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This Marvelous Work Of \ Milo again lg in hiding J*om the hands of the* Invaders and Is complying with her 1800-year tSt never having fallen Into am , of her foes. ?,?n3h.e Germans started their ; sSr tlT? ??D Parl11 ffl0r? ttat0: * , fam?u? Statue was r? ?? a p o of w?Uag where she with other art treasures' remains in hiding, secure from both the knowl edge of her friends and foes. ,Ul? German drive was her aided this famous statue with 720. > Ses ,tbe S108' Parisian. I r^0?1,8 was pIaced ln a moving van Sf !^cen(.t? ^?me "Pot where only a few mayflnd her. !; weighing6.600 pounds ' StfL k a^ay 11140 ?eclusion and: ttuB for her hundredth time escaped destruction from the hands of her enemies?for Venus da Milo is Pa 5n.an1d any of her enemies might Jtoto destroy her on such a; th?us!md ye"" ago she was the loveliest of P&nzL idols wqn shiped as the queen of the victorious as well as the pitiless, In a white ?n f ^1 stle reigned victorl ^amid the scenes of a Grecian She was the heathen goddess of iSZtfl7?1 ? vaitt cruel pain strife, Jealousy and the conflicts of -men. Then came Christianity and those inflamed with zeal in the new ^ses to right and lett^regardless of their intrinsic CARRIED AWAI 2,000 TEAKS AGO. But Venus, that beautiful yet nude masterpiece of the sculptors, had her defenders and they carried her of8C"lptur*<i reproduction or the goddess) away to safety to a secret vault in a hillside. The statue was sealed up with mysterious core mony and guards placed about the ^7.?"?. t0 protect the statue with thiir lives. The stone.was covered with dirt and sod and to add to the Pagan rites two little mysterious godderses were placed beside the tomb to pro tect the staue. ?Sf>te^?^,und^ed years pa38C(1- In March. 1820, Yorgos Bottonls a J^ft of the island of Melos in the Medlterranian, with his son and nephew were plowing their ground one day. The field was in two tar fff?8- On the edge of the upper terrace Yorgos noticed certain hie antique stone and desired to use them. Prying one up he found a fissure. Feverishly they broke in i.on ??& knees beheld in the shadows beneath them, the spectre of^a woman, larger than normal. Frying further they pushed over aaecti?a of the wall into the lo^ . field They jumped down, looked in and were struck with strange r.we dSnt6 ?tood, * WxMess, white and ra diant, beautiful with the beauty of . immortals" of the old songs' Who had hid and sealed her up" a mystery. During 1,800 years that ?arv^ou? form, born of the light, had been a captive in the dark? fiie, the victorious! Yorgos guessed her value. He !?^w. ^ antique Greek statues ^'h! !?re gn eyea- jreat Price; and his statue was entire' Kfty years later Yorgos' son and mp* atln "ving. protested that ?be tad been found entire. Presi dent Thiers of the French Republic, being interested in the Venus of Milo had sent Jules Ferry ? L? baasador to Greece, around 1872, to jrfrft .Pm ?C>1 tra^lu?ns at Melos. ln"e- He found Antonio and Yorgos Bottonis. Jr.. who a? youths-of 18, had participated in the great discovery. are the son and nephew " r^r?wn t0 ba beau tiful, white-bearded old men, robust ruddy, bright-eyed. Examined set)-' arately before the Frenoh Con\i?T they declared forcibly, with deteiU explanatory poses and ardent ges ticulations that the Venus, when they found her. was standing up right on her pedestal, the left a? extended and Its hand holding an "The popular story of the country Ferry, ?i, a tale of strife and battle. The discovery, the dispute, the fight on the beach? all impressed the islanders; and the lmpressioh remains." 8o, now, the story. CE? It was only recently revealed. And it is queer! The minute Bhe came out of hid ing?strife of men!! and smash! HIDE THE STATUE. Yorgos and the two boys put their Bnd in safety. They found her to be in two su perposed blocks, joined invisibly at the waist. Also, the left arm could be unhooked from the shoulder, to which it was cunningly fixed by an iron tenon. 'l'hey hid her precious upper half in a cabin. And they blocked the niche to hide her lower half, the pedestal and two little guardian fig ures. Almost immediately the French naval stores ship La Chevrette an chored in Melos harbor. .Oa board was a young jmsign, curious of art antiquities, who was later to become celebrated?M. Dumont d'Crville. Castro, the village, had an antique marble amphitheater, broken col umns, mutilated carvings, tombs and blocks of the old walls of Melos. Snooping through this, d'Urvllle got news of Yorgos' find. He took aside bis friend, Lieut Hatterer. "Matterer," he said, "a peasant has found a peerless statue. Let's go see it" Yorgos was hot to sell. Ha showed them the legs, then took them to tbe cabin to see the upper half. Their eyes were for a moment blinded by the sunlight. Then, In the tf\rk cabin, * .v.mbpam iraa. a little wi% OUCHING VENUS' ? dow glided the face and bust of a supernatural beauty, rising from the lower regions! D'Orvllle says, "like a lily rising from the soil;" Venus seemed rising from the cabin floor. In her left hand she held an apple! D'Urvllle agreed to buy her. The bargain was made. The Chewrette sailing immediately to Constantino ple, he Informed the French Ambas sador, the Marquis de Rivlerq; and in a few days the Ambassador's nec rdtary was sent to make the pay ment, "cdmpjete the acquisition at any price'.' and lake possession. Unhappily, Secretary Marcellus arrived a trifle late. The primates of the island had taken it on them selves to make a gift of the Venus to a certain Greek Prince