Ex-King Alfonso's Son.
MOTOR SMASH IN U.S.A.
MIAMI, Sept. 7.
The Count of Covadonga, who was the eldest son of ex-King Alfonso, of Spain, and who suffered a fracture of a leg in a motor accident here yester-
day, died in hospital six hours later.
A physician said that death was caused by heart failure and shock, and not by hemo- philia (abnormal tendency to bleeding), from which the Count had suffered from birth.
The Count and a companion, Mildred Gay- don, aged 25 had attended an all-night party at a casino The girl was driving the Count home at dawn when their car crashed into a telephone pole
Mildred Gaydon, who was slightly injured is employed as a cigarette girl in a cabaret. She said that she and the Count had been "good friends for eight months" The police released her after she had been questioned.
LONDON Sept 7
Ex-Queen Victoria of Spain left a tea party vhere she was the guest of honour at Caris- brooke Castle and walked silently to her room after her lady-in-walting in the presence of the ex-Queen's aged mother Princess Beatrice had whispered to her advice of her son's death which had been received bv telephone.
The Count of Covadonga, who was for- merly the Prince of Asturias was bom at Madild on May 10, 1907 He was an invalid all his life. During his fathers reign In Madrid he was almost unknown even to the diplomatic corps,
Klng Alfonso left Spain in 1931 after the country had been proclaimed a Republic and in 1933 the Prince of Asturias, renounced all rights of succession to the Throne for him- self or his descendants, and, against his parents' wishes, married at Lausanne Edel- mira Sampedro-Ocejo a beautiful Cuban. At the same time he took the title of Count of Covadonga
In May, 1937, ex-King Alfonso severed re- lations with the Count, blaming him for mak- ing public assertions that he still considered himself legitimate heir to the Spanish Crown and for planning to marr again.
Nevertheless in the following July the Count married at a civil ceremony in Havana (Cuba) Maria Rocafort, 23 who had once been an artist's model In New York. The marriage was not a success for two months later, the wife announced divoice proceedings and in October, although the Count was gravely ill
she declared thot she would seek the dlvoirce on the ground of incompatibility of tempera- ment. In December the Count was again reported to be ill.
Don Gonzalo another of ex-King Alfonso's sons, was a victim of hemophilia. He died from excessive bleeding after a motoi acci- dent in 1934. Don Jaime the second son, is free from the disease but is practically deaf and dumb He too resigned his rights to the Throne. The heir presumptive is Don Juan (he youngest son. He is 25 years of age, was formerly a midshipman in the Britlsh Navy and has excellent health.