The Hon. Cornelius J. Moriarty sternly told an attorney for the Hall family to submit a detailed plan for repairs by the end of the day Tuesday — or face the prospect of a speedy trial.


The senior Mr. Hall was jailed briefly Friday and released later the same day after money was paid to settle a court dispute that dates back for 13 years.

Since Edgartown attorney Benjamin Hall Jr. filed a personal bankruptcy action last month, the move has caused reverberations in some unexpected places. Mr. Hall’s family has interests in dozens of real estate holdings on the Island.


Variety, the newspaper of the show business, has found Alfred Hall and his career on the Vineyard of interest enough to justify an extensive story — part interview — by J. C. Dine. Mr. Dine’s story appeared under an Ed­gartown dateline, as of Sept. 6. Here, with only a few omissions, is what he wrote:
“The sight of Elizabeth Taylor or Bosley Crowther or James Cagney standing in line to buy tickets for a movie would be pretty unlikely anywhere, that is, but on Martha’s Vineyard.


An agreement was signed early this week for the purchase of the Roger S. Robinson house on Main street, Edgartown, by Alfred Hall, representing a group interested in maintaining the character and traditional values of the town. Mr. Hall said that this was his only concern as to the property.