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Olcott's house to be preserved

by Nadira Gunatilleke

The Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Ministry will preserve the house where Colonel Henry Steele Olcott lived, at Rs.1 million on the direction of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Minister Vijitha Herath, a Ministry spokesman said.

The house is located at No.54, Maliban Street, Colombo. Colonel Olcott used the house during his stay in Sri Lanka. The 98th Death Anniversary of Colonel Olcott was marked recently at a ceremony organised by Parama Vinnartha Society, Colombo.

Addressing the ceremony Minister Herath said being an American, the service rendered by Colonel Henry Steele Olcott is commendable.

It is regrettable that we were unable to produce our own hero similar to Colonel Olcott. We need to follow Colonel Olcott's philosophy, `no philosophy beyond the truth', in order to achieve country's real independence, the minister added.

Colonel Henry Steele Olcott was born on August 02, 1832 in Orange, New Jersey, United States and died on February 17 in 1907 in Adyar, Madras, India. He was an American author, attorney, philosopher and co-founder of the `Theosophical Society', a religious sect incorporating aspects of Buddhism, Brahmanism and Christian esotericism.

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