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Milestones, Mar. 7, 1938

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Married Again. Stan Laurel, 42, professionally addle-pated cinemactor, to Vera Ivanova Shuvalova, 28, Russian singer; for the second time in eight weeks, just to make sure and because his former wife, Virginia Ruth Laurel, had insisted he was still her husband; in Yuma, Ariz., as before.

Divorced. Eleanor Close Sturges Gautier Rand, 27, thrice-married daughter of thrice-married Mrs. Joseph E. Davies (wife of the U. S. Ambassador to Belgium), granddaughter of Cerealman Charles W. Post; from George Curtis Rand, 27, Manhattan socialite; in Reno.

Left. By the late Philip Alexius Laszlo de Lombos, Hungarian-born British subject, painter of kings, presidents, tycoons and socialites, who died last November at 68: a fortune of £141,000. Only two British painters in the 20th Century, Walter William Ouless and Sir William Orpen, have left more.

Died. Seymour Parker Gilbert, 45, youthful prodigy of U. S. business, one-time (1924-30) Agent General for Reparations Payments in Germany, since 1931 a partner in J. P. Morgan & Co.; of heart disease; in Manhattan. As a young U. S. Treasury assistant to Secretaries McAdoo, Glass, Houston, Mellon, he often worked until nearly dawn, then showed up on time for morning work. As a young Reparations agent he harvested from Germany, distributed to the Allies, $26,000,000,000 in cash and chattels.

Died. Hugh Lloyd Thomas, 49, British Minister to Paris, amateur jockey; of a broken neck, when his horse, Periwinkle II, fell after taking the last fence in a three-mile steeplechase; in Derby, England.

Died. George Ellery Hale, 69, astronomer credited with founding University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory, Carnegie Institution’s Mount Wilson, Palomar Mountain Observatories in California; of heart disease; in Pasadena, Calif. Foremost U. S. authority on the sun, Dr. Hale discovered magnetic fields in sun spots, for his discovery won the British Royal Society’s Sir Godfrey Copley medal, of which the first award was to Scientist Benjamin Franklin.

Died. Gabriele d’Annunzio (“The Archangel Gabriel”), 74, great Italian poet, patriot, lover, soldier and mystic; of a brain hemorrhage; at his fortified Villa Vittoriale on Lake Garda. He lost an eye as awar-time aviator, created an international crisis after the Armistice by seizing the Austrian seaport of Fiume, which he held for four months. Supposedly a great & good friend of Benito Mussolini, who made him Prince of Montenevoso and President of the Royal Academy, bald, brooding d’Annunzio lived as a virtual prisoner, year ago melodramatically announced that he planned to dissolve himself in acid.

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