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HOUSE, Edward Howard, author, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 5 September, 1836. His father, Timothy House, born in 1814. was an engraver of distinction, engaged in bank-note engraving from 1834 till his death in 1864. The son educated himself, and from 1850 till 1853 studied music, and during this period his light orchestral compositions were performed in Boston. He was also an engraver on steel in the New England and American banknote companies. He was part proprietor, associate editor, and musical and dramatic critic of the Boston "Courier" from 1854 till 1858; special correspondent, associate editor, and dramatic and musical critic of the New York "Tribune" from 1859 till 1873; on the editorial staff of the New York "Times" in 1870; and from 1874 till 1876 was correspondent from Japan and Formosa of the New York "Herald." From 1871 till 1873 he was pro-lessor of the English language and literature in the University of Tokio, Japan. He has travelled through North and South America, in Europe, Africa, eastern Asia, Japan, China, and unexplored parts of Formosa. He has labored with energy for fifteen years to defend Japan from foreign powers, and especially devoted himself to securing the return of the " Simonoseki Indemnity" from the United States government, which was effected in 1882. His publications are "The Simonoseki Affair" (Tokio, 1874); "The Kagosima Affair" (1874); "The Japanese Expedition to Formosa "(1875); "Japanese Episodes" (Boston, 1882); and "The Tokio Times," a weekly periodical, his exclusive work (Tokio, 1877-'80).
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