tests…


Ellis Island in New York harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States at the site of the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection.

During the peak years of Ellis Island’s operation, some 5,000 to 10,000 people passed through these halls daily to undergo various medical and legal inspections; the history books say approximately 80% successfully passed through in a matter of hours. The U.S. Public Health Service operated an extensive medical service at the immigration station which was the largest Marine hospital in the nation, staffed by uniformed military surgeons who employed unusual techniques to examine the aliens for signs of diseases, particularly in the eyes. They used a chalk mark code to symbolize potentially sick immigrants following the six second medical examination.

Some immigrants entered the country only by surreptitiously wiping the chalk marks off, or by turning their chalk marked clothing inside out….

So let’s just get this straight – you had to pass this – one of the many tests given to the new immigrants – in order to get a ticket to get off the island…

6 seconds…look it up.

Time to re-test the descendants…

Until next time…

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