NEWS - Clarence at the 1907 Esperanto meeting in Cambridge

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

My cousin Valerie Lester, who joined us in the last two months in Bordighera, Tende, Nice, Castellaras, London Walworth and Stoke-upon-Tern Shropshire, is also getting in to the research groove in her home near Boston. Her email of yesterday is greatly enlightening;

"Hi Marcus, I just got hold of a book called The Life of Zamenhof, which is about the creator of Esperanto. 1907-lingva-komitatoThere are only two photos in it, but one of them seems to contain our man. Can you find him? The book is quite interesting, and I’ll bring it to England in Jan. so that you can read it. It’s short. Love, Valerie"

Yes, indeed. And here's that photo. Clarence is in the second row from the back, fourth from the right, wearing a pale waistcoat. He has had a haircut and his beard has been trimmed. Very smart. Zamenhof is sitting in the first row of chairs, sixth from the left. The event was the Lingva Komitato (the Language Committee of the Esperanto movement) held in Cambridge, England, in 1907.

This image is the only evidence of any visit by Clarence back to the UK since he had settled in Bordighera about 30 years earlier. Well done Valerie and thank you.