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10 A Hiflh Point EnttrpriM, Frktey, July IT, 1M4 Daughter Of Harding Love Found GLENDALE, Calif. (AP)-A Glendale housewife and mother of three has yielded up a secret kept for more than 20 years: She is the illegitimate daughter of Warren Gamaliel Harding, 29th president of the United States. Mrs. Henry E. Blaesing, 46, speaking in a tired voice, said she is the late president's daughter by a mistress, Nan Britton.

"I've talked to so many reporters today," she said. "I haven't even had a chance to talk to my sons to find out what they think of all this." News stories about recently discovered love letters from Harding to another mistress, Mrs. James Phillips of Marion, Ohio, referred to Nan Britton and to the "love child" i Britton said she bcre out of wedlock. The Los Angeles Herald Examiner found Mrs. Blaesing living in this suburban community.

Miss Britton, now 67, lives in Evanston, 111. "We are very close," said Mrs. Blaesing. "She's a.wonder- ful person." Mrs. Blaesing, listed as Elizabeth Ann Christian on her birth certificate, was bom Oct.

22, 1919, in Asbury Park, N.J. Harding, then a U.S. senator, was 53, married, childless and just one year away from the presidency. In 1921 Elizabeth Ann was adopted in Chicago by her mother's sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, Scott Willits. They also live in Glendale now.

"I was the most logical one to adopt her," says "I had no children, and that way we could keep her in the family. She thought we were her parents until her mother took her back when she was seven." Mrs. Blaesing recalls: "My mother told me when I was very young that President Harding was my father. He died in 1923. I don't remember ever seeing him.

I believe, though, that my mother sent him photographs of me and my mother told me that he sometimes inquired about me." Mrs. Blaesing says knowledge of who her father was created no problems for her. "I had a normal childhood," she says, "but then, I didn't go around telling people about it." She continued: "I do recall that when she (her mother) spoke of President Harding she always talked of him in glowing terms. Mother wasn't bitter. All through the years she never spoke badly of him.

It was all love, adoration and affection. She told me she loved him very much. She still does." Mrs. Blaesing was married on Sept. 18,1938, in Chicago.

The Blaesings moved to California at the end of World War MRS. HENRY E. BLAESING and settled in Glendale three and a half years ago. Blaesing is manager of an office building. 1 Three Arrested In Bonk Holdup LUMBERTON, N.C.

(AP) Most of the $15,400 taken in a Fayettevilfe branch bank holdup Wednesday was recovered with the arrest of three men at a Lumberton home Thursday. Bob Murphy, agent in charge in the Charlotte FBI office, said $14,950 was found along with a sawed off shotgun and pistol in the bouse. Twenty officers closed in on the three suspects, tracing them through an abandoned stolen car believed to be used in the robbery. The three men offered no rwitteoce. Charged with bank robbery and arraigned before a U.S.

commissioner in Fayetteville, 30 miles away, were Julian Paul Taylor, 33, and George Washington Smith, 38, both of Baltimore, and a Wayne Scott, 24, a native of Harlan County, Ky. They were jailed in lieu of $20,000 bond each. They will stand trial during the next term of federal court. They have three sons, 17,13 and 10. Until Thursday, Mrs.

Blaesing says, only her closest friends and a few members of the family have known of her parentage. Even her sons hadn't know. Three bandits robbed tht First Union National Bank at the Treasure City Shopping Center just outside Fayetteville shortly after it opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday. a manager James M.

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