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MISS ASQUITH'S FIANCE DEAD

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MISS ASQUITH'S FIANCE DEAD

The New York Times
December 17, 1909


Hon. Archibald Gordon Succumbs to Injuries Received in Auto Accident.

Special Cable to The New York Times.

LONDON, Dec. 16.—The Hon. Archibald Gordon, third son of the Earl of Aberdeen, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, died to-day of injuries received in an automobile accident on Nov. 28.

His death was doubly pathetic in view of the fact that an engagement of marriage was entered into between him and Miss Violet Asquith, daughter of the Prime Minister, shortly before his death.  Miss Asquith, who, with Mrs. Asquith, furnished the inspiration for William Watson's poem, "The Woman with the Serpent's Tongue," had tenderly nursed her fiancé from the time of his accident until his death.  She is prostrated.

Mr. and Mrs. Asquith were also present when the end came, having motored to Winchester Hospital, where young Gordon was lying, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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