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. 3 Air J JOFF.PH JEFFERSON TELLS THE STORY OP RIP VAN WINKLE'S DOQ TO OWORQW W. LININGER AND ROME MILLER. , OSKPII JEFFER80N'B name has a place In the personal vocabu lary of more people In the United States perhaps than that of any other actor who ever drew bou quets and The noise of hands and cheers across the footlights from the dim theater, and because of this fondness the public largely knows how little Mr. Jefferson values his masterly ability of Impersonation and creation, and how eager he Is for praise of the paintings to which he gives the greater part of his time, and of which he is so proud. The dean of the American stage is now 74 years of age and long ago reached that supposedly superlative time of life where he could do what he pleased and not what least pleased the wolf at the door. The public suffers keenly enough for this, In that It is deprived, except for about twelve short weeks, of the most admirable Rip Van Winkle and the most admirable Bob Acres. The rest of his year Mr. Jefferson devotes to shooting, fishing and the canvas and easel or the painter. Ex rresldent Cleveland Is a favorite compan ion In sporting expeditions, and the drives of Talm beach and other picturesque spots frequently enough give the public glimpses of Mr. Jefferson, the artist, awheel for some striking marine or other bit, which he can reproduce on his canvas. When Mr. Jefferson was In Omaha re Changes D4t?t M . &u HW III.HIT7IICTPB Ul million I In most things,- the plain gold for more years than even the historians are sure about. In America very few wedding rings other than those of the plainest style have ever been worn. How much longer the fashion will continue Is an Interesting question. There are now many more exceptions to the rule than formerly, reports the New York Sun. From time to time, of late, women of fashion have been married with other than a plain gold ring. A Fifth avenue Jeweler had two orders lust winter for a wedding ring, each of which was a complete hoop of small dia monds, set very flat and so close together that not a particle of the setting was In evidence. "You are quite sure the ring was not Intended for an engagement ring?" the jeweler was asked by the reporter to whom he related this vagary of fashion. "Certainly I um," was his reply. "The engagement ring was ordered from us, too. "It Is not often, though, that we are asked for anything but plain gold wedding rlngn," he went on. "and I fancy no other style will become popular very noon. ' You see there Is really no stone except a dia mond suitable for that purpose, unless it la a ruby, which is almost too costly to be wasted on a very flat setting, and none but a fiat ring tor a marriage Hag Svums to be wanted. m ; 1 1 1 ' cently, a friend knowing his enthusiasm for the art of form and , color, took the great comedian to Mr. Llnlnger's, think ing that Mr. Jefferson could there pass the hours before time for the performance much more pleasantly than elsewhere in the city. The supposition was entirely correct, for Mr. Jefferson, after being first considerably surprised at the excellence of the collec- -tlon, spent more than two hours In an enthusiastic Inspection, and on leaving ex pressed a very evident sorrow that he should have to go so soon. Entering the gallery his attention was first attracted by the large painting of David with the head of Goliath. "Why, here you have a Quldo Renl," said the youthful-old actor, with kindling enthusiasm, "this must be your best piece? Tou have given It such a good place." Morlng along Mr. Jefferson called the names of the painters of each canvas no catalogue for him. ; Here's a Titian," he said, before the painting of the boy and horse. "Do you know, Titian used the boy and horse about as much as Irving did the dog Snyder In 'Rip Van Winkle.' " "But here's a dog,'" said Mr. Lininger, referring to the "Boy In Disgrace," that beats your dog Snyder." ; -No, no." 'said" Mr. Jefferson. qutcKiy partisan to Rip's; companions,' "I think Snyder will outlive two to on this dog In That Take Place in Wedding Rings "I have never mnde a wedding ring with Jewels In a high setting. ' "Evidently the diamond hoop la gaining In favor for a wedding ring. ' It has been ordered of more than one' of the well known Jewelers during the last year." "And several times." admitted a dealer, "we have made a wedding ring in which were sunk three diamonds placed a trifle more than one-eighth of an Inch apart. The surface of the diamonds was even with the 'surface of the cold. "We also made a wedding ring for a bride last' winter which had one very beautiful ruby sunk Into the gold In the ' center. In conversation with the lady it came out that she hud read somewhere that the wedding ring given by James, duke-of York, 'to Mary of Modena, was decorated with a ruby, and the idea caught her fancy. - 1 "In the old days a royal bride nearly al ways wore a Jeweled