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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
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
Winning Contract
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
♦ 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.
(Copyright. 1937.) i
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