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Women Imported by Lady Duff Gordon Teased Immigration Inspector

Too much levity came near causing five young Englishwomen to spend the night on the White Star liner Adriatic instead of coming ashore with the other passengers on her arrival last night. The young women are here to act as models in Lady Duff Gordon's new dressmaking establishment. The man who was about to order them detained was Inspector McGregor.

Referring to the other four, each young woman spoke of "the bunch." They laughed at each other and smiled at McGregor. Each had a different version of her reason for crossing the Atlantic. McGregor was not unduly impressed with the name of Lady Duff Gordon. He was becoming hopelesssly confused when help arrived in the person of Miss Hopkins of East Fifteenth Street, a representative of Lady Duff Gordon. She, too, was uncommunicative at first, but when McGregor told his troubles she explained about the coming of the five. She was asked who was to care for the new arrivals.

"I will," she said. "I have five rooms and steam heat, and I can take them in." This was satisfactory, and half an hour after the other passengers had landed the "bunch " was discharged.

They said they were Miss Elsie Lings, Miss Florence Crouch, Miss PhylIis Francatelli, Mrs. Celia Rena, and Miss Emily King.


Mark Baber, USA


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