In 1904, did an immigrant need to be personally met upon arrival in Philly? #general

Martha Forsyth

I've had a small mystery niggling away at me for a long time now. My
paternal grandfather Abraham SHECTER was not immediately admitted when
he arrived in Philadelphia on July 4 or 5, 1905. There's a big X by his
name on the ship manifest. He does not appear in the Special Inquiry
section either, but I know that he did arrive on that ship, and was not
sent home (even though there's some notation about "Send home by
[illegible]"). Now, here's the cute part: I learned that the person
whom he was going to (Simon GOLD) was no longer living at the address
shown on my gf's ship manifest. (How did I learn this? Simon's wife
Bessie arrived four months before my grandfather did; on Bessie's
manifest, Simon's address was originally given as the same as on my gf's
manifest, but on Bessie's manifest that was crossed out and replaced by
a different address.) (This is complex; if anyone wants to see
pictures, I can provide them.)

This all caused me to develop a little theory: maybe Simon was not
waiting to meet Abraham's ship, and they couldn't find him right away,
and that explains the X (I don't know if they even attempted to find
people, if they didn't show up themselves). But since my gf did com on
that ship, maybe Simon showed up a little late?

Today I was reading about HIAS, and noticed that they "also found
relatives of detained immigrants. Six hundred immigrants were detained
during just one month in 1917 because they had neither money nor friends
to claim them." This caught my attention, because of my grandfather's
situation. And I realized that I simply do not know: if there was no
one to meet an immigrant and he didn't have money, what happened?

Can anyone enllighten me?

Martha (Schecter) FORSYTH
Newton, MA
Researching SHEKHTER and TELISHEVSKY >from Homel and Cherikov (Belarus);
married in Ekaterinoslav, so maybe at least one of them also lived there.

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