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People, Apr. 12, 1937

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“Names make news” Last week these names made this news:

Fire destroyed the vacant house at Niles, Ohio where 25th President William McKinley was born.

For his christening, Norway’s Prince Haraldt six-weeks-old son of Crown Prince Olaf, received a huge, ornate beer mug as the official gift of the Norwegian Parliament. Sniffed Folket, temperance paper: “One would believe that it was a union of brewers and not the Norwegian Parliament that presented such a gift to the Prince. This vulgar object is a gift suitable for a drunkard. . . .”

In Washington, Kansas’ Senator Arthur Capper, 71, underwent an emergency appendectomy.

Officials at Newark Airport were informed one night by their Baltimore dispatcher that Wallace Groves on the northbound Florida plane was in danger of being shot when he alighted at Newark.

Stepping out into the arms of a police squadron, Financier Groves, whose rocketing $15,000,000 Phoenix Securities investment trust has been under the eyes of the Securities & Exchange Commission, showed no surprise, explained nothing, allowed police cars to escort him and two girl friends in a taxi to the Holland Tunnel. He then disappeared. The mystery at once thickened and clarified when newshawks found beauteous Mrs. Groves, onetime Cinemactress Monaei Lindley, in tears at the Groves’s triplex apartment on Park Avenue. Preceding her husband to New York by one day, she said, she had found their home in disorder, their two-months-old baby, Wallace Lindley, and his nurse both gone. Indicating that she believed by this time her husband and Baby Wallace were at large together, she sobbed: “I can’t understand it. We have had our spats but they were never serious.” Meanwhile the telephone call that had brought police cars humming to meet Truster Groves was traced to his sister, Mrs. Howard Burton, in Baltimore. Said she: “Just say it was a mistake, wholly a mistake.”

Putting his Philadelphia Athletics through their training paces in Mexico City, 74-year-old Manager Cornelius Mc-Gillicuddy (“Connie Mack”) was hit in the right shin by a ball, injured so painfully that he was whisked by train to a San Antonio hospital on a stretcher.

Glad to escape from the “congealed” atmosphere of Merion, Pa., cantankerous Albert C, Barnes, inventor of Argyrol and No. 1 U. S. modern art collector, dined with the neighboring Narberth Fire Company, compared museum directors to “cheap politicians like the Mayor of Philadelphia,” firemen to true artists who “translate ideas into action and emotion into practical experience.”

By agreement with his parents, Cinemactor Freddie Bartholomew, 13, was adopted by his aunt Myllicent (“Aunt Cissie”) Bartholomew.

The wedding of Margaret Annis (“Peggy”) Best, 24, daughter of Admiral Hon. Sir Matthew Robert Best who commands the British Navy’s America & West Indies Station, was postponed a month when she and Bridesmaid-to-be Ruth Dora Backhouse, daughter of Admiral Sir Roger Roland Charles Backhouse who commands the British Home Fleet, both suffered severe brain concussions in a bicycle accident near Hamilton, Bermuda.

Boarding his yacht Winchester at Miami, 64-year-old Financier Cornelius Vanderbilt III plummeted 12 ft. into Biscayne Bay when the gangplank slipped.

Dr. Karl Landsteiner, 68, discoverer of blood groupings, Nobel laureate and member of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, went to court in Manhattan for an injunction to keep his name out of a new edition of Who’s Who in American Jewry. Explained Dr. Landsteiner, a Catholic convert: “Among peoples of the earth [there is] prejudice against Jews and Judaism. … It will be detrimental to me to emphasize publicly the religion of my ancestors; first, as a matter of convenience and secondly, I want nothing that may in the slightest degree cause any mental anguish, pain or suffering to any members of my family. . . . When the book will be published, there is no saying how many newspapers might refer to me and openly designate me as a Jew when as a matter of fact I am a Catholic.”

The German Government canceled the German citizenship of Mrs. Elsa Einstein, wife of Physicist Albert Einstein, who died at her home in Princeton last December.

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