FIERMONTE HALTED BY GENOA OFFICIALS

New York Times

Boxer's Passport Is Held and Unrecognized Divorce From Italian Wife Investigated
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PRESENT WIFE DENIES RIFT
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Former Mrs. Astor Says He Got Off Her Ship at Algiers for Business Reasons
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NAPLES, Feb. 7 (AP)---Mrs. Madeline Force Astor Dick Fiermonte was in Naples tonight while her boxer husband sought to straighten out passport difficulties in Genoa.

Mrs. Fiermonte, who spent the evening receiving old friends in aristocratic Naples circles, said she had received a wire from Enzo saying he could not leave Italy for the present because of passport difficulties brought by the authorities.

They had planned to reunite at Cannes, France, but now Enzo will proceed to Rome tomorrow and she probably will join him there.

Police authorities at Genoa allegedly held up Fiermonte's passport to investigate his divorce and remarriage to Mrs. Dick. The first Mrs. Fiermonte left Rome ostensibly to join Enzo, who arrived at Genoa on another ship, while the second Mrs. Fiermonte landed here on the Roma.

Enzo's divorce is not recognized in Italy, although he contends that his first wife gave her consent to it in an ordinary letter. It was supposed that the authorities at Genoa would try to learn the circumstanees surrounding that letter.

Legal authorities said that if this consent should not be held valid, there was a healthy possibility that Fiermonte could be accused of bigamy.

The second Mrs. Fiermonte said she and her young husband had agreed to come to Europe to see his son and his former wife. This meeting was planned for Cannes, she said, but the former Mrs. Fiermonte radioed her husband that the Italian authorities would not visa her passport.

Mrs. Astor Dick Fiermonte expressed surprise when asked if the question of her husband's divorce from his first wife was involved in the passport situation and said she had married Enzo thinking everything was clear.

Previously she had said almost tearfully: "No, our romance isn't ended," and had explained by "business reasons" the fact that Enzo had suddenly left the Roma at Algiers and let her go on alone to Naples.

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