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The Next-to-Nothing-House

BY ALICE VAN LEER CARRICK Boston, Atlantic Monthly Company


ONG before you finish "The NextTo-Nothing House," you will feel the urge to become at once a Collector. You may have been perfectly content with your twentieth century furniture. reveling in its softness and springy luxury, but before you have read many pages, you will feel a vague discontent stealing over you, you will fitfully start to eliminate, alter, and add to your furnishings; and your longing for spring will become more intense, that you may start out on the road of the Collector, leading through the tiny hamlet, the secluded farm, and the dusty junk shop to an early eighteenth century house. This feeling will probably pass with the realization that we can't all have cosy white cottages in which men like Daniel Webster roomed while in college and which we may furnish so that he himself might step into it and feel no strangeness on his return into a modern world. But whatever the feeling of our house may be, we can be sure that it pervades throughout, that everything harmonizes and combines to produce one effect, and in her book the author gives many valuable hints as to what must be considered to achieve success. Location, size, color, and arrangement of the room, and a sense of what furniture may or may not be used together, all are necessary details, and as you follow the mistress of the Next-To-Nothing-House on a tour of inspection, you see by her vivid. descriptions and alluring photographs how altogether charming will be the result. You will undoubtedly choose your favorite room, as I did, selecting much to my surprise, the kitchen. It seems to me the greatest of all achievements in furnishing to make a kitchen.

attractive, but how could anyone help but adore this "unsterilized" colorful room which, in spite of antique pottery and stenciled chairs, is convenient and modern in culinary equipment. The most menial tasks must lose a distatefulness when performed in a kitchen. with the air of "spiced cookies" or a pan of "gingerbread."

This eighteenth century house is entirely livable, and it is one of the fascinations of the book to see how cleverly the modern additions may be installed to blend with the dignified simplicity of past generations and not detract from the "fourposter" atmosphere.

To all lovers of antiques I recommend this book, to all interested in making their homes the most delightful of places I strongly advise it, and to those not included in either class, if there be any such, I urge its perusal because of the pleasure received from acquaintance with the personality of the author. Whether or not she can overwhelm your protests that eighteenth century furniture is not comfortable by awakening the artistic in you to a point which will disregard downy divans and by explaining how comfort and art may be combined, you will enjoy her friendly manner, her amusing recital of her problems, her cordiality, lightheartedness, and charm, the charm with which are offered her bits of philosophy and her wish that her friends may have "everything they desire-almost," leaving always something for anticipation.

It is wonderful to know all we read is true, that these are real people living in a real house whose old green door will open to us at the lift of the brass knocker and reveal its lovely interior on our next visit to Hanover.




James William Henderson, Rochester, February 18, 1840, died in Dover, March 15, 1923.



He was the son of William M. and Maria (Diman) Henderson, and was educated in the schools of Rochester and Dover, to which latter city his parents removed during his early life, his last attendance being at Franklin Academy in Dover. He taught school in Rochester and Farmington in youth, and learned the printer's trade in the office of the Dover Enquirer; was engaged for some time in the Massachusetts State Printing Office and on the Boston Journal, and was subsequently employed at times in Dover printing offices.

He took an active part in political affairs in Dover, for many years, as a Democrat, and was prominent as a party leader in Strafford County, serving as a member of the State Committee. In the State Convention of 1875, he had the honor of presenting the name of Capt. Daniel Marcy of Portsmouth as the candidate for Governor, which he did in a forceful and convincing speech.

In 1877, Mr. Henderson went to St. Augustine, Florida, where he became extensively engaged in real estate operations, and also continued the study of law, which he had commenced in Dover. He was admitted to the Florida bar, and subsequently to the bar of the U. S. District and Supreme Courts. He served for some time as State's Attorney for St. Johns County, under appointment of Judge J. M. Baker.

He married, May 18, 1878, Ellen Compton, daughter of Jacob Compton of Chicago, by whom he had two sons, the first

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James W. Henderson was indeed one of Nature's noblemen, an honest man, a faithful friend, a true American citizen, a loyal and lifelong adherent of the principles of Thomas Jefferson, the father of American Democracy.

H. H. M.


On March 9th, Harold B. Felker, headmaster of the Meredith High School, died in Meredith as a result of an illness of pleursy and pneumonia. Though not yet twenty-five years of age at his death, he had already become one of the leading citizens in his town, and was one of the most popular and successful headmasters the Meredith School has ever had.

He was born in Meredith, August 20, 1898. He attended the Channing and Meredith Center schools, later becoming a student at the N. H. State College, from which he graduated in 1920. While at college he was one of the most active and popular members of the student body, being president of his fraternity, captain of the track team, and member of the popular society, the Senior Skulls. After serving in the scuthern camp during the war, he became headmaster of the Hancock High School in 1920. In June, 1921, he was elected headmaster of the Meredith High School, and in August was married to Miss Corinne Emerson, a graduate of the Keene Normal School.

He is survived by his father, Commissioner Andrew D. Felker, his widow and a young child.


Ex-Mayor John S. Broughton died in Portsmouth February 9th, at the age of ninety-two years. He was one of Ports

mouth's oldest retired business men, having begun at the age of fifteen years as a clerk in a lumber company where he remained doing the bookkeeping for over sixty years. He was a member of the

common council, the Board of Aldermen, in 1879 was a member of the Legislature, in 1880 a member of the Senate. It was while at the Senate that he cast the deciding vote for Senator Gallinger. In 1876 he was elected Mayor of Portsmouth.



