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Mr. Frank P. Smith, of Topeka, Kansas, 'has sued Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Herman Oelrichs for a seventh part of the estate of the late Mrs. Charles Fair, valued at, more than £2,000.000. Mr. and Mrs. Fair were killed in a motoring accident in France in 1902, and the suit brought by Mr. Smith, who claims to be a half-brother of Mrs. Fair, is based on the contention that she survived her husband for a few minutes after the accident. Application .has'been made for a commission to take evidence in France as to the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Fair. « In her will Mrs. Fair left £2000 to Smith, whose residence Was unknown when the will was admitted to probate. Smith left home at the age of 18, and after a long search for him the Californian courts decided that his right to the legacy had lapsed because of his failure to appear and claim it. Smith says he was in Mexico at the time of Mrs. Fair's death, and that although he read of the tragedy in the newspapers he did not think she was his sister till long afterwards, when he- learned of the death of Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Fair's mother. Smith claims to be the second son of Mrs. Nelson by her first husband. Mrs. Fair was Mrs. Nelson's daughter by her second marriage. Several members of the Smith-Nelson family sued Mrs. Fair's estate, but compromised for £5000 each. This sum was offered to the present claimant, who refused it.

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ROMANTIC STORY OF A LOST HEIR., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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ROMANTIC STORY OF A LOST HEIR. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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