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Former Wife of Clarence Moore Succumbs at Home of Earl of Portarlington
LONDON, Feb. 3 (AP)---Mrs. Mabelle Swift Wichfeld, former wife of Clarence Moore, Washington capitalist and sportsman, who was lost on the Titanic, died of pneumonia on Wednesday at the home of the Earl and Countess of Portarlington, where she was visiting.

Several of London's most famous doctors were unable to save her life. A son, Lloyd Moore, of Washington, D. C., is due here on the Europa Monday.

Mrs. Wichfeld died of pneumonia which developed from influenza. The day before she was taken ill last week Clarence Moore, another son, sailed for the United States with his bride.

Mrs. Wichfeld spent part of each year in England and during the years since the war entertained extensively at her homes in Scotland.
Mrs. Wichfeld inherited a large fortune from her father, Edwin C. Swift of Chicago, younger brother of Gustavus Swift, founder of the meat packing business. In 1915 she married Aksel C. P. Wichfeld, former banker and former owner of taxicab companies in New York, who was appointed attaché to the Danish Legation in Washington in 1916. Mr. Wichfeld sued for divorce in Reno last November, and on Jan. 11 this year married Josephine (Fifi) Widener, daughter of Joseph E. Widener of Philadelphia, who had previously been married to Carter R. Leidy and Milton W. Holden.

Here and in England Mrs. Wichfeld had done a great deal of entertaining. She formerly held a long lease of Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl in Perthshire. In 1925 she changed her English home to Crichel in Dorsetshire, the beautiful estate of Lord Alingon. One of the features of Crichel is its "white farm," on which all the animals are white, horses, cows, several zebus and a deer---at least the farm was so
populated a few years ago.

Clarence Moore, Mrs. Wichfeld's son, was married on Dec. 28 last in St. Thomas Church, this city, to Joan Ashton Lindsley, daughter of Mrs. M. Ashton Lindsley of Boston and Halsted Lindsley of Hewlett, L. I. They sailed abroad the night of the wedding.

[Note: The paragraphs after the break speak from a New York point of view.]

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