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Alexis Fournier and
His Work in Paris
The fine portrait accompanying this ar
ticle will be recognized as an excellent
likeness of one of our rising young men
at present occupying a studio and evi
dently making gratifying progress in art.
If not winning laurels for himself and
Minneapolis, in Paris.
A breezy letter of Feb. 9, written at his
then address, IS Impase dv Maine, Paris,
has after some delay in transit reached
Minneapolis. It is full of enthusiasm over
his work and interesting in its mention
Of French artists. The following para
graphs are quoted:
I am busy in niy Paris studio, which is in
& gocd locality, being in the neighborhood of
several good artists. 1 am very happy over
my good fortune la the opportunity of being
here. I am not the one to speak critically of
my work. My business here is to improve
It* quality. 1 am not finishing many pictures,
but in each 1 strive to do my very besi, and
I hope I am making progress, but you know
"there are times when one wants to be
felone," as the son? goes.
My studio happens to be near that of Har-
J)ignies, whom I see nearly every weeJt, and
from whom I am having much helpful criti
cism. I saw the good old fellow again yester
day, when I sho ed him some drawings as
per appointment; among them were a few
{monotypes of mine of recent date. He looked
at them and 6&id: '"These are extremely in
teresting to me and very original. Ciei: You
Americans are great fellows. One never
knows what to expect of you. Here, write me
your address, for 1 am surely coming to see
you. Everything you show me is very inter
esting to me, and I know I shall find good
Stuff at your place."
As Harpignies (Henri) is nearly 80
years old, the last living representative
of the Barbizon s 00l and known as the
lather of landscape painters of the pres
ent time in France, one may imagine Mr.
Fournier's gratification at these words of
praise from the venerated old man.
Advices from various sources —from art
ists resident in Paris, from letters of
Americans visiting there and from some
of our townspeople but lately returned all
agree that Mr. Fournier ie making long
Strides ahead. But of this very many of
our people who have known him all the
Vay up and believed in him will say, "I
told you so!"
Mr. Fournier went to Paris last October
from Auvers sur Oise, where he had been
■with his family for about eighteen months.
While in Auvers he saw much of Charles
Sprague Pearce, the eminent American
artist. Mr. Fournier says Mr. Pearce's
advice has been of great value to him.
Mr. Pearce's decorations in the library
at Washington will be remembered by
those who have visited the national cap
itol as they are considered among the
finest in America. Mr. Fournier says
they were painted in Mr. Pearce's elegant
Etudio at Auvers.
Auvers was the home of Daubigny,
*rhose son now lives in the famous studio.
"Mr. Fournier says pleasant things of this
Eon and family: "They are among my
best friends over here and I had the good
fortune to be a welcome guest there, and
I have a sketch from Madame Karl Dau
bigny by her husband which will be a
souvenir of the most pleasant times spent
Jn Europe."
Mr. Fournier expressed his pleasure over
the visit- of Mr. and Mrs. Peavey of Min
neapolis to Paris and Auvers last sum
mer ' remarking incidentally that Mr.
Peavey had secured a masterpiece in oils
tnd some etchings which were in the
private apartment of Mme. Karl Daubigny.
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REV. MART B. G. EDDY, """"f !
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(Karl was the son of the great Charles and
a rery able painter.)
Mr. Foornier'< Latent Work.
The. photographs reproduced here are of
Mr. Founder's latest work. -Of course
photography does little. towards portray
ing color or comparative values but in
each of these the motive and composition
speaks for itself. In The Approaching
Storm" there is much strong color. The
heavy rain clouds are hurrying across a
rosy sunset sky and the sheep are hasten
ing to the shelter of the nearby straw
stacks. '
Moonrise" is the same size as 'The
Approaching Storm," 3x4 feet, 8 inches,
and reminds one in some indefinable way
of the work of Millet, the peasant painter,
and has received flattering comment by
Harpignies. "A Sylvan Melody" is an
Italian landscape showing a strong effect
of sunlight in the sky and distance. The
foreground is all in shadow.
