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Pepper, many times millionaire, and once owner of famous race horses, who died Monday afternoon at the Waldorf-Astoria, Waldorf-Astoria, was shipped to-day to Lexington, Lexington, Ky., the home of the Peppers. Mrs. Pepper accompanied it. Coroner Harburger was very much surprised surprised when he learned that Mrs. Pepper had been able to undertake the trip. Owing to a defect in the death certificate, certificate, the coroner liad been notified by the board of health to ascertain the causes of the colonel's death. He held informal proceedings Monday afternoon in the apartment of'Col. Pepper, Â«n the twelfth floor of the hotel, and took the testimony of Dr. Richard Gibbons, ,the colonel's physician, and of others in the hotel. Dr. Gibbons stated that Mrs. Pepper was in danger of a total collapse if questioned questioned by the coroner. "Mrs. Pepper," he said, "Is quite sick, piobably with bronchial pneumonia. Her temperature, notwithstanding that she Is under medical treatment, was, at 9:15 o'clock last night, 1012-5. She is now somewhat under the Influence of morphine morphine and atroplne. "In view of the fact," said Coroner Harburger, "that Mrs. Pepper could undertake undertake such a journey to-day, it seems atrange, to say the least, that she was absolutely unable, on account of serious sickness, to make a statement last night" Formal Inquiry into Death. As a result of his visit to the apartment on Monday, the coroner ordered the body removed to an undertaker's and notified Dr. O'Hanlon, the coroner's physician, to hold an autopsy. Dr. O"H.anlon gave as his opinion that death was due to fat embolism, resulting from a fracture of the leg. The fracture was due to natural causes. ; Coroner Harburger said that any further action In the case would be purely formal. Affidavits will be taken from the doctors attending Col. Pepper, from Dr. O Han- Ion, and others connected with the case. The original death certificate set forth that Col. Pepper died of kidney, lung, heart trouble, and a fracture of the leg. Because of this fracture the health department department became suspicious. They took no chances of having some one accuse them in the future of being lax, if it should develop that the Lexington man had not died a natural death. Last Thursday Col. Pepper was crossing crossing Thirty-third street at Broadway, when he fell. His leg was fractured. He refused refused medical attention on the spot, although although the policeman wanted to summon an ambulance. Col Pepper was attended by Drs. Janeway, Janeway, Bull, Caldwell, .GIbney, and Gibbons, all eminent in their profession. Because of the colonel's advanced age and the injury to his leg, the kidney and lung trouble which attacked him after he was confined to his bed took fatal hold of Wife Held Him to Success. Col. James E. Pepper retired from the turf about five years ago, after his beautiful beautiful wife, who was Miss Ella Oftutt, a belle of Kentucky, had pulled him out his financial misfortunes on the track by her shrewd management Among the horses raced by him were King Pepper, Red Pepper, Pure Pepper, and Whisky King. Arthur Featherstone five years ago purchased purchased some of the colonel's horses, and Frank Farrell, just as he was making American Baseball League a factor In the sports of the country, bought, among other horses. King Pepper. Mrs. Pepper was largely responsible for the success of her husband. If consideration consideration of his immense distillery interests interests be dlsregaded, she made him financially. financially. He failed on the turf until Mrs Pepper took hold of affairs. She became "Queen of the American Turf." Her judgment seemed to be Infallible, and after her husband, through her guidance, had retrieved his fortunes, she retired Col. Pepper personally superintended his breeding farm near Lexington. No detail of management escaped his alert eye. And he conceived the idea of linking his buiness with his pleasures, naming his horses after the name of his corporation. corporation. Did Not Race for Money. Among the millionaires who race horses and who watch horses race Col. Pepper was known, even more than the late William C. Whitney, as a man who did race his thoroughbreds for money. He put them on the track so that he might experience the thrill which comes of watching one's favorites contend with the favorites of others At Shepshead Bay, Gravesend and tne old Morris Park tracks Col. Pepper's figure figure was a familiar one. Wearing his broad slouch hat, his trousers baggy at the knees, his coat wrinkled and his features features always calm and kindly, he circled around the lawns. Like a true Kentuckian, the colonel honored his horses by engaging a private box at the tracks, so that his friends might enjoy the excitement of the contest contest as well as himself. He didn't always always occupy these boxes. He loved to thread his way through the howling mob on the lawns, and, in strange contrast to the turbulent scene, he would be cool, calm and contented, whether he won or lost.