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David Mede Salter
  
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1862 to 1879
Overall record: +0 -4 =0 (0.0%)*
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DAVID MEDE SALTER
(born 1833, died Oct-21-1915, 82 years old) United Kingdom

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Reverend Salter was found dead in October 1915.

London Standard, October 29, 1915

Last updated: 2020-12-16 13:58:26

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Cole vs D M Salter 1-0251862B.C.A. Handicap tC45 Scotch Game
2. D M Salter vs A Cole  0-1401862B.C.A. Handicap tC02 French, Advance
3. Paulsen vs D M Salter  1-0411862Blindfold simul, 10bC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
4. H Lee vs D M Salter  1-0211879Casual gameC23 Bishop's Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-16-20
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  MissScarlett: Western Times, October 28th 1915, p.2:

<The death is reported of a well-known character, David Mede Salter, aged about 80, who resided alone at Wood's Cottage, a kind of bungalow near Clyst St. Lawrence. He was found lying dead on the floor of his bedroom Tuesday night, after he had been missing for a number of days. On Tuesday Mr. Withers, a farmer residing in the district, went to the house, and being unable to get a reply, informed P.C. Skelley, of Whimple. They went to the premises together and forced three doors, the last the bedroom door. Mr. Salter was lying the floor beside his bed, as if a fatal seizure had overtaken him just as he was about to get into bed. Every morning he received a daily paper by post, and the date of the last which he had opened, suggests that he died on the night of October 21st. The Coroner for the district has been informed of the circumstances, and an inquest will be held at Hitts Farm in the vicinity, probably to-day.

Deceased had resided at Wood's Cottage for about fourteen years, and was regarded as a sort of hermit. He was reputed to have had a 'Varsity education, and was well-read. His reclusive habits, however, gave rise to many rumours concerning him. It was said, for instance, that he had firearms and other weapons at his house, and carried firearms when he walked into the adjoining villages. He affected always very old and ragged clothes. Money has been found in his rooms, but no firearms of any kind. Beside his bed was a hammer, which he apparently took with him to bed for protection.>

Dec-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: The Globe, October 29th 1915, p.6:

<The Rev. David Mede Salter, whose death is announced, had for fourteen years led a solitary life in a bungalow which he had built in a field at Broadclyst, Devon. Mr. Salter, who was the uncle of the chaplain to the British Embassy at Lisbon, gave up his living forty years ago, since when he had led the life of a recluse. At Broadclyst he rarely went out of sight of his bungalow, and tradesmen had to leave their wares at an adjacent hut, but he kept in touch with the world by having a daily paper sent him by post.>

Salter's entry in <Alumni Cantabrigienses> fills in some more details: https://archive.org/details/p2alumn...

The possibility that he was born in 1832 can't be excluded. Perhaps <Tab> could weigh in on that.

The year of death (1914) is wrong, as we've seen. This error made its way into Gaige's <Chess Personalia> (McFarland, 1987), and from there, into Harding's recent book on Steinitz.

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