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Milestones, Jan. 15, 1940

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Born. To Primo (“Old Satchelfoot”) Camera, 33, hulking, gullible Italian roustabout, who became world heavyweight champion prize fighter in 1933, later a cinemactor, and Giuseppina Cavazzi Carnera, 27; their first child, a son; in Sequals, Italy. Weight: 11 lbs. Name: Umberto.

Married. Ruth Jump, 19, 1936 women’s national high-platform diving champion; and Ralph Flanagan, 22, bigtime amateur swimmer (last year he held four places on the National A. A. U. All-America swimming team); after an airplane elopement; in Yuma, Ariz.

Marriage revealed. Fritz Mandl, 39, Austrian munitions manufacturer and ex-Fascist bigwig, divorced husband of Hedy Kiesler Lamarr Mandl Markey (Ecstasy) ; and Herta Schneider, blonde onetime Austrian actress; place and time his secret.

Died. Humbert Wolfe, 55, actory-looking poetaster and Deputy Secretary of Britain’s Ministry of Labor; in his sleep; after complaining previous day of a chest pain; in London.

Died. Guy W. (for Warren) Ballard, 60, onetime mining engineer, more recently (with his priestess wife) the “Accredited Messenger of the Ascended Masters of the Mighty I AM Presence” (a psycho-religious cult abjuring alcohol, narcotics, tobacco, onions, garlic); from a heart attack; in Los Angeles. Grey-haired, pink-tied, white-suited Messenger Ballard owned and drove, with Wife Edna and Son Donald, four high-priced, canary-yellow automobiles, one with a concert harp strung on behind, spreading through the U. S. the doctrine of I AMery.

Died. Ambrose Nevin Diehl, 63, able, steel-wise president (1932-39) of Columbia Steel Co., U. S. Steel’s Pacific Coast branch; of a heart attack; in San Diego, Calif.

Died. Rufus Cutler Dawes, 72, utilitycoon, brother of former U. S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, president of Chicago’s 1933-34 world’s fair (A Century of Progress); suddenly, of coronary thrombosis; in Chicago.

Died. Effie Canning Carlton, 83, old-time song writer and actress, who at 15 wrote the perennially popular tune for the Mother Goose lullaby, Rock-a-Bye Baby, turned many a penny from its royalties; of bronchopneumonia; in Boston, Mass.

Died. Michael (“Mike the Hermit”) Yansick, septuagenarian Pennsylvania recluse who for 20 years inhabited a cave, two feet high, on Avondale Mountain near Nanticoke, Pa.; of starvation and exposure; in his cave.

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