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000 i. year from the enormous trust
xund, left in her name by Ool. Astor,
and the famous Astor home on Fifth
However, she will not feel the
pinch of want Dick has never en
joyed thewncome of an Astor, but he
has a fortune of between $2,000,000
and $3,000,000 inherited from his
grandfather, Wm. Dick, one of the
rioneer sugar refiners of this coun
try. Wm. K. Dick, who is 28, is an
active business man and official or
director in half a'dozen large corpor
ations. Like Mrs. Astor, who is now 24, he
spent his childhood in Brooklyn,
where' he and the "pretty little Force
girl" were playmates. As they grew
up their ways parted and there was
never the slightest hint that they had
ever been in love.
The Madeline Force became the
wife of Astor after a courtship that
stirred society, because Mrs. Ava
Willing Astor, the colonel's first wife,
had obtained a divorce only a few
Although both families were Epis
copalians, it was impossible .to find
a clergyman of that denomination
who was willing to perform the mar
Finally the wedding was per
formed by a Providence Congrega
tional clergyman, Sept. 9, 1911, in
the Astor villa at Newport.
CoL Astor was 47 and his bride 20.
On Jan. 24 they left New York on a
tour of the Nile country in Egypt On
their return they" took the Titanic.
CoL Astor was drowned when the
ship went down, but Mrs. Astor was
After the young widow's return to
New York the colonel's posthumous
son was born, August 14, 1912. This
boy is well provided for in the colo
nel's will, which sets aside a. trust
fund for any children that might be
born after Astor's death.
The marriage of Dick and Mrs. As
tor came as a complete surprise to
society. The young suitor did his
courting so quietly not even his
friends suspected they were to be
She is Lois Meredith, stage and
screen star, only 18 years of age.
She "mothers" a family of six young
er brothers and sisters. She was the
youngest star of the stage, follow
ing Laurette Taylor in the leading
role of "Peg o' My Heart."
She has appeared in Pathe and
Morosco photoplays and is now with
the Balboa studios at Long Beach,
She, is an American, but has spent
part of her life in Ireland and
France. She is fond of literature, mu
sic and dancing.
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