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COOK, Mare, author, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1 March, 1854; died in Utica, New York, 4 October, 1882. He was a son of the Rev. Theodore Dwight Cook, a Universalist clergyman. His early education was received in the public schools of Utica; but before he had learned to write he showed his precocity by dictating verses and stories to the older boys. A few years later he established a semi-monthly paper, entitled "The Boy's Companion," which was followed by "The Enterprise," a monthly of more pretentious character, the joint production of himself and E. M. Rewey. He entered Hamilton College at the age of sixteen, but did not complete his course. While there he wrote "To a Pretty Schoolma'am," and other poems, which were widely copied. In 1874 he left College and devoted himself to journalism. In 1879 he made the experiment of a prolonged sojourn in the Adirondacks for the cure of consumption, and as a result of seventeen months' experience published "Camp Lou" in "Harper's Magazine" for May, 1881, which attracted wide attention and was expanded into "The Wilderness Cure" (New York, 1881). Many of his vers de societe had appeared under the pen-name of Vandike Brown, and his widow collected a sufficient number to fill a volume, and published it under that title (Boston, 1883).--His brother, Theodore Pease, journalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 21 December, 1844, entered the army at the age of eighteen and served through the civil war, being finally on the staff of General John C. Robinson. He was graduated at Columbia law-school in 1867, but devoted himself to journalism in Utica. During the presidential canvass of 1876 he wrote the "Lives of Tilden and Hendricks" (New York, 1876). The best known of his poems are "Blue-Beard" and "An Ode for Decoration-Day" (1872).
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