Milestones, Mar. 2, 1942

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Born. To Christine Cromwell White and Frederick White: a daughter; in Newport, R.I. Grandfather: 45-year-old James H. R. Cromwell, estranged husband of Doris Duke Cromwell.

Engaged. Indira Nehru, Oxford-graduate daughter of Indian Nationalist leader Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru; and Lawyer Pheroz Gandhi (no kin to the Mahatma); in Bombay.

Married. Actress Beatrice Whitney Straight, niece of the late Harry Payne Whitney, daughter of New Republic Co-Founder Mrs. Leonard Elmhirst; and Louis Dolivet, a Free French leader in Manhattan; in Des Moines, Iowa.

Died. Stefan Zweig, 60, Austrian-born novelist, biographer, essayist (Amok, Adepts in Self-Portraiture, Marie Antoinette), and his wife, Elizabeth; by poison; in Petropolis, Brazil. Born into a wealthy Jewish family in Vienna, Zweig turned from casual globe-trotting to literature after World War I, wrote prolifically, smoothly, successfully in many forms. His books banned by the Nazis, he fled to Britain in 1938 with the arrival of German troops, became a British subject in 1940, moved to the U.S. the same year, to Brazil the next. He was never outspoken against Naziism, believed artists and writers should be independent of politics. Friends in Brazil said he left a suicide note explaining that he was old, a man without a country, too weary to begin a new life. His last book: Brazil: Land of the Future.

Died. The Rt. Rev. Henry Judah Mikell, 68, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta, Chancellor of the University of the South; of a heart ailment; in Atlanta.

Died. Albert Payson Terhune, 69, world's most prolific and successful writer of dog stories (Lad: A Dog;Buff: A Collie; etc.); in Pompton Lakes, N.J. He wrote stories about human beings for more than 20 years before he sold his first dog story. A jut-jawed, athletic heavyweight, who had boxed exhibition bouts with James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Jeffries, he wrote eleven hours a day, six days a week for some 30 years. His kennels, Sunnybank, became the most famed collie kennels in the U.S.

Died. Edwin Milton Royle, 79, veteran actor and dramatist (The Squaw Man, The Unwritten Law); in Manhattan.

Died. General Nicolas Franco, 86, father of Generalissimo Francisco Franco; in Madrid.

Left. By the late Playwright Sidney Coe Howard (They Knew What They Wanted, Yellowback, The Silver Cord): a net estate of $243,566; to his widow, Leopoldine, daughter of Walter Damrosch.