Woman of the Century/Arabella Angelini

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2239199Woman of the Century — Arabella Angelini

ARABELLA ANGELINI. ANGELINI, Mme. Arabella, evangelical worker, born in Elton, Md , 8th July, 1863. Her maiden name was Chapman. On her mother's side she is descended from a Huguenot family, the De Vinneys, who settled in Maryland over a century ago. Her father died when she was only four years old and Arabella was taken to Europe at the age of eight years, by Miss Mary Gilpin, of Philadelphia, for the ostensible purpose of learning music and languages. On reaching Germany, Miss Gilpin developed a strange mania for abusing her little charge. They spent several months in Germany and Switzerland and passed on to Italy, stopping first at Verona. In that city the police were instructed to watch Miss Gilpin closely, as her erratic behavior attracted attention. In Florence her cruelty to her charge caused the police to interfere. They took charge of Arabella, who was less than nine years old, and Miss Gilpin left her to her fate among strangers, whose language she did not understand. She found shelter in the Protestant College in Florence and was there cared for until her health was restored. She remained in the institution nine years and at the end of that time was married to the Rev. Luigi Angelini, a minister of the Evangelical Church of Italy. After their marriage they settled in a small village in northern Italy, Bassignana. In 1SS4 the board of the Evangelical Church of Italy nominated Dr. Angelini as its representative in the United States, and thus, after a long absence, Mme. Angelini returned to her native land only to find herself quite as much a foreigner as though born in Italy When brought face to face with her mother, she could not speak her native language. Long disuse had not effaced the English language from her memory, however, and the words soon came back to her. Mme Angelini is aiding her husband to arouse an interest in the churches of America, and in organizing undenominational societies for the support of the native Evangelical Church of Italy. She looks forward to a career of usefulness in Italy, aiding the women of her adopted country in their struggle for elevation.