Dead Socialist Watch, #233

Pierre Henri Joseph Baume, an odd chap, born 1797, died 28 October 1875. The ODNB notes that, “During the course of the Owenite socialist agitation his distinctive appearance, considerable knowledge, ready speech, and ability to devise striking placards and proclamations made him a notable character. Many regarded him as dangerously mad, however.

Oh, and a little later in the same article, “Abstemious in the extreme, he lived at one time chiefly upon dried peas, which he carried in his pocket, and at another time upon a mixture of garden snails and cabbage.”

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