White Spark:

White Spark: "A New Philosophy and the Mysteries of the Universe"

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ISBN-13: 9781502533098
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2014
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

About Orville Livingston Leach (1859-1921), inventor, successful patent medicine purveyor, Rhode Island pleasure park owner, and a truly cosmic loon who believed the earth was hollow and the Millennium was near. In his dotage he had a cranky book to prepare, and he sounds like a prime candidate to have been a Lovecraft revision client c.1919-1921.

He was the youngest son of Elihu Leach and Sarah Lovisa Leach, and was born at Raynham, Mass. In 1886 he married Theresa Walsh but had no children. In the 1896 Providence Directory he was a seller of patent medicines via a remedy company. He was living at Prairie Avenue, Providence - about a mile south of College Hill. He seems to have moved around a lot around the turn of the century, but he is in one genealogy book with a note that he kept... "the Emory House in Providence".

This house either took or gave the name to the Order of Emorians, which he founded. This order was originally the Evergreens, a "Life & Longevity League", and was probably founded in the early or mid 1890s to promote his patent remedies and health regimens? He later became the... "Secretary of the Order of Emorians, Providence Lodge". There was also an English branch of the Emorians, possibly a franchise for his patent medicines.
He was also President of the Emorian Marching Band aka Bartlett's Emorian Concert Band. This band presumably paraded in Emery Park, of which he was the owner from c.1896-1921. Emery Park was a popular recreation ground some four miles SW of Providence, near the New London Turnpike. This Park is mentioned many times as the location for field days and annual outings of local trades federations, employee groups, and the like, in the early decades of the 20th century. Presumably it was landscaped and equipped as a sort of picnic gardens with a parade field, and perhaps with 'medicinal' springs and baths etc, serving as a free introduction to his patent cures?

He was also an inventor, patenting a new type of tyre, an "electrocardiographic electrode device", and a "medicinal electrode" in 1901...

"This invention relates to improvements in electrodes for applying electric treatment to increase the vitality in animal bodies to cure diseases, and by supplying force which is adapted for the use of organized bodies to give strength and eradicate microbes and germs by subjecting them to the force which while beneficial to the higher types of organisms will overpower and destroy the disease germs."

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