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Dyer D. Lum. (N. And Q., February, 1906.) In answer to E. D. Stone, p. 38, we give a brief sketch of Mr. Dyer David Lum as condensed from a statement received from his friend and patron, Dr. James J. Mills, Port Jervis, N. Y. Mr. Lum, in the early seventies went to Utah. He was a close student of sociology, economics, and government. While there he was studying the habits, customs, manners, and religious aspects of the people, and later wrote three works, "Social Problems of Today," 1886; "The Mormon Problem," 1882; "Economics of Anarchy," 1890, which are now out of print. In about 1877, he was National Secretary of the Greenback party. In 1884. he opened a bookbindery in Port Jervis, N. Y., under the patronage of Dr. James J. Mills. Previous to this, however, he had been employed in New York city, as a bookkeeper, and afterwards in Chicago; he was editor for a while of a paper, "The National Press." After disposing of his bookbindery business, he again went to New York in business for several years and finally died at a hotel there.

Mr. Lum served in the Civil war. A wife and two children survived him, who lived in Massachusetts, but we have not their address, nor the date of his death.

Mr. Lum was the author of two other books which were also published:

"The Early Social Life of Man; with an Extract from an unpublished work on Man in Geology; or Antiquity, Art, and Social Life of Prehistoric Man. Two editions. Boston, 1872.

The "Spiritual" Delusion; Its methods, teachings, and effects. The Philosophy and Phenomena Critically Examined. Cloth; 12mo; pp. 252. Philadelphia, 1873

The editor of this magazine knew Mr. Lum in 1863-64, when he was employed in the bookbindery of the late William H. Fisk. The foreman of the establishment was George C. Hoitt, a disciple of Herbert Spencer. The bookbindery looked more like a school of philosophy, for there was about the apartments the works of Darwin, Spencer, Huxley, Comte, and other well-known authors'. No doubt in that " school "of students Mr. Lum acquired his primal ideas of life that shaped more or less his future course. At any rate we confess that it was in that "school " that the editor of this journal acquired his tastes for the philosophies that were to shape the then future thought; and from then down to date the works of Plato, Plotinus, Spencer, Comte, Darwin, Tyndall, Hegel, Andrews, aud many others are a part of the furnishings of our apartments. We will add here that George C. Hoitt in the seventies took up the study of medicine, and left the bindery trade, received his degree and practiced medicine in this city; he was'a skillful physician and an honor to the profession, and consulting physician of the editor.

Since printing the foregoing brief sketch of Dyer David Lum we have received some further data from from R. Ed. Schofield, of Port Jervis, N. Y., through our subscriber, Charles G. Dill, of Watertown, N. Y., both councelors at law.

Mr. Lum was said to have been born at Northampton, Mass., and that he was a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin's sister; she was his great grandmother. He died at the Summit Hotel, in the Bowery, New York, April 7, 1893, and was said to have been fifty-one years of age. A notice of his death was published in the New York papers of Sunday, April 9, 1893, and obituaries in the Gazette, and probably Union, Port Jervis, N. Y., April 10, 1893. He was considered a very bright man, and a ready writer. He was a correspondent of several journals.


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