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PRESIDENTS' PORTRAITS.
Where They Are Hung in the
White House.
rrnOM THE TItinUNE BL'READ.I
Washington, Oct. 29.— Senator Bailey and
other Democratic orators of similar calibre
have recently taken advantage of the fact
that many people cannot come to Washing
ten and see the White House for themselves
to circulate in the more remote parts of
th<> country statements which are utterly with
out foundation. For instance, Mr. Bailey de
clares that President Roosevelt has removed all
: ... portraits of his predecessors to the base
lnent of the White House, has filled the main
!',< ■ r parlors and corridors with skins, firearms
;.: 1 armor and trophies of the chase, and has
< tin rwise destroyed the entire historical charac
ter and appearance of the White House. That
such is, not the case must be evident from the
fact that twenty portraits of former Presidents
hang on the walls of the Red Room, the Green
Room, the main and upper corridors, etc Not &
tlLin is to be seen on the floors of the White
House, nor is there a piece of armor in evidence.
The only firearms In the White House are two
rifles belonging to the President, which are in his
private study. The only trophies of the chase
are the fine heads which hang on the panelled
walls of the state dining room, and which are
beautiful specimens of the fauna of this coun
t ry.
"Why, this looks like folks are living herep'
remarked a visitor to Washington the other day
<n seeing the Red and Green rooms of the
V.'h:te House. No studied effort could mora
: ■ urately describe the homelike atmosphere of
tho White House since Mrs. Roosevelt became
it^; mistiess than the homely expression of the
i hance visitor.
The Red and Green rooms look as though they
were occupied, as though they were part of a
1: >:re and not merely state chambers for formal
mentions and entertainments. The Red Room
is ihe most inviting of the White House par
lors. An attractive arrangement of the furni
tun- gives somewhat the effect of an inglenook
before the handsome fireplace. The red walls
and furnishings are bright and warm, and the
occasional table or tabourette gives the effect
of a room that Is not only occupied, but, when
i.c in pied, is homelike. A book here and there,
a few knick knacks, even, tell the tale of its last
oc ( upant and suggest something of the per
sonality of the White House family. On the
walls of this room hang the portraits of George
and Martha Washington, old fashioned and
suggesting the possibility of their being an
ctstors of the present occupants. In this room,
too, are the portraits of Presidents Madison.
Monroe and John Adams, of Thomas Jefferson.
U. S. Grant and old "Zach" Taylor.
Slightly less homelike In its appearance, al
though still suggesting the idea of occupancy
and comfort, is the Green Room. Its color
s> heme Is slightly chilly in fall and winter,
although It offers a cool and restful retreat
In the long hot season. A little cabinet with
various dainty trifles makes manifest the femi
nine proprietorship, and on the table are a few
books, not stiffly arranged as if for show, hut
with their somewhat worn binding inviting
the loiterer to open them and giving promise
of an interesting hour. Only the severe aspect
of some former Presidents as they gaze down
from the Green Room walls tends to prevent
the visitor from Finking into the inviting sofa
pillows and picking up a book. It is in this
toum that one of the best executed portraits in
the White House hangs. It is that of James
LJui hanan, well placed with an excellent light
on the refined but not strong face.
Here also are hung the portraits of Andrew
Jackson, of Martin Van Buren, Franklin Pierce,
Andrew Johnson, John Quincy Adams, Ruther
ford B. Hayes and, larger than all others, the
giant figure and fine likeness of Abraham Lin
coln, w hose full length is depicted, with the
dome of the Capitol in the distance.
The removal of the great, incongruous screen
from the front corridor has restored to the
White House one of its stateliest apartments.
This screen, ornate in itself but entirely out of
harmony with its surroundings, w;ls erected in
President Arthur's administration and was
made necessary because of the increased use of
a portion of the White House as a public office;
but its presence destroyed one of the finest
effe< ts of the original designer and converted
Uie stately corridor into a mediocre hall. Now
A has all been removed and the great corridor
At one end of thl3 corridor is the East Room,
rinsed on ordinary occasions, giving a cold
f ption to the small groups of visitors who
daily inspect its great proportions, its white
and gold decorations, beautiful but chilling,
save when on the occasion of musicals or large
receptions its barrenness is relieved by the
throngs who flock to the White House to enjoy
the Roosevelt hospitality.
Between the Green and Rei Rooms is the Blue
Room. Its decorations are pleasing to the eye
and by daylight the several windows offer a
most attractive view of the White House
grounds. But this room is chiefly used for the
small but formal entertainments, the diplomatic
receptions, etc., and on ordinary occasions it lc
unable to unbend from the somewhat formal
attitude it assumes at such times. It is mani
festly not a living room.
At the west end of the treat corridor Is the
■ late dining room, the door flanked on each
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
VIEW OF THE GREEN ROOM AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
The portraits hanging on the walls axe, beginning at the left: Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Martin Van Burea. Andrew Jackson and Ja.mc3 Rcchar^ta.
(Copyright, 1904. by Detroit Photographic Company.)
side by portraits of Presidents Harrison and
Arthur, while at the opposite end, as if guard
ing the entrance to the Kast Room, are portraits
of Presidents G ictleld and Cleveland. In the
central portion of the corridor are the portraits
of Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, both
excellent likenesses. In the corridor on the
second floor hang the portraits of Presidents
Fillmore and Grant and a small picture of
Jefferson.
In the lower corridor, whkh is reached by a
handsome marble staircase, is Chartrand's por
trait of Mrs. Roosevelt, an excellent likeness,
and along the walls range the likenesses of
many former mistresses of tho White House,
most of them full or three-quarter length and
affording the women of this day a whole ser
mon on the changes of fashion, a lesson femi
nine visitors to the White House seldom fail to
appreciate. Here, too, are the cabinets exhibit
ing the various sets of White House china, an
interesting collection in itself. Off in the lower
corridor are the comfortably appointed cloak
rooms reserved for the diplomats at the state
entertainments, and used by the ordinary world
at less formal receptions and dinners.
In one respect the visitor to the White House
may be disappointed. Aside from some splen
did antlered heads on the dark panelled walls
of the state dining room, no trophies of the
chase are to be seen. The widely advertised
skins and rugs, like the famous skin of the
little Mississippi bear which the President did
not shoot, exist only In the imagination.
THEY WEAR LONG HAIR.
Continued from fifth pafe.
In the future," said the older man, Ignoring
the unkind personal reference. "The day of
the queue is passing. Notice that fellow over
there, the one in the cutaway suit? His hair has
been cut."
"It looks to me as though he wore a wig,"
observed the woman.
"So he does," declared the younger man. "I
happen to know him. He Is one of the local
officers of the Chinese Reform Society, which
is advocating cutting off queues among other
things. If a young Chinaman came to him for
advice he would without hesitation send him
to the barber's for an American hair cut. If
you took off his wig, however, you would find
his own queue tightly rolled around his head.
He is not taking any chances. If the Reform
Society should not succeed, the Chinese who
have sacrificed their queues would 'Ind them
selves in an unpleasant situation. So he gives
the movement his support by wearing a wig
and urging others to visit the barber.
"I tell him he is overcautious, for the queue
will gradually disappear, at least so far as
Chinese in this country are concerned. A few
years ago Mr. Chinaman would have you be
lieve that his pigtail was the tag to his soul
and that without it he could never be pulled
Into paradise when he died. Another reason he
gave for not cutting his hair was that it would
prevent his return to China, or that its loss
VIEW OF THE RED ROOM
The portraits hanging on the walls are. beginning at the left" James Monroe. r,t-oi>:o Washington. J '«•
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