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SPLENDID 'in the - majesty Cof S» bream, " : *.
which from - the" 1 dawn of j histocy;; hat .•
been molded into the shapes of mortal
men, preserving for the admiration of
posterity the features ; of i the ] great, ; the 3 ftgttm : -
of the gentle Padre Junipcro Serra. l -wCU:iOOO'
•tand in Golden Gate Park. Seeking xto^ra- '\u25a0-:\u25a0
ward; hoping for none save the joy that coqm
to the godly from- serving the"; Matter/ thlf"
can brought to the' savages of the" Wertem
wildness the revelations of Christianity, tndV
before: this soon to rise In Golden- Gate '
Park, thoughtful crowds -will - gather?, to": pty "
tribute to his memory and, in \ reflectioo, , ta ;
profit from the lesson of his life. •"-' - • "
That fitdn^ a tribute -io'<. the 'memory of tbi»
Spanish. missionary: monkj'whose.nameiis ••; B
closely interwoven \yitji the early history of \u25a0
California, has not before-been paid his- .oeea Vi
the occasion of . comment ;- that it is' to : be: paid
now is-due -,toJaxries ; D.- Phcla'n, and^in-com-*
pliance, with -his order, .the work of.'thesculptor i
- snd the molder has been completed,. so well/ it .
Is ;. said, - that the world ' of - art has been . en
riched by a masterpiece. '. "'
"Archbishop; Riordan on a certain occasion
tbout a year ago expressed his that . :
I there, was no'_monument to Father Juniperq":
Serra erected in San Francisco, and I then in-'A
formed him that I would be . honored -by.;, the m
privilege of. erecting such a monument,", said-
Mr. Phelan. "I told the Archbishop. that there :' ;
was a] California' sculptor who was capable of-.'
I honoring the founder of the missions and the ;
time had come to erect a monument wrought
by the hand of a Native Son; and just as St.* .
j rrancis had not been honored \u25a0 •by having- a- \u25a0
mission named after him until the. missionaries *
found a harbor -worthy ; of his name,- so : the .
monument to Father Junipero Serra •' should .
not be erected until a native', craftsman* had;\
• risen to the | dignity and importance of ' the I
I task. , , ."\u25a0 - . \u25a0 • ':-.... .-.
"Douglas Tilden was the man. :. I. gave .him a |
commission, and he, modeled a -figure -which .-.
-met the approval riot only /of the Archbishop,
bnt of -the critics, and- after the fire, there ;be- „,
ing no local • foundry capable of casting < the :
i statue, it' was sent to the "American^ Bronze '\u25a0
'. Company, in j Chicago, where Va^ successful cast- :
Sing was made, and the -monument has r : now
•been shipped. . . ' --\u25a0 j ;. . ; . : :_'."; ..' .'':/,
"The Archbishop, and myself *haverselected
a site, : with the consent of' the Park- Commis->r
sion, in: Golden Gate "Park, '.wherc^ it ; C will 'vbei:
'erected. v The .statue will ,be eight'; feet^ high, /
standing; on a\ pedestal, of about f the'/.saint:
height. 'Edgar: Matthews t-rhas 7 designed?, the;
pedestal. ' .
..-\u25a0:.:\u25a0 ''Father Junipero SerraJis'the' foremost; fig^V
tire in the_ history of California, and "it is.fitting
that the metropolis of the should' possess
this work of art. The old i Mission 'Church, fi
after the earthquake" and : fire," still" stands,*. ana;>
I believe that for several I weeks Father -Jnn
ipero Serra lived there. He considered :-thti
discovery of San Francisco ? Bay -'and. -tht-;
founding of the mission the most important
- life work of his devoted ; followers." ... ' ; . .\
Word comes from the " East -that .the" firm
that cast the statue: considers' its. work '!the':beft.-><
I it has yet accomplished, especially the face, •;
. which in the metal retains- the' soft 'lines '
' wrought with' perfection by, the sculptor.' ..The]
•tatue represents Father Serra standing with
one foot and . one hand extended,', as -though I
: preaching the gospel he brought ; to the : then^
. little known California coast. 'The - right-hand .
jj partly supports. a cross which leans againstlthe'".
t right shoulder of the figure • : . .g<