TURKEY: Abdul's Heirs

Fixed in many a schoolboy's memory is the fact that 15th Century George Duke of Clarence died in a butt of malmsey (aromatic grape) wine. Sleepy-eyed Abdul Hamil II, Sultan of Turkey, died in Magnesia, not a solution but a town in Asia Minor. At the time of his death (1918), though a prisoner of the "Young Turkish" government he was worth $1,500,000,000, was generally considered Richest Man in the World. Last week the Greek government agreed to pay $50,000,000 to nine of his widows, 13 of his children. Not only the heirs...

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