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Dr. Chambers Says He Had to Bring Away the Women and Children


Among the passengers who arrived yesterday from the Near East on the Greek Line steamship Themistocles were the Rev. Dr. William N. Chambers. who has been doing missionary work in Asia Minor for thirty years; his wife, and a number of women and children from the mission at Adana.

Dr. Chambers said that conditions had become so intolerable in Asia Minor that he was compelled to bring out all the women and children. He was arrested and kept in jail for two days by the Turks because he was a British subject, but the United States Consul procured his release.

Besides Mrs. Chambers, who is a sister of Talcott Williams, Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, the party included Mrs. Cyril H. Haus and her four children, Mrs. W. L. Nute and her son, Miss Mary G. Webb, and Miss Lyla Khyat.

Speaking of his arrest at Alexandretta on Dec. 22, Dr. Chambers said that eighteen Indians and himself, all British subjects, were locked up for forty-eight hours. He was released and the Indians were deported.

"From the City of Adana," he continued, "the Turks deported 18,000 Armenians, and in the district of Adana the number ran up to many additional thousands. They were sent into the Syrian Desert country. Fifty miles of the journey was made by rail and the remainder on Foot. I did not see any atrocities, but I did see a great deal of suffering."

A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922