Mr. Fournier sent also a pen sketch
(lost in transit) of his last year's salon
picture. This picture is now in the hands
of Messrs. Knoedler & Co., art dealers
cf Paris and New York. It is in their
Paris house and another of the same size,
"An Autumn Afternoon Along the Oise,"
has been sent to the New York house.
Mr. Knoedler thinks he can now handle
all Mr. Founder's work which he cares to
put on sale. He has letters asking for
pictures for the Buffalo exposition, Chica
go Art Institute, Philadelphia and New
Mr. Fournier had not yet heard of the
loss of his house by fire when this letter
was writeen for he writes:
Though it is said to be a dangerous thing
for an artist to remain too long in "the
west," yet my heart Is where the Minnehaha
falls and flows through meadows near my
"little house among the trees," and I like to
think It probable I may return there and
build an humble shop or studio among those
same old oak trees where I can study the
effects of the changing seasons as well as the
aspects of morning, noon, evening and, night.
It is my ambition to become not a European
artist, but an American painter of American
landscapes, and 1 should be proud to be de
scribed as "that fellow from Minnesota."
Loyalty to one's very, own! That was the
secret of the success of all those grand old
men over here and of Inness. Wyant and
Homer Martin at home.
Mr. Fournier is preparing "A Sylvan
Melody" and "Moonrise" for exhibition at
the Paris salon, which opens May 1. He
will return -to Auvers sur Oise as soon
as the weather permits one's working out
of doors and he hopes to take a sketching
tour in Italy before returning to America
in the summer, or fall.
—Charlotte Whltcomb.
Kansas City Journal.
The iDesbach family of Atchiaon had an
old horse which had lived out its days of
usefulness. At last it became so old and
decrepit* that it got down in the barn and
could not get up. The family sent for a
horse ambulance and turned the animal
over to the town scavenger with money to
buy chloroform with which to give the old
horse an easy death. The horse was care
fully conveyed to the boneyard and a pint
of chloroform was soaked in a sponge and
placed beneath its nose as it lay on the
ground. . After sniffing at the chloroform,
the horse jumped up, kicked out its heels
and ran cavorting out into the country.
And yet a man once wrote a book to prove
that animals have no sense of humor!
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Monster Spiders That
Are Found in Colorado
Buena Vista, Col.—Professor E. T.
Laughton has returned to his home in
New York after spending the winter in
exploring the mountains near Buena Vista
and investigating the habits of a species
of monster spiders found in the Middle
Cottonwood pass.
Little definite is known of these spi
ders, but around them has been gathered
a mass of Indian legend and prospectors'
yarns that rival those of Munchausen.
Many years ago these spiders lived in a
cave easily reached by tourists. It was
in a valley two miles northeast from Har
vard City, then a thriving mining camp
eight miles west of Buena Vista.
In 1880 a man named Shultz cut his way
into the spiders' den. He did not return,
and a week later a searching party found
his body partly buried in the spiders'
cave under a mass of fallen rock. As it
would have required considerable timber
ing at an expense of several hundred dol
lars to recover the body, and as the man
had no known relatives, it was left un
disturbed. Shultz's skeleton is still In the
cave, but the spiders have found another
home farther back in the mountains.
Pleasant Reading Ityoms for Christian Scientists.
Photos by A. S. WILLIAMS.
D~~]HE need of more suitable quar
ters for the literature of Chris
tian Science and an commodious
place in which it may be inves
tigated and studied has re
sulted in the admirably arranged and at
tractive rooms of the First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in the Andrus building.
These rooms are planned primarily for
reading purposes, but also serve as social
and business headquarters for the church.
They are in charge of Albert P. Myer and
Miss Ella Shaser.
Although the rooms have been occupied
for several weeks, they were not formally
opened until yesterday, when a large gen
eral housewarming reception was held,
both afternoon and evening. Hundreds of
guests passed through the rooms, admir
ing their handsome appointments, fine
location and conveniences. The purpose
of the reception was to present to all of
the 500 members of the church and their
friends the advantages of the rooms and
to promote acquaintance and pleasant so
cial relations among the members. The
social intercourse was facilitated by the
ministrations of a large reception com
mittee, which included the leaders of the
society, Miss Bary Brookins and Dr. F. W.