inhabiting Constantinople. So Yorgos had Mid her to them?also. Half the purchase price had been paid. At this moment arrived the French war schooner I/Bstafette, sent by tfce ambassador to take the statue. When she anchored In Me 108 Harbor, May 30, .1820, her com mandant, Robert, saw a brig flying the Turkish flag anchored near by; and. to the consternation of himself and Secretary Marcellus, there ap peared at the foot of the hill a crowd of Greek and Turkish sailors labo riously transporting the upper half of the peerless one toward that same Turkish brig! No donbt was possible. She was naked and shlplng. The Turks had r boxed aor trapped her. Lat er It Wft? learntd that her low<_ jgjjiBiBbBII Be half was already on the brig; and here they were lugging the lovely torso on a stretcher, equilibrium be ing kept by ropes tied to her bust and neck?which still bear traces of their wearing on the soft marble! "There's just time," said Robert to Mftrc^llus. They armed a squad ot marines, took the longboat and reached the shore just as a Turkish longboat crew came running to protect their brethren. Outlasses and clubB opened the dance. The Turks'dropped her to defend themselves. Slash, parry, wrestle and roll! A cutlass takes off a Turkish car. Enough carnage tor a graven image! They pull for their brig. The French have captured the Peerless One! They were excited and hurried. Quick, put rollers under her! At tention. she's falling over! Mal heur, she's toppled! Now, my chil dren, yet an effort Here's the boat Embark. It was hot work. Best say nothing about it And nothing was said. No mention of a light with Turks in time of peace. No mention of rough-housing Venus in a scrim mage. They squared the Turks, who ceded them the statues' lower half. Yet, when the "Estafette" sailed, Venus borp sad wonnds. What wounds? Among fragments of marbl* gathered up after the light on the beach, were the debris of arm or arms? Is particular,'the beauti ful left arm, which dUrvUle and Matterer saw entire on her ghoulner, lifting high the apple. SAFE IN THE LOUVBE. Her doom Is to get one swat, each time she moves! Behold, we say, Venus Vletrtx safe In the Louvre, at Paris. "The bust and front have scarcely suffered from the ravages of.time," reported the Co'mte de Clarac, the Curator. "They keep the velvety skin of a master ot the Greek peri od. who, after polishing, once more skimmed the chisel over the perfect work. But here and there are slight lesiona, due, probably to careless, pick work in digging ber up." But he knew that she was not dug up. He delighted In "fragments ot arm," which he assumes to have been "happily fqund" with the statue. He notes in them "the same quality of marble and of work; the same velvety effects of chisel skim ming." The shoulders have been most damaged. Traces of cords in dicate that she may hare been "dragged;" shoulders and" hips are "scraped." Yet, a lew lines after, be mentions the left shoulder being "broken" at the Joining point All ot which is assumed to hjive hap pened long ago. fllSed " time ?a8^ed' "tww talk She received a swat on the boat! Aye, and another at Paris! What tor? Partly to prove her ot t^e. great *%.. . ' Greek period! In 1854. a famous classical arch aeologist, Charles Lenormant, summed up the strange talk in an article In The Correspondent, con taining these singular words: "I hare always believed that, from the beginning, to better accredit a production which is Its own best proof, they designedly caused to dis appear accessories which might de range the idia that they had discov ered a chef d'oeuvre of the grand period of Greek art Thus, besides the arms, they suppressed the debris of qn Inscription." AliWAXS GETS A SWAT. Who Is "they?" Marcellus, who was still alive, came out Indignantly in the Bevue Contemporalne, ' defending himself, the ambassador, and the naval offi cers of the"Estafette" against "an attack Involving alleged vandal ism." Yet he did not breathe a word concerning the fight on the beach. Lieut Matterer seems to have bad a ?mailer suspicion that the arms were tnokpn deiiberstely, either on the ship or after her arrival at Paris. Neither he nor dUryille?bpth of W|wm saw Venus intact?formed pari of the conquering party, but they know about it Matterer began to get uneasy. Na val officer, he had a honor of "but ting in** and seeming to criticise,'yet it' enraged'hlm to hear the authori ties gravdy discuss "the probable ? Sgtfgge oftheK-me." So, finally, he wrote three notice?, one for The Archives de l'Art Francala, Ofe se cretly confided to the curator of Tu Ion Museum and a third confided to Jean Aicard of the French Acad emy. He made , a tketchiol the'per fect Venus, as be had sees her In the niche, and added simply: HFor the rest they (the arms) b%vq bees mutilated, the one a?d the "oil" In 1858 he wrote another j telling for the first tim>, p; that Venus was acquired by hut not even here does he 11 onathe'lmcb!! Ker ^ 4116 "No," wrote Aicard a few year* ago. "Matterer thinks, tranaplHy, that they committed the jet ?>t 'fur ther mutilating her In Paris/ and de signedly! He shares ttiifc strange opinion with ,the aechaeologUtvLe mormant, and each '.without - the knowledge of the other. And :ty> is not a writer, but a naval ottcif 1" Hare says that the peile ' went a change in the f the Louvre, and that ' tion is nq< longer there;" would be an insult , tr : Ue? to ,suggest Aa?,t It?to remove evidence treasure belongs'to a date J >?, AnH Venus has made another move. ? Each time she mores she gats a swat ? . . We shall see what happens to.-her this time.