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Post by Karen on Tue 15 May 2012 - 19:57

Ex-King Manuel and Miss Astor.

Up-river social haunts, along the River Thames, are talking of the growing friendship of ex-King Manuel of Portugal and Miss Muriel Astor, daughter of the late Colonel J.J. Astor.
The more sentimental gossips are not scrupling to throw the halo of romance over the Portuguese and the American.
It is common knowledge in the best class of society that Manuel and his mother have been frequent visitors at the Astor mansion in Grosvenor Square for a long time, and also that Mrs. Astor and her daughter have been entertained by him at his house in Richmond.
But it was not till the ex-monarch and the beautiful young American took to sculling regularly on the Richmond stretch of the river that the general run of "Thames-siders" began to take notice.
The name of King Manuel has, of course, been associated with many society eligibles.

A Titanic Victim's Son.

Mr. Vincent Astor, son of the late Colonel John Jacob Astor, who was lost in the Titanic disaster, left London recently for America, where he will take up his studies at Harvard University. His mother bade him farewell at Euston Station, and he endeavoured to escape attention by avoiding the carriage which was specially labelled with his name and occupying another.
Vincent Astor, who is described as being of a pleasant, amiable, but somewhat shy disposition, is the richest young man in America, for his fortune is estimated at from 20,000,000 pounds to 30,000,000 pounds. It was somewhat of a surprise to people that he had decided to return to Harvard, because it had been understood that he was to take up a business career in New York, attending to his vast interests.
He is going to share a suite with an old school chum, the rent of which will only cost them about 2 pounds a week each. Everything else though, such as light, heat, furnishings, janitor's services, will be regarded as "extras." But even then the whole thing will only work out at about 160 pounds for the year. Last year young Astor lived alone, and his friends say it was too dull and lonely for him, so he decided this year to have a chum.
Neither Astor nor his companion will have a valet except the usual house valet to be found in each of the Harvard dormitories. The suite only consists of a study, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Mr. Astor chose the wall-paper for the rooms and also selected the colours of the paints.

Source: Penny Illustrated Paper, Saturday October 12, 1912; Page 451; Issue 2681

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