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HEALY DEATH LAID j
TO NATURAL CAUSE Blows Not Responsible, Cor oner Finds—Funeral Serv ices Will Be Today. B* the Associated Press. LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23.-Screen Comedian Ted Healy died of acute toxic nephritis, induced by acute chronic alcoholism—not as a result of fistic blows—the county autopsy sur genn reported today, ending a police investigation into the "stooge king’s” death. , Police said they learned Mr. Healy Struck at Albert Broccoli, 29. scion of a wealthy Long Island family, at the height of a gay, bibulous celebration Sunday night of the birth of a son to the comedian. Mr. Broccoli told officers he pushed! but did not strike Healy. Police said that since the autopsy j •howed Mr. Healy's death was not j caused by blows, they would drop their Investigation. The actor died Tues day after being delirious several hours. Funeral services were to be held today a p m.. E. S. T.) at St, Augus tin’s Church, Culver City.- Mr. Healy will be buried in Calvary Cemetery, near the grave of his mother, who died six months ago. His widow, the former Betty Hick man of Pasadena, is in a hospital. She gave birth to a son, John Jacob, last Friday. "I was standing in the Trocadero ! • Hollywood cafe) Sunday night when Healy entered," Mr. Broccoli said. “I knew he had become a father a few days before so I asked him to have ft drink. He seemed quite unsteady, turned to an attendant and asked: Who is this fellow?' "I laughed that off and extended my congratulations. He staggered toward me and struck me on the nose. Mv nose began to bleed. The next thing I knew, he had hit me in the mouth, and followed this with a blow to the chin that almost floored me. "I shoved him away, because I didn't Want to hurt him. and attendants took Healy to an anteroom. Later, the attendants came bark and told me Healy wanted to see me. I went in and we shook hands. He got into a taxicab and that's the last I saw of him." Mr. Healy was found several hours later near a Hollywood hotel by friends, who took him to a doctor to have a wound over his left eye rlosed. Dr. A F. Wagner, autopsy surgeon, said no Injury to the skull or brain was caused by a blow. He said there were no blood clots on the brain and there was no evidence of cerebral hemorrhage. Winning Contract By THE FOFR ACES. Last-Minute Victory. ^LTHOUGH we won our final round 72-board match in the Vander bilt Cup tournament by 4.000 points, 1 more than half our margin was vir tually presented to us on the last nine boards, when our opponents did some gambling bidding in a desperate effort to snatch a last-minute victory. The same story is practically always un- i folded when one team ‘‘shoots the i works" in an effort io rectify some 1 earlier mistakes. In our experience. ' the only exception we have ever noled occurred in a recent team-of-four match, when John Rau. on the last band of a 48-board match, bid and made a daring grand slam to give his team a 120-point victory. South, dealer. East-West vulnerable. A Q 8 3 V A ♦ Id 9 5 3 A Q J 6 5 2 A K 10 7 A J 9 4 2 V KQ 10 5 4 3 N V J8 7 6 ♦ J W + E ♦ 6 + K 9 8 3 -A 10 7 4 3 A A 8 5 V 92 ♦ AKQ 8 7 4 2 ♦ A Mr. Rau. The bidding: South. West. North. East. 1 ♦ IV 2 A Pass 3A Fass 3 V Pass 3 A Pass 5 ♦ Pass 7 ♦ Piss Pass Pass It must be understood that both Mr. Rau and his partner were stretching their hands, as they knew they were behind in the march. In his anxiety to arrive at a small slam. North over bid considerably, thus causing Mr. j Rau to go the limit and bid the un sound grand slam. When the king of hearts was ripened. Mr. Rau saw that, he would . have to do some good guessing to make j his contract,. He drew one round of 5 trumps, cashed his ace of clubs, and 1 after trumping a heart, in dummy, i ruffed one of dummy's small clubs. | Returning to dummy with a trump, ; declarer led the queen of clubs, and when East played small, Mr. Rau had a ticklish moment. He had to decide then and there whether to let the queen ride or to trump in the hope that the king was now blank in the West hand. While ordinarily the proper mathematical play would be to discard. Mr. Rau had other factors to consider. For one thing. West had made a vulnerable overcall: for an other. East held at least four cards of his partner's suit and a singleton diamond. If, in addition, he held the king of clubs, he might well have given a heart, raise. This last factor finally decided Mr. Rau, and after trumping the club, he emitted a sign of relief when West's king dropped. When It was learned that Mr. Rau's play had brought victory to his team, he was the hero of the hour. 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