Wednesday February 13th 1889: Rehearsing all day in the basement of the courthouse Mr. Connell’s preparations for his lecture reach an icy peak in the late afternoon, first blowing open the glass door, then igniting a fire blocks away.

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Tuesday May 7th 1889: The unceasing rain may be a coincidence, but Mr. Connell’s unconscious eventide mumblings continue to tend toward the soggy side.

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