Van Lear Black's will.
I rnT i Tr MlLLlUni fcM A I L j i VAN LEAR BLACK’S WILL DISPOSES OF Lost Publishers Death is Con firmed By Court on Probating Probating Will BALTIMORE. Md.. Sept 3— OF>Rumors Van Lear Black, publisher, capitalist;**01*^ and world flier, who disappeared Into; the night from his yacht on Aug. 13, j was legally adjudged to be dead to- day after a hearing and his will, dis*; posing of an estate of more than $3,000000, was admitted to probate. torney for*' nan Leaf liiaek Jr.. the eldest son and two minor children oi! the publisher, who asked for a delay in recognizing the instrument, indt- i cated the possibility that an attempt to break the will mi- ht be made but none would discuss this Captain John N. Kelly, of Sabalo, a steward and Mr. Black's valet, Percy Sellers, testified that they believed he had fallen overboard accidentally while sitting on the rai the oi the yacht, but the three judges oi the orphans court, who conducted the the residuary estate after special b hearing, ruled only that the fact o! death had been established and that the will should be admitted. Van Lear Black Jr.. was made the beneficiary of a life time trust fund of $50 000 by the will, made in Lon- don in January of this year, shortly before Mr. Black started a flight to Tokyo. A daughter. Mrs. T. Buchanan Blakiston, was bequeathed $ 250 . 00*1 and a share in the residuary estate; end her husband $100.000. but Van Lear Jr., was given only the $50,000 trust fund and the publisher's widow, Mrs. Jessie Gary Black and the othei four children, are to share only in - quests totaling more than $1.000.000 are paid. The control of the A. S Abell com- Biack. who was bequeathed all Van Lear Black s share in the company, aRd made trustee of the estate, Ni> merous other bequests were made xne control ot tne A. b Abeli com- pany, publishers of the Baltimore Sun ..nd the Evening Sun. was tiiven to the publisher s brother. Harry a-hn U' qc from $15,000 The petition for ministration estimated the estate at $3.270.000. said this Lgure The three witnesses a^l testified that 80cxl sPirils at the Captain Kelly said the publisher could morfe than 15 minutes after he fell lrom the rail into a fairly heavy ¿ea.