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Milestones, Dec. 6, 1943

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Engaged. Elizabeth Cannell Bradley, 19, only daughter of Lieut. General Omar Nelson Bradley, tall, tough commander of the Army II Corps in Tunisia and Sicily; and West Point Cadet Henry Shaw Beukema (’44), son of West Point’s famed geo-politicker; in West Point, N.Y.

Killed in Action. Colonel James Gardiner Conroy, 54, commander of the 16sth Infantry Regiment (New York’s old “Fighting 69th”), peacetime National Guard officer. Brooklyn lawyer; during the assault against the Gilbert Islands; on Makin atoll.

Died. Charles (“Charlie”) Ray, 52, homespun hero of the silent cinema; of a throat infection; in Hollywood. During the early ‘203 he blushed, grinned and gallus-thumbed his way into $100,000 a picture, spent much of his fortune on turquoise bathtubs, lost most of the remainder in his independent production of The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923). Penniless by 1934, he later accepted bit parts, tried to write scripts.

Died. Dr. Frank Eugene Lutz, 64, since 1921 the American Museum of Natural History’s Curator of Entomology; after a brief illness; in Manhattan. Lutz gathered some 2,000,000 specimens of insects for his museum, discovered:1) that insects respond to ultraviolet light beyond human vision, can thus be trapped if harmful; 2) that the male cricket pitches his woo at the third D above high C.

Died. Herman Ullstein, 68, youngest of the five German brothers who lost their famed “non-Aryan” publishing house to the Nazis in 1933; after long illness; in Manhattan. He helped build his father’s 1877-founded firm into one of the world’s richest publishing enterprises. When he left Germany in 1938, he crossed the border with ten marks in his pocket.

Died. Carlo Cardinal Cremonesi, 77, the Pope’s longtime secret almoner, whose death reduced the College of Cardinals to a longtime low of 43 members; of a heart attack; in Rome.

Died. Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts, 83, eminent Canadian poet, knighted in 1935 for literary achievements; of a heart ailment; one month after his marriage to 33-year-old radio operator Joan Montgomery; in Toronto. In his youth he toughened his body on the woodland trails of his native New Brunswick, whose forests and streams he exalted in poetry. A World War I veteran, he left behind 67 volumes of verse, fiction, biography, history, including such prose works as The Kindred of the Wild, The Feet of the Furtive, Wisdom of the Wilderness.

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