C. J. McDevitt MD Heads of the Tsar 3MAR1923
Ill I W HI III SIIIV i n n, Urriavltt-and ' u w : mm. mm m m mi m .uu i mi. v..wa v.. ..... IIUIftL IILNUU Preserved in Alcohol In Moscow, Former Cincln natian Learns in Manila. New Version of Fate of Russian Czar's Family Related By . Captain, Letter States. Information purporting to' verify the -report that the heads of Cxar Nieholas and the members of the tanner Russian royal family are being preserved In alcohol at Moscow has been received by William J. McDevitt, 275 McCormtck place, from his son. Dr. C. J. McDevitt. former receiving physician at the General Hospital, who now la in the Philippines. Dr. McDevitt a Chief of the United States Health Service in the Philippines, with headquartera in Manila, and In that capacity he assisted In meeting seven of the twelve ships which reached Manila recently, flying the Imperial flag of Russia, after encountering a storm in which Ave of the ships were missing.. They were believed to have landed on another Island. On board the ahlps were a number of refugees fleeing from Russia, The story of the disposition of the heads of the members of the Imperial family was told by a Captain Fermln, Chief of Staff of the Russian fleet, following Its landing In Manila. Raaalaa Telia Strange Tale. According to the Russian, the head of the former Cxar and the members of his family are behind heavy steel doors In the "historic Kremlin of Moscow. Guards of the Soviet Government keep constant watch at these doors to prevent unauthorized persons from entering. From the heavy Iron gratings of the casement In the room the light falls upon seven heavy bottles of crystal glass, filled with alcohol, through which stare the sightless eyes and peer the pale counte-nancea of those who made up the Imperial family of old Russia, according to the atory of the Russian. This story waa gleaned by the Russian Captain from the records of the murderers themselves, while serving as an officer with the land forces-of Admiral Kolohak. The documents were 'seised by Kolchak's forces and remained In hla hands for some time, bearing out the original story of tha selture of the members of the royal family, and their murder by rifle lire at tha quarters where they were housed. After the shooting, according to the i Russian Captain's report the heads' were cut from the bodies , and the bodies burned. The heads are being kept at the Kremlin, not for public display, but as evidence for the Soviet f and -bathed and sent to the barracks, under direction of Dr. McDevitt 'and other physicians in the health service. The- clothing was sent through a steam steriliser and the ships were thoroughly fumigated with sulphur to remove any trace of disease. Five children were born on the tour and If others were expected within the next two months. Among those aboard were number of highly cultured women. 'One particularly Inter-eating sight being that of an apparently cultured woman. Clad In a soiled gingham wrapper, leaning over the rati watching the shore through a Jeweled lorgnette. The refugees were planning to engage In inter-Island trade and support themselves, because of their fear of returning to Russia with the Soviet Government In control. At the time . Mr. McDevitt heard from hla son this phase of, the matter had not 'been decided definitely. ' To Draft Merger Plan For City and County Govenments Civic Club Representatives Revive f eonomy Move. ' Steps to obtain a consolidation of the city and county governments In Hamilton County were discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Subcommittee on Municipal Finance, 'composed of representatives of 15 civic organizations which met yesterday at the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was the outcome of the luncheon meeting of a similar group held several weeks ago. A. E. Mlttendorf, former' President of the Federated Improvement Association, presided, and there was considerable' discussion on the advisability of reviving' the plans of the War Economy Committee appointed by former Mayor Galvln, of which Guy! W. Mallon was the head. I A committee of three, consisting of' Louis Drach. representing the Feder- ! ated Improvement 'Association? Gideon C. Wilson, the Rotary Club, and Edward P. Rush, the Klwanls Club, was designated with ' authority to make a survey of methods by which an amalgamation of the city and county governments might be brought about. The Chamber of Commerce has written to Senator L. 0. Colllater of Cleveland for particulars about the joint resolution Introduced in the Senate which is designed to authorise cities of more than 100,000 population to amalgamate the city and county governments for purposes' of economy. , When the text of this resolution Is received It will be turned over to the special committee by the Chamber. The meeting deride- to recommend the Tart bill raising the limit of tax assessments to 17 mills and takins care of necessary bond Issues. A special tax of 2 centa a gallon on au- Government'a story that the members J tomobiles was condemned by several of the family actually were killed, and that they did not escape to the protection of Cossack loyalists in the mountains. As the ships landed In Manila the women and children were segregated speakers, though the matter was not brought to a vote. The bill authorizing It was found to contain a provision allowing all farmers ualng tractors o purchase gasoline and be exempted from the proposed tax.