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Florida Judge Gives Decree on Ground That Fiermonte Was Extremely Cruel
U. S. Woman Hurt in Crash of Auto in France Driven by Man Giving His Name
WEST PALM BEACH, June 11 (AP)---The former Mrs. Madeline Force Astor received a decree of divorce today from Vincenzo Fiermonte, a prizefighter, who, it was understood, did not contest the suit, brought on grounds of extreme cruelty. The decree was granted by Judge C. E. Chillingworth in Circuit Court.

The court approved a property settlement which was not disclosed in the brief order. All papers in the case were withdrawn from the court records and attorneys made no statement.

Madeline Force first became the wife of John Jacob Astor, who perished in the Titanic disaster. In 1926 she was married to William K. Dick, a childhood sweetheart. They were divorced in July, 1933.

She was married to the prize fighter in New York, on Nov. 27, 1933, and filed suit for divorce here May 2. Fiermonte sailed for Europe before the suit was filed.

Mrs. Fiermonte closed her Palm Beach home and departed for New York this week.
Woman Hurt in French Crash
AUXONNE, France, June 11 (AP)---An American woman was injured today when an automobile driven by a man identified by police as Enzo Fiermonte, the husband of the former Mrs. Madeline Force Astor Dick, crashed into a tree and overturned.

Police said the man gave his name as Vincenzo Fiermonte. They quoted him as saying, "I am the husband of Mrs. Astor."

The police said the woman injured in today's accident was Miss Marion Whitworth, 26 years old. She was taken to an Auxonne hospital, where she was treated for rib fractures.

Two other women in the automobile escaped injury. They gave their names as Mrs. Elizabeth Charabot, 31, and Countess d'Ornano, both Frenchwomen.

After questioning, the driver of the car and the two uninjured women left Auxonne for an undisclosed destination.

The party was en route from Geneva, Switzerland, when their car crashed into the tree at the village of Villers-les-Pots, outside Auxonne. All four were brought into Auxonne by passing motorists.

Police said the driver carried an American passport and gave his occupation as that of stockbroker, his address as New York and his age as 30.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) DIVORCE GRANTED FORMER MRS. ASTOR (New York Times, Sunday 12th June 1938, ref: #3273, published 27 July 2004, generated 31st July 2021 03:14:13 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/divorce-granted-former-mrs-astor.html