People, May 23, 1938

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

Sing Sing Prison officials let it be known that Gertrude Sheldon Whitney had visited her husband, Richard Whitney, three times since his two-week probation ended on April 26.

Newspapers reported that Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb, prolific humorist and short story writer, was down with writer's cramp in San Francisco, had to stop work on his memoirs. Quizzed further, Humorist Cobb refuted both reports, swore he had never had writer's cramp. His procedure is to write longhand, have a secretary typewrite it, "hoping to hell I don't have to change it. I have had no muscular cramp to date. Only intestinal twinges."

Sixty-seven-year-old Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish vaudeville comedian, slipped and fell in the bathroom of his Strathaven home, banged his face, bumped his thigh.

By a comfortable plurality Russell Billiu Long, 19, older son of the late Louisiana Kingfish, won the presidency of Louisiana State University's Student Council. Able Russell Long, a Junior majoring in government, cut his political teeth last year when he got his sister, Rose Lolita, elected president of the Women's Student Association. This spring, aided by Shirley Leche, svelte niece of Louisiana's governor, he toured the campus on a sound truck, held forth over loud speakers, plastered university grounds & buildings with screaming handbills. Black-haired, curly-headed, handsome Politician Long acts so much like his father on the platform that Baton Rouge townsfolk, who flocked to his pep meetings, enjoyed pretending that the late, egregious Senator was back again.

Venerable, 80-year-old Carter Glass of Virginia, great & good foe of Franklin Roosevelt's heavy spending program, announced he would soon quit Washington, return home to Lynchburg. Friends gave two reasons: 1) he is disgusted with the turn of events in Congress; 2) several weeks ago his doctor told him to go home and rest.

While his country's national tennis tournament went on without him, Germany's No. 1 Ace Baron Gottfried von Cramm stood trial for homosexuality. Testimony was taken in Berlin's gloomy old Moabit Court behind doors closed to press and public. Presumably to quash rumors of the trial's being a political persecution, both press' and public were admitted last day when the presiding judge had his final say. In a frank review of a sordid case, the judge found von Cramm guilty of immorality with an 18-year-old Galician Jew named Manasse Herbst who eventually blackmailed von Cramm to the tune of $12,000, hopped off to Palestine. Sentence pronounced: one year in jail, with the two months already spent in confinement to be deducted.