congratulate him, and he broke down, completely. "'I am sorry, Sir, I apologize. I just couldn't help it. This has been a great day for me, and I waited so long for it-thought I never would get to be an American up here. Now at last I am a citizen, and those other guys will never be able to call me a foreigner again.' "