Dr. Edmund H. Albee, dean of the dental profession in Concord, died suddenly from heart failure at his home on Liberty Street, on the morning of March 12, 1923.

He was the son of Willard S. and Harriett (Marsh) Albee, born in Charlestown, N. H., Nov. 15, 1863, and a descendant in several lines of Revolutionary and Colonial War ancestry, including Major Willard, commander of the Massachusetts forces in the early Wars, and Daniel Marsh who served under Washington at Valley Forge.

Dr. Albee passed his youth on his father's farm, and attending the public schools, and early commenced the study of dentistry, pursuing the same in the office of his uncle, Dr. William Albee, at Bellows Falls, Vt., and at the Philadelphia Dental College, from which he graduated D.D.S. in 1891, immediately commencing the practice of his profession in Concord, in which he continued with great success up to the time of his last illness in January of the present year. He was devotedly attached to the work of his profession, in which he gained wide reputation as a skilful practitioner, and gave little time to the distractions of social and fraternal life. He was a member of the Concord District Associaton of Dentists, of which he was treasurer at the time of his decease. He was also an active member of the N. H. Dental Society, of which he was president in 1914; of the Northeastern Dental Association and of the National Dental Society. Outside his profession, the only organizations to which he belonged were the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the N. H. Society of Colonial Wars. He was a consulting surgeon of the Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital and an attendant at the South Congregational Church.

Of a modest and retiring disposition, he I was little known outside the wide circle of those who had been his patients in the long period of his practice, which exceeded that of any Concord dentist now living. and by large numbers of whom he was held in high personal regard as a man and a friend; while he was generally esteemed as a public spirited citizen.

Dr. Albee was united in marriage, December 9, 1891, with Miss Lois Hurd of Newport, by whom he is survived; also by a daughter, Harriett Isabella, born February 18, 1903, now a student at Simmons


College. He also leaves a sister, Harriett Hosmer Albee, pastor of the Congregational Church at West Stewartstown, who, by the way, was named for the noted female sculptor, a cousin of Dr. Albee's mother. On the occasion of the last rites in memory of the deceased, all the dental offices in the city were closed and the members of the profession attended in a body, the bearers being selected from their number. -H. H. M.


Mrs. Sarah Hunt Clough, wife of Alderman Albert C. Clough, died on March 16th, at her home in Manchester, as a result of illness from pneumonia. Mrs. Clough was active in a number of women's organizations throughout the city, graduating from Smith College in 1895. She taught at the Manchester High School until her marriage. Three daughters survive her, Elizabeth, Mary, and Constance.


Mrs. Lizzie A. Danforth, wife of representative William P. Danforth, died in Concord on March 2nd. Besides her husband, she is survived by her sister, Mrs. Kate Smith of Concord.


Clifford W. Bass, former well-known business man, died in Portsmouth on February 18th. He was one of the best known golfers in this state having won four times the state championship. He is survived by his widow, and two sisters, Mrs. Wilder News of Rochester, and Miss Lena Bass of Portland.

of the Town of Sullivan, New Hampshire

The exhaustive work entitled, "History of the Town of Sullivan, New Hampshire," two volumes of over eight hundred pages each, from the settlement of the town in 1777 to 1917, by the Rev. Josiah Lafayette Seward, D. D.; and nearly completed at the time of his death, has been published by his estate and is now on sale, price $16.00 for two volumes, post paid.

The work has been in preparation for more than thirty years. It gives comprehensive genealogies and family histories of all who have lived in Sullivan and descendents since the settlement of the town; vital statistics, educational, cemetery, church and town records, transfers of real estate and a map delineating ranges and old roads, with residents carefully numbered, taken from actual surveys made for this work, its accuracy being unusual in a history.

At the time of the author's death in 1917, there were 1388 pages already in print and much of the manuscript for its completion already carefully prepared. The finishing and indexing has been done by Mrs. Frank B. Kingsbury, a lady of much experience in genealogical work; the printing by the Sentinel Publishing Company of Keene, the binding by Robert Burlen & Son, Boston, Mass., and the work copyrighted (Sept. 22, 1921) by the estate of Dr. Seward by J. Fred Whitcomb, executor of his will.

The History is bound in dark green, full record buckram, No. 42, stamped title, in gold, on shelf back and cover with blind line on front cover. The size of the volumes are 6 by 9 inches, 2 inches thick, and they contain 6 illustrations and 40 plates.

Volume I is historical and devoted to family histories, telling in an enentertaining manner from whence each settler came to Sullivan and their abodes and other facts concerning them and valuable records in minute detail.

Volume II is entirely devoted to family histories, carefully prepared and containing a vast amount of useful information for the historian, genealogist and Sullivan's sons and daughters and their descendents, now living in all parts of the country, the genealogies, in many instances, tracing the family back to the emigrant ancestor.

The index to the second volume alone comprises 110 pages of three columns each, containing over twenty thousand names. Reviewed by the New York Genealogical and Bicgraphical Record and the Boston Transcript.

Sales to State Libraries, Genealogical Societies and individuals have brought to Mr. Whitcomb, the executor, unsolicited letters of appreciation of this great work. Send orders to

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