Uric, and Messrs and Mmes. C. C. Eaton,
E. G. Babbidge, John N. Greer, C. M.
Holman. W. G. Mclntosh. Mmes. Annie
C. Bisson, Lydia Russell, Carrie Gay,
Sadie M. Anderson, Antoinette Conkey,
Ella E. Kendall, Misses Anna L. Guthrie,
Some of the tales told about these spi
ders are given in an old letter which has
Just been found in Buena Vista. It says:
"A short distance out of Buena VUta
there is a cave swarming with spiders of
Immense size, some of them having legs
four inches in length and bodies as large
as that of a canary bird. The cave was
discovered in IS6B and was often visited
by pioneers on their way to California,
who obtained their webs for use in the
place of thread.
"Early and late the cave resounds with
a buzzing sound emitted by the spiders
as they weave their webs. The webs were
tested "in 1871 and found to be composed of
silk of the finest quality. The skin of
the spiders make good glovea, as they are
pliable and require no tanning.
"A number were captured and tamed,
and manifested great affection for all
members of the family. They were far
superior to a cat in exterminating rats
and mice, following their prey into the
holes In the walte-and ceilings. One spi
der, kept as a pet "by'a Bueua Vista lady,
used to stay all night at the head of her
bed acting as sentinel."
Anna M. Krudop, Fanny M. Hodson, Mary
Gilbert, Edith A. Spencer, Evelyn Wil
liamson, Messrs. F. G. Smith, George
Lawther, W. Y. Chute. R. C. Black, David
The reading-room is in charge of a per
manent committee whose members are
G. A. Landis, Mrs. M. A. Gaylord, Mrs.
Flora M. Lyon, Miss Ella Shaser, Albert
P. Myer. The handsome, substantial and
artistic furnishing and decorating of the
suite was superintended by a special com
mittee consisting of Mr. and Mrs. F. A.
Smith. Mrs. Julia Eaton. W. G. Mclntosh,
Mrs. Hattie Searles, \V. Y. Chute. The
way inwhich they performed their duties
was warmly commended by the numerous
Some Handsome Fnrnlshines.
The suite consists of four rooms. The
principal entrance is into the reception
room, which is in mahogany and green.
The rugs and drapery curtains are in cool,
restful green tones, and the large ma
hogany davenport is upholstered in a soft
green figured brocade. Terra cotta is the
prevailing color of the reading-room and
the furnishings are in plain and massive
flemish oak, the long reading table piled
with books being the chief feature. Each
of the chairs is of an individual pattern
and a large coat rack is decorated by
pyrography in a Dold and effective de
sign. The rugs of this room and the two
small retiring rooms adjoining are in a
deep red. Several of the chairs are up
holstered in red leather and the curtains
are terra cotta and green madras. A por
trait of Mrs. Eddy occupies a prominent
1 place in this room and other pictures on
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Photograph of one of Mr. Fournier's latest paintings. It Is an Italian landscape with at rong effect of sunlight In the sky and diaUao*
with the fore ground In shadows. This painting may go to the salon.
the walls are a Slstine Madonna, Hoff
man's "Christ in the Temple,"
"Christ in Gethsemane," and "Christ at
the Home of Mary end Martha." Several
of the pictures in this and the other rooms
are gifts.
One retiring room is connected with the
reading room by an archway, flanked by
mahogany pillars with elaborately carved
capitals, In which are hung heavy dra
peries. One long side of the room is filled
with a high Flemish oak settle, uphol
stered in green and filled with bright
cushions. Green silk and net curtains
soften the light. Above the settle hangs
the prophet's frieze and other religious
pictures, a reading table and chairs com
plete the furnishings. The other small
room is furnished in golden oak and has
on its walls two pastel pictures of Mrs.
Eddy's home, and a finely illuminated copy
of Psalm XCI.
For the reception the rooms were fur
ther adorned with a profusion of fragrant
flowers. The chandeliers, pictures and
walls were draped with smilax, and in the
reception room were vases and jardinieres
filled with pink and white roses. Red
roses glowed from many points in the
reading room, and the retiring rooms had
The rooms are open every day but Sun
day from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m., and are for the
use of all who desire to read, investigate
or study Christian Science publications.
How the Idea Grew.
