Salvatore Lo Bianco, known as Turillo, was the son of the doorman at Palazzo Torlonia, a noble building located in Mergellina, where Anton Dohrn lived. Every morning his father, uncertain about his son's future, begged the illustrious German scientist to take him to work with him. Turillo was a street urchin of vivacious intelligence. He wanted to work; he could read and write just enough-at 14 years of age in 1874-to cross the threshold of the white building, which at that time was lapped by the waters of the sea, not far away from the land requalified for the future Via Caracciolo.