LITTLE TALES OF FLOOD-TIDE DAYS
dTHE stories I have told concerning General Castro, August Kosutic and Emmeline Pankhurst were of international interest. The travails of Ellis Island with these three personages were flashed around the world.
At the very time these international dramas were being enacted, hundreds of other stories developed every day on the Island which never went beyond the files of the station. I have always been as interested in the pathetic and comic stories of these obscure aliens as in the doings of the powerful rebels who were judged by the immigration service.
Among the welter of those undesirables who had to be turned back to their native countries, there came thousands of sturdy and intelligent families who have put their strength and intelligence into every county of every state in our union. I have already paid tribute in a general way to this steady stream of fine citizenship which has so impregnated our country.
It would have been better if, during the growth of this nation, more publicity had been given to some of the desirables who chose us for their fellow citizens. I am sure there must have been many a family like the de Jongs, for instance, who came here in 1920.
This Dutch family was termed the model immigrant family of that year at Ellis Island. It was headed by Jacob C. de Jong, a sturdy ship chandler from Holland. He was accompanied by Mrs. de Jong