Milestones, Jan. 27, 1975

Died. Baron Jean-Louis de Portal, 23; of gunshot wounds; near Montauban, France. Together with his mother and sister, Jean-Louis barricaded La Fumade, the Portal family's 30-room mansion, shortly before the death of his father Baron Leonce in 1973, and refused to relinquish it to the farmer who bought it at a debt auction. After Portal shot and wounded two workers sent by the new owner to plow the land, 70 gendarmes assaulted La Fumade, braving fire from the young baron's elephant gun and mortally wounding him. The body of the father, which the family had kept in a coffin in the...

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