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Amusements ; Church News...... Comict . Ftmjly SÂ«tion LigÂ«l Noticn . to discuss the latest U.S.- one of the five black-ruled House conservatives succwd- Bntish plan to bring back- soalhwn African states that ?h^ Â· y iiJ?? r i, ninel11 i\ bce ' 1 P rovidm S Rhodesia, Ihe Salisbury govern- and shelter for Hack Rhodes'ian'. ment.anwunced today. Â· guerrillas to Iheir war to oust The -government statement ed in paring down -the maximum compensation for a vic- '. lira from $50,000 to $25 000 ard . Ihe federal share of eacfi state's effort from 50 per cent to 25 per (he i.OOO-fool-wjde, six-incb- deep stream of lava was' expelled to k'gin passing tlirougli the village and into the sea sometime today. . Scientists said lhe historic Star of Hie Sea Catholic Cliurch watching from (be second-story pnrch of nis home as Ihe flow moved down the forested hiljs. Scientists orignially expected the lava lo reach Kalapana Friday afterwon, but ils fkiw \vas slowed hy a series of gullii-s, linuc-d sporadically. The latel 'activity resumfd Mnndiy. Kvacnalton of Kalapana's -r/J families began Thursday. Man. of Intm have li-fi their homes in the pjsl to escape crnptluns liilal waves and cvirthqiiakes Reuben Darby/missing seven years, now legally dead Derby II ws* MM on S*pt. 2, Â«Â·Â», a JTMT b*torÂ« Ma Hup- pMrane*., Mood VMM* on Darby's now It Irani a scutn* b*Â«wÂ«*n him wW C harks WoM Jr., who, Dwfaji claiitwd was hired, to cut tact out- BÂ» TERRY TALBERT amf ELLEN UZELAC Keuben Upton Darby II,'the man who created a name locally because of his -assorted business v e n t u r e s and mysterious disappearance seven years ago, was declared legally dead Friday. Following a lminule hearing in Washington County Circuit Court, Judge Irvjnc H. Hul- IcfJgc ruled "the courl finds that the evidence issulficientlo declare Reuben Upton Darby ff declared dead." .' In a yet unsigned written opin- Â·km, Rullcdgc said he arrived Â· at the ruling .following ' testimony offered by Darby's wife SÂ«ba and son Heuben U. Darby fit. - He wrote that testimony showed, a thorough investigation conducted by Darby's son that led him Irom Alaska lo Mexico and faints in between uncovered no evidence as to his father's whereabouts. In addition, he said testimony showed Darby had received threats to his life shortly before he disappeared and that at one point he was exposed (o a ''specific peril of dealti." tlert HiillSfgc referred lo an incident that occurred eight years ago- when Charles Wolf Jr., of' Baltimore, assaulted Darby in an alleged attempt to persuade him lo pay off a certain creditor.. - The ^opinion and declaration of death order are expected lo be tiled ia court Monday. The hearing was iriitiated by Seba Darby, 60, of Big Pool According (o her attorney George Snyder Jr., a lavorable ruling entitles her lo Social Security benefits she wouldn't receive olhciwise. , The ruling also opens the door for Darby's beneficiaries -reported (o number fa -- la collect what some insurance in-,, vcstigalors say may lop $1 million ,from policies Darby wrote out to them as a way of clearing debts. Several investJEa.lors came lo llagcrslown over the summer monlhs looking for traces of Darby's whereabouts in hopes that they could defeat a declaration of iloatli hearing so Iheir companies wouldn't have to honor the policies. No investigators appeared in court Friday. Mrs.'Darby, who married the missing man on a summer day 38 years ago, was the first lo 'testify al the afternoon hearing. She said without her permis- ' sion her husband had "frequent- Iv" signed her name to noire as he borrowed money to keep liis Itoundering business ventures in operation. ' She said shortly before her husband vanished they had re- ceived telephone threats that her life was in danger and "(hey would burn our house down." She testified Ihe threats ended on Ihe date of Darby's disappearance. Mrs. Uarby said lhe lasl lime she saw her husband alive was lhe night of Sept. 24, 1970. The following evening she said she was attending a meeting at the American Legion when slate police told her Darby's office had been broken into.and he was missing. Under questioning by Snyder and Itie judge, .Mrs. Da'rby said she didn't know the total debts her husband bad accumulated during Iheir years together. She did say, however, that she was currently, paying J250 a month to the IKS lor 1967 taxes her husband owed the government. A postmistress in Big Pool for the'past 21 years, Mrs. Darby said her only assets are her annual salary ol $17,000 and her car. She said when Darby disappeared she was le[( with no property, no stocks or bonds, and no money in her checking or savings accounts. Mrs. Darby told the judge lhat although she had contemplated "hiring a detective to search for her husband, "there just wasn'l any money" to do that. The only other person to testify at the hearing was Heuben U, Darby III, 37, one of tlie couple's Ihrec children. Darby said ho had searched for his father in Alaska, in Nogales, Mexico, and "many cities in -between" without success. Ho said he spent several days In ValdiJ, Alaska after a Baltimore attorney toH him he and the elder Darby had discussed "a se-hcmc lo buy land to block Ihe approach to the Alaskan pipeline." From there, Darby said he traveled to iVogales, because r.e remembered his father had talked about a Mexican fruit importer who was intcrcslcd in gelling a "slew of cabooses" from him, and because he Ihoughl "Ihat might be another food place for him to hide.' The younger Darby saiij despite his. efforts lo locate his falhcr under his real name and several aliases te "found out virtually nothing" aboul liii whereabouts. Darby, who would be CO now was born-in Uallimorc. Ihe snn of an Insurance broker. He moved to Washington Counly and sealed in the Big Pool area in 1D17. A gun collector and Civil War buff. Darby was involved in a number of enterprises -- including ITO Civil \V,ir museums, a woods product coVipany and a railroad car renovation company - all ol which folded and (eft dim swimming in debts. Alter Iris lasl venliire. tlie I'lejy.iie Kail Company, (ell lliniuj!i in 1570. D.-irby u'vis Irlt wilh nothing hul debts he J b-.iill u; over Ihe le.irs. He vanished ir--sleriously ,1 lew inonlhs btei. All Inal remains nmv of Darby is a SXK of his personal effects housed al Ihe Maryland Siatu Police barrack "hore "Â·liii-h were found a( Ite scene ."f liis disappearance and iup- roscil abduction. Musty with ago, effects lliat vere scattered aboul Darby'* r.ir include a 1559 Xilional Kr- quirer article on Darby, a black and while checkered raincoat, his broken glasses ami two money wrappers found ui In* bustics near Ihe scene. Some theorize Darby was kitV naped. Others feel lie arrang** his own kidnaping acl lo avoU persistent credilors and Â·" history of debts.