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New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, August 14, 1904, Image 45

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fhoumnds Employed in Making
Them— Artists Who Do the Work.
"I can crack out eight portraits of any of the
candidates' in one day," remarked the artist in
Tie variegated overalls, as he Added a touch of
lolor to Mr. Roosevelt's mustache. "Any, old
kind of copy will do. A picture clipped from a
magazine often serves if a photograph Is not
easily procurable. One does not have to bother
•with the lines of the face in making a picture
for a campaign banner. Be long as It looks th*
part from the sidewalk Iks picture passes mutt
ir '
TUr artist went on to explain that the present
Presidential and Vies Pr— candidates
.•• especially easy to paint. Ail hay« faces with
rtrongly marked characteristics that make It
/Tni'iKt ini|^>ssililr for a campaign banner artist
<• wander from a resemblance. l*rc.sident Koose
r.-lt. with eyeglasses, round face and a low
collar, hair part.-d f.li^lttl..- at the vide and sat,
determined .'.ok. is not a difficult problem. Fair
banks has a high forehead and a beard that Is
peculiar; put a Fairbanks beard on almost any
face, say the artists «>f the s;trett 1/anners, and
the face will look like Fairbanks'*. Parker has
& big mustache :i!--l a judicial face, with no ex
traordinary linos to bother Ihe Inter who
counts on turning out eight portraits of the
Democratic candidate •• day; and Davis, with
I. is pointed white beard, is n blessing to the
crtlet of the campaign variety.
The man who paints thi portraits for the
riifit banners 1- at the top notch of his pro
li-ssioii. He will condescend, when «.r.i .•: to, to
devote his talents to the portrayal of a wide
winged casle clawing a star spangled shield, or
he v<;;i fill In his time lettering "X Piuribus
Unum" on half finished banners, but he regards
nii]\ nrork ss the proper sphere of less talented
artist. 1 ?. Th" portrait man considers that his
tin should, be pent on the pictures of the can
didates. The rest he tails "tilling in."
It requires the energies of twelve m. to make
on< of the big campaign banners* that are now
being: fiu»g to the breeze; Two men prepare the
El;.; on which the Uttering is done. Two more
atti'»j<i to the lettering of these strip*, painting
the names] of the clubs or associations, ordering
the banners, the caption* for the portraits and
11.' offices for which the noiiiiti.t-.s are to con
tend. 'i ■•..<) men work on the centrepieces, the
vuirht and the shield and the 'X T'luiilnis Unum,"
without which no political party with a hope of
securing votes would lllng its banner to the
breeze. One nan works on the special portraits,
and I!.'1 !.' rest assemble the various parts, sew the
strips together with sewing machine* or get
down on the Iloor and hand sew them to the
Home Of the men employed in the making of
the campaign banner are artists who have come
into the field by the straight gate, but the 111:1
jority have climbed over the wail. The former
clan Is made up of graduates from the art
schools, who rind in the great demand for their
cervices in the campaign rush a more remunera
tive fit-Id than in painting pictures that no one
will buy. It in this class that attends to the
painting of the portraits of candidates. By
working on the same faces day after day, these
men become so skilful and so quick that they
can paint a Roosevelt or a Parker in the dark
with their eyes shut, and paint It as true to life
as the standard of the campaign banner indus
try requires.
Whatever Uie difference of opinion between th.
rival parties, both are SIT aid on the value of
the campaign banner as a means of arousing
enthusiasm among the voters. Great is the >x
citement when the banner Is hoisted to its platv
in the centre of the street, while the band plays
and the faithful cheer. "Hang your banner*
on the outer wall, that all may ace." was the
advice of th- late Senator itanna. And. judg
ing by the appearance of the streets, even at
this early period of the campaign, both parties
arc strenuously endeavoring to follow oat this
President Elmer H. Capen of Tufts College
was talking to a little group of undergraduates
about the wisdom of economy.
"But while economy is wise," he said, "to be
mean or niggardly la the height of tenrsilness.
