People, Aug. 14, 1939

Richard King Mellon, 40, successor to his uncle, the late Andrew William Mellon, as head of the Mellon financial empire, has plenty of chicks but no child. Last week he and his 29-year-old wife, Constance Prosser McCaulley Mellon, adopted a two-months-old boy. To newshawks who begged for the largesse of a look at the child, Father Mellon gave short change.

Q.: "What does the baby look like?"

Mellon: "Have you ever seen a two-months-old baby?"

A.: "Yes."

Mellon: "What did he look like?"

Q.: "How does it feel to be a father?"

Mellon: "Are you a...

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