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Former Ambassador to Italy Edited Fake Crimson Issue in 1900


Death yesterday removed a central figure from a CRIMSON-Lampeen controversy of a quarter of a century age when Richard Washburn Child '03, former ambassador to Italy, died of pneumonia in New York City.

One sunny spring morning around 1900, the College was started to learn from the CRIMSON that the Board of Overseers had ordered that the honorary degree which was to be awarded to President McKinley in June, be withheld. From coast to coast the story was a miner scandal until the Lampeen disclosed that if had relieved exhausted CRIMSON editors of their jobs for one night.

Mr. Child, who afterwards gained prominence as an author a diplomat and a roving investigator for President Roosevelt, had a brilliant undergraduate record as ivy orator, member of the football team, and the Lampoon, and President of the Advocate. He married four times between 1916 and 1921. His second wife is Maude Parker, the anchoress.

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