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Mystery of the Czar's
Fat e Is Still U nsolved
Carl W. Ackerman, New York Newspaper Man, Who Investigated
the Story of the Slaying of the Imperial Family at Ekaterin
burg in the Ural, Found Five Varying Accounts.
So many conflicting stories have been
told of the fate of Czar Nicholas and
hie family, all under the vague guise of
"authentic secret reports" from this or
that quarter, or the statements of one
or another obscure official, that serious
doubts are beginning to be entertained
as to the truth of any of the reports
published and predictions are being
freely voiced, especially in England, that
some, If not all of the imperial family,
will yet be found alive and hidden away
in Russian dungeons or monasteries. _A
recent report that the czarina was still
alive was published in the London Tele
graph, tracing the rumor to the author
ity of her brother, the grand duke of
Hesse. , .
At leaat five different versions of the
alleged wholesale slaughter of the
family have been put forth from differ
ent sources, none of them agreeing in
.particulars and all of them suggestive of
an atmosphere of propaganda. No traces
of the bodies or even of-the burial place
of the slain Romanoffs have ever been
found and the latest report, printed in
the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, official
organ of the German foreign office, as
if to meet this discrepancy, states on the
authority of an "authentic Moscow
secret report" that the body of the
czarina was packed in a case, taken to
Moscow, and there burned in a stove.
This report also states that the entire
family were killed in a subterranean
drinking shop and that the czarina, after
falling at the first onslaught, arose to
her knees, stretched her hands upwards
and cried, "God has wrought a miracle
and I shall live." Seven bullets, it is
said .were required to put an end to
the little Czarevitch Alexis. Nothing is
said about the disposition of any of the
bodies other than that of the czar.
Last in Ipatieff House.
While the German secret service at
the time of the alleged killing was un
doubtedly possessed of special facilities
for ascettaining what was happening in
Russia, and might be supposed to have
had a special interest in the fate, at
least of the czarina, a German princess.
It is noticeable that this report, of semi
official German origin, differs in essen
tial particulars from what had previous
ly seemed to be the best authenticated
accounts of the murders.
Carl W. Ackerman, special correspond
ent of the New York Times, who was
in Ekaterinburg a short time after the
killing was alleged to have taken plare.
has given in his book, "Trailing the
Bolsheviki" (Scribners), a resume of all
the facts, rumors and theories that he
could gather upon the subject, and leaves
it still invested with an atmosphere of
mystery and doubt. After setting forth
a statement, said to have been made by
Parfen Dominin, a body servant of the
czar, in which a circumstantial account
is given of the last days of the czar in
the Ipatieff bouse at Ekaterinburg, and
of the czar's being taken away from his
family for a 1 midnight trial before the
Ural District Soviet, and of his sub
sequent execution. "nobody knows
where", during the night of July 16. by
a squad of Red army soldiers, Acker
man sums the evidence up thus:
"Throuout the time the czar and1 his :
family were imprisoned here efforts
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tmv?hi* fnrmpr fmnena^ nvister (iener il
Dutoff another friend of the czar op- '
to deliver hit friend. The Czech-Slovaks, j
despite their revolutionary tendencies,
were bent upon snatching the czar from i
♦ho hniühoi-iu i
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Many Efforts to Free Czar. .
"There were independent Russian and .
foreign business interests in Ekaterin
burg which wanted bim released. More j
monev was spent in trying to free Nich
olas Romanoff than the bolsheviki ever
used in guarding and transporting him \
or maintaining an organization to pre
vent his escape. At times he was guard- !
ed by only three Red guardsmen !
"Thus in advance of the czar s trial <
before the secret night session of the
I rai district soviet a bitter and cease- ;
less contest between the friends and ene- 1
mies or the czar was being waged. :
Ekaterinburg was the center of intrigue ^
and the czar himself was playing no un
,ID P?^ tan * , pai l t- . , . .. j
After the trial where the czar is said
to have been condemned to death, the
Moscow wireless station sent out an of- ;
ficial communication addressed, as are
all messages under control of the so- I
viet. To all, to all to all, announcing i
that the czar had been executed at
Ekaterinburg, but that the family had
been removed to a place of safety.
"But was Nicholas II killed? If so.
how and where? This is where the real
mystery of the czar's fate begins. From
that date until today the world has
speculated. Evidence of all kinds has
been published to prove his death and to
announce that he is still alive. Weigh
ing the evidence regarding the czar him
self, I should say that six-tenths of the
weight indicates that he is dead; four
tenths that he may be alive. The czar
was tried, condemned to death, and tak
en from the courtroom back to the ;
Ipatieff residence Some maintain that he'
»us executed immediatelv in the base
was executed immediately in the base
ment, or on the first floor of this
house. Other citizens declare that he was
taken outside the city and shot. Some
think that he was murdered in the house
without trial.
"To show how the testimony differs
shall refer to the published statements
of Prince Lvoff.
Doubt Prince Lvoff's Account.
"He declared in Vladivostok and in
Japan that he and the czar were kept
in the same prison and had the same i
•_ 11 Tkn* k. 1. - £
jailers. That cannot be true as far as
Ekaterinburg is concerned, because 1
could not find a man in Ekaterinburg
who had heard that Prince Lvoff was
in the Ipatieff residence as a prisoner
Prince Lvoff and many others declare
that the czar and his whole family were
killed in the Ipatieff house, and they
point to the bullet holes in the walls of
the room.
''The nun from the monastery who
took eggs and milk to the czarevich
told me that she is positive none of
them was executed in this house, and
that the czarina, the czarevich and the
daughters were taken away in a motor
truck which she saw standing in the
grounds of the Ipatieff residence July
15. She believes the czar is dead, but
that the family is still alive. On the
other hand, one of the priests from the
same monastery, who held short serv
ices upon a few occasions in the house
for the imperial family, asured me that
'the whole family is alive and well.'
