People, Feb. 11, 1957

Names make news. Last week these names made this news:

Portly John Jacob Astor, 44, a fur trader by ancestry and a fur giver by inclination, appealed to a Manhattan court for rescue from his mixup. Torn between a dubious Mexican divorce from Gertrude, Wife No. 2, and a messy Florida separation from Dolly, Wife No. 3, J.J. begged to learn some legal answers to some turgid questions: 1) If he decides to kiss and make up, which woman is his lawful wife? 2) When he labors through his upcoming income-tax return, should he file...

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