A Noted Writer's Abode: The Home of Edward Bellamy at Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts
A NOTED WRITER'S ABODE. The Home of Edward Bellamy at Chic - opce Falls, Mass. Mr. Edward Bellamy, the originator and leader in the Nationalist movement, lives in a modest house in the little town of Chicopee Falls, Mass., near Springfield. The house was built by his father, the Rev. R. K. Bellamy, who for thirty - four years was the pastor of the Baptist church. He died about five years ago, and the home is now owned and occupied by his widow, who lives with her son, Mr. Edward Bellamy, whose immediate family consists of his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. Mrs. Edward Bellamy, who was Miss Emma Sanderson before her marriage, was a ward of the elder Mr. Bellamy. - She is about fifteen years the junior of her husband, who is 43 years of age. She is rather a plain looking little woman of medium height, with a fair complexion and brown eyes. She has a pleasant voice and agreeable manners. She is somewhat musical, and sings in the choir of the Baptist church, where her husband usually does not follow her. The Bellamy family traces its ancestry back to the famous Dr. Bellamy, of Litchfield, Conn. Mr. Edward Bel - lanry has two brothers, one a journalist connected with a Springfield" paper, who resides at Chicopee Falls, the other a lawyer, residing in New York. Mr. Edward Bellamy was at one time connected with The Springfield Union, and still writes occasionally for that paper. He now wears a full beard, and one acquainted with his face only through the photograph which has been so often reproduced of late m different peiiodi cals would scarcely recognize liim. His health at present is far from good, but MR. BELLAMY'S HOME AT CHICOPEE FALLS. he hopes soon to get to his seaside cot taere on the Massachusetts coast for a little rest and quiet. Mr. Bellamy is deluged with invita tions to address public meetings. These he usually declines for the reason that he does not care to be looked upon "as a hippodromer," as he calls it. "I feel that I can do better work for the cause by simple conversation with my fellow men, he says. He has re cently received many letters from En glish evolutionists asking him to come over and help establish Nationalism among the educated people as it has been done in Boston. Mr. Bellamy disclaims any rights of leadership m the National ist movement - as vested in himself. "There are" no leaders," he maintains, "The Nationalists certainly are not going to do what I say, or what any other man says. We are not by any means united on every point that may arise in politics, or .even in the policy of our movement. In our Boston clubs are Republicans, Democrats, Mugwumps and Prohibition ists. I suppose that most of the people are womon suffragists, but that does not necessarily follow. In New York city there are eight Na tionalist clubs and one in Brooklyn. Mr, Bellamy thinks it quite probable that the California Nationalists will nominate state and municipal officers this fall "if it seems probable that the movement may be successful' lie says. "I shall go out there and do what I can to help them in their campaign."