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Milestones, Oct. 21, 1940

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Divorced. George Grant Mason Jr., 36, wealthy socialite Civil Aeronautics Authority member; by blonde Washington socialite Jane Kendall Mason, 30, whom Grace Goodhue Coolidge called the “most beautiful girl ever to enter the White House”; after 13 married years; in Tampa, Fla.

Died. Tom Mix, 60, oldtime cinestar of 370 Western films; instantly, when his car turned over near Florence, Ariz. Pennsylvania-born (but publicized as Western-born, Indian-blooded), he rough-rode with Colonel Theodore Roosevelt through the Spanish-American War, did not go West until he was 26, joined famed Miller Brothers’ 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. He soldiered in the Philippines, Boer War, China’s Boxer Rebellion, returned to become a Texas ranger. Hired by the old Selig movie company to supply horses, extras, atmosphere while on “location,” Mix soon passed to stardom and a pedestal as U. S. boyhood’s Hero No. 1. In the films he could never smoke, always married a schoolteacher or rancher’s daughter, never dallied saloonwards except to shoot villains fairly. In 1932, rolled on and badly injured by Tony the Wonder Horse, Mix (who was only a fair horseman) retired, was last week advance-agenting a circus when his car pitched at a highway detour, rolled on him.

Died. Katherine Mayo, 73, crusading authoress whose best-selling Mother India in 1927 caused an international stir; after long sickness; in Bedford Hills, N. Y. Said Mahatma Gandhi as Miss Mayo’s indictment of Hindu caste and culture was being burned throughout India: “A book. . . every Indian can read with . . . profit. We may repudiate the charge. . . but . . . not the substance.”

Died. Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, 75, founder of Labrador’s famed Medical Mission, “most useful man in the North American continent”; of a heart attack; in Charlotte, Vt.

Died. Sir Henry Head, 79, famed British neurologist; of paralysis agitans; in Reading, England.

Died. Camille Barrère, 89, French diplomat; in Paris. Grandson of Bertrand Barrère, famed editor-politician of the First French Republic, he was for 32 years France’s Ambassador at Rome, was credited with winning Italy over from the Triple Alliance to the Triple Entente in World War I.

Anniversaries. The snug little town of Torrington, Conn., its 200th, which it celebrated with pageant, parade, a speech by Governor Raymond Earl Baldwin; the tight little isle of England, its 874th since invasion and defeat by William (of Normandy) the Conqueror.

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