King of Gypsies dies
Adam Black, Former 'King of Gypsies' And Marriage Broker, Dies at S. Bend SOOTH BEND, Ind., April 11. — (Si —Adam S. Black, onetime "king of the gypsies," marriage .broker and philanthropist, died in Memorial Hospital Monday ' after an illness of three months. The 62-year-old Black worked as a maintenance man in the St Joseph County highway garage, but his career was varied' and colorful. AT A MEETING in Los Angeles In 1940, he was elected king, of •bout 40,000 Hungarian and Romanian Romanian gypsies scattered across the United States. It was never ' clear whether King Adam abdicated his throne or was replaced. But he .said it didn't really matter, since gypsies were doomed in this country anyway anyway by the march of technology and modern police communications. communications. "Today everything too FBI," was the way Black explained it HE ALWAYS denied charges that gypsies were inherently crooked saying: "Gypsy no steal, just bless pocketbook. Gypsy live on blessings. blessings. Take a little, leave a little." Black, was a great lover of dogs, all of them mongrels of uncertain uncertain breeding. He once fought a highly publicized battle with the Internal Revenue Service in his attempt to list a dog named Agnes Pearl as a dependent on his income tax form. He lost. • When Agnes Pearl died under the wheels of a truck, Black asked the county commissioners to declare a day of mourning. He lost that attempt, too. BLACK ADDED to his county garage income by selling his "Gypsy Dream Book" and acting as a marriage broker. He once estimated he had united 4,000 couples in wedlock. Thousands of gypsies and just plain citizens flocked^to Summer outings Black staged in suburban picnic groves. He always wore the most gayly colored shirt in the crowd. Funeral mass will be conduct- DON DOMERS ed at 9 A. M. here Wednesday in Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial will be in St Joseph's Valley Memorial Park. THESE DAYS BY GEORGE E. SOKOLSKY POLITICS AND OLYMPICS The Olympic games are presumed presumed to be the acme of universal universal sports. But in recent years, the Olympics have become involved involved in politics, those who manage the games assuming to do what' all the diplomacy of the entire world and the United Nations has been unable to do, namely, to decide what is China. You may recall the television show of the Rome Olympics, when the delegation from Formosa Formosa carried a sign stating their protest agamst being regarded^ Formosa, which, of course, they are not. Their proper title is the Republic of China and they are so recognized by the United Nations. Nations. But it seems that the Marquess of Exeter, a great British sportsman, sportsman, favors Red Chinese participation participation in the Olympics. He has been quarrelling over this with General John Grombach, an American athlete who wanted to know why the Britisher was so excited about getting Red China in. So he hired an investigating agency in England to give him the low-down on the Marquess. This offended the^ Marquess, who adopts the position that he is emotionally a just man only interested in athletics. However, it was found that the Marquess of Exeter is an excellent excellent businessman who is a hank director and is also in many firms which have business with Soviet countries. The Marquess is a distinguished athlete, better known as Lord Burghley, and has gained many honors. However, the British Who's Who lists him as associated with numerous businesses, businesses, including the National Provincial Bank, Ltd., which acts as correspondent for Soviet and Red Chinese banks. The conflict therefore is between between the British view that Red China is China and the American view that the Republic of China is China. The Olympic Committee '