Charles City, VA (near) Former Diplomat Killed, Oct 1938


Richmond, Va., Oct. 3 -- (AP) -- RICHARD CRANE, of "Westover," former United States minister to Czechoslovakia and a prominent figure in Virginia's social life, was accidentally killed with his own gun while hunting. He was 56 years old.

Dr. J. R. Parker, Charles City county coroner, said MR. CRANE'S gun discharged as he stepped from a boat in marshlands on his famous James River estate.

MR. CRANE was formerly vice-president of the CRANE Company of Chicago and at one time was private secretary to Robert Lansing, secretary of state.

He went to Czechoslovakia as minister in 1919 and remained two years. He was awarded the great cross of the order of White Lions by that country.

Daily Capital News Jefferson City Missouri 1938-10-04