The pioneer effort in conectlon with
the establishment of a Christian Science
reading-room in Minneapolis was Inaugu
rated by the Minneapolis Students' Chris-
▲ recent work of Mr. Foumler'a remarkable for'its strong coloring.
tian Scientist Association In September,
1889. Pleasant quarters were secured in
the McDonnell block on S Eighth street,
and for fifteen months the work was car
ried on by this association. In December,
1890, when a Christian Science church or
ganization was formed under the name
of Church of Christ, Scientist, the care
and maintenance of the reading-room was
transferred to that body, and the work
was carried on at the room occupied by
the church, 820 Nicollet avenue. Two
years later this church was dissolved to
give place to the more permanent or
ganization of an incorporated church,
known as First Church of Christ. Scientist.
The reading-room was then taken under
the charge of the newly established church
and has so continued ever since.
In 1895. room 218 Medical block became
the down-town home of the Christian
Science reading-room and continued the
same until July, 1897, when larger and
better rooms were leased in the New York
Life building. These quarters soon proved
inadequate and the result was the leasing
of and occupancy in February last of the
present suite of rooms in the new Andrus
From the inception of this reading-room
work until 1899, the word "dispensary"
was associated with it, but since then that
term has not been used in connection with
and Christian Science work.
As indicating somewhat the rapid growth
of Christian Science in this community
and the multiplication of its adherents
here during these years, it is noted that
the first year's sale of literature at these
rooms amounted to about 5100. whereas
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the last year's sales aggregated $2,000, and
at present the average number of visitors
to these rooms monthly is 500.
Purpose of the Rooms.
These reading-rooms while designed to
provide the public with a restful place in
which to read and meditate are the home
for all the Christian Science literature.
All of the sublished works of Rev. Mary
B. G. Eddy, the discoverer and founder of
Christian Science, and all of the author
ized Christian Science publications, is
sued by the Christian Science Publishing
Society of B< on, Mass., are kept on sale
at the roo:. and copies of these are
placed upon me reading tables for the free
use of any who desire to use them in their
studies. These works include the follow
ing books and pamphlets written by Mrs.
"Science and Health with Key to th«
Scriptures," the original standard and only
text book on Christian Science mind-healing;
"Miscellaneous Writings," "Christ aad
Christmas," "Retrospection and Introspec
tion," "Pulpit and Press," "Unity of Good,"
"Rudimental Divine Science," "Christian Sci
ence vs. Pantheism," "Message to the Mother
Church," "No and Yes," "Christian Heal
ing," "People's Idea of God."
Also files and copies of The Christian Si
ence Journal, the official organ of the First
Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Maaa.,
issued monthly and containing interesting re
ports of cases of spiritual and physical
healing, as well as instructive discussions of
the principle and practice of Christian Sci
ence, and the Christian Science Sentinel, a
weekly newspaper containing editorials and
miscellaneous articles and contributions from
the pen of teachers and students of Christian
This whole enterprise is in the nature
of a tribute of gratitude, an offering of
love to the revered leader of the Chris
tian Science movement, Rev. Mary B. O.
The Atlanta Journal relates an amusing
encounter which Maurice Barrymore once
had with a stranger. "Will you oblige
me with a light?" said Barrymore to a
belated stroller. "Certainly." said the
stranger holding over his cigar.
But when Barrymore handed back tne
perfecto the owner flung it away. Out
came Barrymore's cigar case.
"Take one of mine," he said, with a
tone to the invitation which made an or
der of it. The stranger hesitated and
took the cigar.
"Let me offer you a light," added Bar
rymore, giving his lighted weed to the
Upon regaining his cigar Barrymore, of
course, flung it away.
"I should like to continue this indefi
nitely, but I have only a few cigars," he
said, and walked off.
Barrymore would devote as much
thought to a trifle like this ns. he would
require to write a brilliant essS? or mem
orize a part.
Philadelphia North American.
"Pay?" said the tramp lightly, after he bad
swallowed the drink. "I guess not. Do
you know who I am, young fellow? I m u»«
third cousin o' Mrs. Carrie Nation.''
••Help!" yelled the bartender. "Here, ola
man, have another—Just for friendship s
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