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-WIDENERS FRENCH LOSS PARIS, France. Joseph E. Widener, the American sportsman who racesan extensive stable here as well as in the United States, recently suffered an extremely regrettable loss in the death of the four-year-old colt Astronomer. A horse which required plenty of work, Frank Carter saddled him on thirteen occasions as a three-year-old. Early in the season he was just beaten at Longchamp for two of the big poules, and then won three races, netting over 300,000 francs in stakes, and was placed oh six occasions. His best and most remarkable performance was when he was just caught on the post in the Prix Royal Oak French St. Leger mile and seven furlongs by Brantome, which beat him a neck at even weights. Bred by the Philadelphian sportsman, on his performances and blood lines he would have made a successful stallion. By Asterus by Teddy, he was from Roseola, by Swynford Rose-way, by Stronoway, from Rose of Ayrshire.