Affairsó(Continued) RACES Murder in Paradise, Cont'd
The U. S. S. Alton, high & dry on the mudflats of
Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, was the prison home all last week of
a nervous and overwrought woman and three calm and
comforting men, all held for murder.
The prisoners: Mrs. Granville Roland Fortescue, middle-aged
Washington socialite; Lieut. Thomas Hedges Massie, U. S. N.,
her young son-in-law, and E. J. Lord and Albert Orrin Jones,
naval enlisted men.
The charge: they had kidnapped and murdered a Hawaiian named
Joe Kahahawai, accused, with four others of mixed blood, of
raping young Mrs. Thalia Fortescue Massie (Time, Jan. 18).
Arrested fortnight ago by the Honolulu police as they were
speeding the Kahahawai corpse to Koko Head, all four had
been turned over to the Navy for safe keeping.
Attorney General Mitchell ordered Assistant Attorney General
Seth Whitley Richardson with five Government sleuths to
Honolulu to investigate crime and law enforcement, make a
report for the Senate.
Chief blame for race troubles in Hawaii was placed by
Admiral William Veazie Pratt on the "beach boys"-
half-castes hired to instruct tourists in swimming and
These brown bucks, it was explained, do not understand the
easy familiarity between the sexes sanctioned in the
They mistake a white woman's smiling friendliness for an
invitation to license.
According to Admiral Pratt, the laxity with respect to sex
in Hawaii is due "just to the nature of things."
But not every tourist was frightened away from famed Waikiki
by the clash of race and sex.
From New York last week aboard the Matson liner Mariposa
sailed Miss Emily F. Wilson, 91, to spend the rest of the
winter in Honolulu.