H.G.Wells, author of stories about an invisible man and wars between worlds etc, was a visitor to America. He wrote, 'I visited Ellis Island yesterday. It chanced to be a good day for my purpose......I made my way .....along white passages and through traps and a maze of metal lattices that did for a while succeed in capturing and imprisoning me, to Commissioner Watchorn, in his quiet, green toned office. There, for a time, I sat judiciously and heard him deal methodically, swiftly and sympathetically, with case after case, a string of appeals against the sentences of deportation pronounced in the busy little courts below.'It was Robert Watchorn's job to decide who stayed and who returned to heaven knows what in the old country. What a responsibility!