Place of &»••» Vfctoria and the l*rl..ee Consort. waj , by Queen Vi.-iorta soon after the aeathtf PTtoee AJbTri wnoS. 1 hodv -£i
that of the l'riace having to placed In position ahortlv after hi" £ceal« ro.Tm havSiK b£n ™j ?i/E.tJV* d t? Sn f a >.*. t th « suae «*"■'•
Queen Victoria. In this Hate th« royal tomb remaJn.d during the lohk wiluwh",Hi of h" nuii^l ir« n ii P< J B the slab for Ui« statue of
Albert till the death of Que«n Victoria. Then for the rtrst time, probably for • aW forty jtSn^S'c^SS, ,^k bela * \ h ? blJyb I Jy °£ P " *
In order to iuliil h.-r last wish, no touchingly expressed in th.- iJktirii^crlotlon over th,. fw.rf'.i )3> ,h o%trm * * Ub wa ? removed for her obsequies,
rlae again with h,r royal consort. The statue of Queen Victoria ?v reaSner as much yoC than shH^ 2?X* h * ™ i « ht r<Bt witil
sculpture, of courae. like that of Prince Albert, having U-en modellwl whVn both w«r» to th« oriiS. !lf nr^-n? 1 V ! pres * nt sensation. th«
robes, wearing a JlTlHll crown and holding a sceptre 11? her clasped ; handa. P f "* Th tat * W"* 80 «■ d*Pict*a in regal
The nigKiirdly nian in n»-arl> alwa\s n\ «-r reached.
It is like"
Here l>r. Capon smiled.
"It is like," he resumed, "the story of the
miser and the mouthful of water.
"This miser had a cask of wine in his cellar,
and every I tiling he would nil down his man
to fetch him up a pitcher. To keep the man
from drinking any of the wine he would make
him Ml his mouth with water before he left the
100:11. Then on his return the man would have
to prove that the water still remained in his
mouth, and thus the miser would be convinced
that MM of the wine bad been stolen.
"This scheme seems Ingenious, and yet the
servant with the greatest case overreached bis
master. lie kept a pitcher of water bidden in
the cellar, and. emptying his mouth on his de
scent, he would drink a.ll the v/ino he desired,
and on his return upstairs would still have a full
mouth to show the unsuspecting master."
Raising the Massive Monoliths of a
There are many interesting features connected
with th« work of standing on their ends the
ninety ton and forty ton mcnoliths of the Cathe
dral of St. John the Divine, on Morningside
Not the least interesting of these Ls the fact
that a woman takes an active and important
part in the difficult task. Just as Sabina yon
Stclnba. h. daughter of the architect of the fa
mous Cathedral of Strasburg. immortalized her
name by her work upon that splendid edifice, so
perhaps will the name of Mrs. Carrie A. How
land live long In the *""»»■ of church building
because of her work la constructing what Is
planned to be the grandest structure of Its kind
in th«» Western Hemisphere.
Mrs. Howland is a native of the Green Moun
tain State, famous for its quarries of building
and monumental stone. She is the wife and
partner of the contractor for the erection of the
choir column*, now going- on. and for over a
year her mind and tim« have been given to the
great work. She Is the contractor's assistant in
all stages of the progress of the enterprise.
Mrs. How laud Is quietly energetic, very me
thodical, and quick to discern danger to the men
employed, or to remedy any hitch in the work.
Many new methods have been devised, by her.
and in an emergency she selects the tools and
implements required with a promptness that be
longs only to the initiated, experienced and also
inventive mechanic. She usually wears while
at work a black straw hat. light colored shirt
waist, a black woollen skirt, and on cool days a
black woollen jacket. She carries a parasol or
umbrella on hot days. Her complexion is fal*.
she ha.s blue eyes and dark brown hair, she Is
of medium height, but of slight build, and Is
womanly and naturally graceful in speech and
mam:, r.
Mrs. Howlund brings to thi? task the expert
ence of years gained in less important under
takings, such as the SBwCftSBB of monuments of
all sizes, and cables, ropes, pulleys. lev»rst scaf
folds, hammt-rs and drills are as familiar to
her as teaspoons or scissors are to other women.
Mrs. Howland feels that her ohout-n vocation is
a dignified one. and that especially the building
Si a cathedral for the worship of God is an in
spiring and ennobling task.
Another feature about this work which strikes
the average onlooker as peculiar is the fact that
two lons, slim poles of pine suffice to sustain
the enormous weight of these colossal pillars.
Some of these pillars weigh close to two hundred
thousand pounds, and when they were being
hauled from the river front to the cathedral sit»
their weight caused the wheels that supported
them to make gutters in the paved streets that
a pig could wallow in. The wagon they were
carried on had to be specially constructed. Its
wheels and axles were massive in their size.
Yet one of these imposing columns is dangled as
lightly in the air between two pine poles as a
one pound perch from a schoolboy's fishing; rod.
It is amazing.
These two poles are of Oregon pine, each
ninety-six feet long, only two feet in diameter
at th« largest end and not more than twenty
inches at the top. Two crosspieceo of oak sold
them apart, and: at the sum time hold them to
gether. These erosspieces measure to thsakaess
1- by 20 inches. From these crossplecee hang
links and pulleys of Norway Iron, and through
these pulleys run thirty strands of slim wire
cable. These strands, that look as thin as flab

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