"While I was in Tiumen, the chief
city between Omsk and Ekaterinburg,
one of the members of the Russian no
bility,- who wus an intimate friend of
the czarina, received a message from
the interior of Russia by courier, say
ing, 'Your friends are well.' When I
questioned the American, British and
French consuls, who were in the city
during the Bolshevist occupation, as to
their opinions, they stated frankly that
they did not know whether the czar
was dead or alive, and they were still
conducting their investigations. Pro
fessor Ipatieff, who is now living on the
first floor of his house, surrounded by
most of the furniture used by the im
perial family, showed me thru the house
on two occasions and described in de
tails how the whole family was brought
from the second floor to the main floor
by way of the servants' stairs, lined up
against the wall and shoi.
Bullet Holes Only Evidence.
"A number of the judicial investigat
ing committee believes the family was
killed in this house, but the only evi
dence any of them possesses is the bullet
holes in the walls and floors and the find
ing of certain property of the czar and
czarina in the ashes or the stoves. I
saw the room in which they were sup
posed to nave been killed en masse, but
I was not convinced by the evidence
presented there for these reasons:
"If the whole family was executed in
this room, then seven persons were
killed. The bullet hoies were in the
walls and some 'blood clots.' There
were no pools of blood and it seemed
doubtful to me that seven persons should
die a horrible death and leave only small
blood clots in the bullet holes and small
stains on the foor.
"If killed here the bodies must have
been removed, because they were not
found in this room nor in the house.
By removing seven bodies from such a
room, in midsummer, wnen it was hot
and sultry ai>d the members of the fami
ly did not \ve8r he vy clothing, it seems
thit bloodstains should nave been found
in other parts of the house, but none
were found.
"It is stated that the bodies were
burned in the house after the execution.
This I believe impossible because none
of the stoves in the house are large
enough. The opening to each stove is
not more than a foot wide or deep. Still,
in one of these stoves the investigating
committee found a military cross which
the czar once wore, corset stars and a
large diamond belonging to the i-zarina.
The stove in which these things were
found was in the bedroom of the czar's
daughters. This stove was never used
by the Bolshevist guard, and it is plausi
ble that the czar ana czarina burned
these things themseives at the last hour
so that the soviet would not find them.
The committee failed to find any trace
of human bodies in the ashes.
The Five Varying Stories.
"After examining all the evidence pre
sented by Professor Ipatieff I made an
investigation of the testimony that the
czar was taken away and executed. The
Bolsheviki claim that this is what hap
pened—that he was executed outside the
city before a firine squad. But was he? I
Is it not possible that the czar was kid
napped after he left the house, sur- !
: r0lmded by ollly the thr H e d Army :
goldierfl 2 Considering all the efforts '
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i "S
a W a J . 18 It HOC pOSSlDle tnat Some of
the dislo J" al bolshevist soldiers. who !
' were acc «Pting bribes and transmitting
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—, } > ® - these questions of many
i „ In rppl v r , 1 , re ; <
i cejved all varieties of answers. The fact i
' * s t* 58 * no one knows, but all have their I
. opinions. Professor Ipatieff thinks the ;
. questions are without justification. The'
priest thinks that the czar was saved,
j The nun thinks he was killed after
ward, but the familv saved. The invosti
gating committee is divided. The Allied .
\ consuls don't know. And still there i«
the testimony of a prominent Russian
! merchant of Ekaterinburg that he saw
! the czar and his family in the private
< office of the railroad depot master Julv ,
20. four days after the alleged kiilinç. !
; "Ekaterinburg is divided. Since the
1 ]atter ,, art of JuIyj for sçren mont}lH
: t he city and surrounding country has
^ been searched, and no remains of the
bodies, no authentic traces of the
family, have been found. Some day when
j 8 p OSS jb] e to go into European
j} uss j H nnr j question other witnesses the
; p UZZ ] c uiav be solved. Nicholas II. the
fflrmPr ( . zar of all {h( . Russin and his
I faraily may be dead Xh tW ü
i Who know( , r
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icôi t e- ( m necklace which in
^ost $.>00. _ In 18.j0 it changed
Necklace Which Sold for $500 Ift 1824
Now Worth 550,000.
Diamonds and pearls, especially
pearls, according to some authorities
are becoming in practice the real in
ternational money. Thousands of Rus
sians since rheir escape from Bolshev
ism are living on their jewels, who
would starve if they depended on landed
estates or stock exchange securities.
As showing the enormous rise in the
value of [je, 'iris the Matin has traced
hands for three times that sum; in lKflO
it was sold for $5,000, in 1900 for S7,
000 and in 1014 for $22,500. Today it*
va!ue is $50,000. Increased demand
and smaller production are »he explana
At any social gathering today in Par
is, London, Rome, New York and Bue
nos Aires there is scarcely a woman of
any pretensions to elegance, as th<;
newspapers point out, who has not
pearl necklace. In the meanwhile the
i pearl fisheries, partly from exhaustion
i .1 f I , - .... . .
and partly from lack of suitable labor,
are producing less and less.—London
Special to The Daily Tribune.
Shelby, July 26.—The following civil
actions were filed the past week in the
district court:
American Banker Incorporations com
cher. Apany vs. Charles Kitcher, Maude
Kitcher, Abbie Wadsworth and Western
Mortgage Loan company, foreclosure of
real estate mortgage.
T. E. McClintock vs. Jonas L. Artz,
et al, foreclosure of real estete mort
Ida M. Dickinson vs. Charles H. Far
rell and Helen Farrell, suit on deed.
"And shall I be able to play the piano
when my hands heal?" asked the wound
ed soldier.
"Certainly, you will," 6aid the doctor.
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