Clipped From The Hutchinson News
Jack Lait Virgin Islands Place For Quick Divorce And Cheap Hooch Virgin Islands, Deconfidentialized. . . In August, 1947. this column first tipped thp world about the six-week divorces obtainable at our Caribbean paradise possession. That stalled the publicity parade and the bust-up rush. . . Now our V. I. correspondent reports that the SI. Thomas IV. I.) population for those "taking the cure" has.risen 1.000 percent. . . The best brands of hooch still sell at $2.50, and five bottles go duty-free and tax-free to evory American leaving for the States, . . Air Force men in need of ready cash often fly down from the Valparaiso (Fla.), base to Harry Truman Airport, at St. Thomas, and load up with a few cases. . . Only a year ago, there was a parrot-screeching wilderness on the mountainside where now rests a luxurious hotel — built on a dare. . . Millionaire distiller Sidney Kessler complained he •couldn't get a hot .shower at Bluebeard's Castle on the island. Gov. DC Castro laughingly retorted, "Well, build your own hotel and see whether you c.m fnipnly Park Avenue plumbing on this mountain," So Kessler did. . . He built the S.V 000.000 Virgin Isle Hotel, and invited DC Castro to come up for a hot shower.