wedding ring, what ever they may do now, although biog raphers of Queen Mary, who married I'hl ip of Spuin In 1K4, say that after a long dis cussion as to what Jewels should adorn her wedding ring, she chose to be married with' a plain gold band, 'like a maiden of the people,' as she said. -"In the Jeweled wedding rings of those days, though, the stone were set high and elaborately, whertas the few that Ameri cans are using are placed very Inconspicu ously. . "The old-time Jewish wedding ring u Lininger Art Collection A J V - s cJ JOSEPH JEFFERSON AT THE the memory of the people." "The Philosopher's Sanctum," by C. Moll of Vienna, particularly held the attention of the actor-artisv and he stood long before It. "The . Pope's Reception," "The Money Changer,", by Leon Brunig of Antwerp; Bougereau'a "Return of Spring," and Flschel, Iefevre, Cooper, Schneider and other drew very favorable comment, but ,hls real enthusiasm was reserved for the Melssonier and the Velasques. "I wonder If the Omaha people appre ciate this collection?" ho exclaimed. "I wonder if they know that Melssonier and Velasques were two of the greatest paint ers of their schools. This place has vol umes of 'interest and Inspiration, an up lifting and ennobling Influence on all who. study the pictures. And I trust, Mr. Lin inger, that the people of Omaha appreciate your diligence In offering them such treasures." .... ', Mr. Lininger has some wine of Jerusa lem, which was pressed when that ruinous city was not by some years as old as now, and of which he Is justly proud. Mr. Jef ferson is a connoisseur in more than one form of art and warmly commended Mr. Llnlnger's bottled collection, drinking a quite a ponderous affair of filigree gold, enameled In colors " A dome or temple in miniature, which rose from the m:dd:e of the hoop, waa a favorite device. Some times the hoop was about three-quarters of an Inch wide and had raised edges. "One ring of this kind Is described by an authority as having five elevations on the upper part the center a hexagonal tower, with pent-house roof sloping down to the hoop, the gables and sides pierced with fourteen holes, or windows, and the roof scored to imitate tiles. On either side of this was a smaller tower without windows, ."No other ring could find room on a woman' finger beside this. I don't think there Is the slightest possibility that this style of ring well be revived.". r ."There are some indications of an at tempt - to make the ' wedding '. ring more ornate, and, although the deviations f r m the pluln gold ring are few and far be tween, at the same time there are devia tions," acknowledged a' wedding ring dealer who come In contact' with all f lashes. "Ten yeurs ago. there were practically nono. "For Instance, the old glmmal, or gemel ring ot the fourteenth 'century," or a modi fication of it, has been made several times of late for New York brides. One was male for a western bride, "These represent a plain' band of gold, ornamented at one point with two hand clasped. The whole thing Is of plain gold, with a very little engraving on the hand. A . : ? J - - ' k id LININGER ART GALLERY. toast to his host. "You have given . me a great pleasure, he said. "Your collection Is rare, very rare. I was delighted when I caught sight of the Guldo, but later when- I found you possessed a Melssonier and a Velasques, I quite forgot myself." Mr. Jefferson seems to think that the most difficult form of acting la a pose be fore the camera and refused to be taken when looking. "An actor knows little enough about act ing," he protested, "and an artist little about art, and a photographer, when he asks me to sit here like a base ball crank, perched upon the bleachers, gazing Into his machine while everybody stares at me, knows even less about, pictures. Take my picture when I'm not looking." He him self proceeded : to do away with the "camera gase" by arranging a group out side the gallery. . "Mr. Lininger, you sit here," he said, warming to the Bcene, "and Mr.. Miller, ; you look interested, and I will-sit here and tell you -the-story about-my.' dog'. Snyder. -Now, Mr. Artist, -when I get' to the funny part of my story, you snap." '- ' And it was then the artist "snapped." The ring Is neat and dainty and the Idea very pretty." Asking Too Much "Yes, sir," said the lady principal of the college for girls; "we are proud of the thor ough athletic training we give our student. We see that they have every attention from competent instructors, and develop their physique along with their Intellect." "L'm! yes," observed the father. "You make them strong and lively, do you?" "That la one of our chief aims." "Well, do you think you could educate Lizzie, here, eo that in time she will be strong enough to help her mother do the dishwashing when the cook is on a striker Judge, i A Real Philosopher "Didn't growl when hU house burned down?" "Not him!" "Nor. when the earthquake swallowed hia land?" "Not him!" "Well, didn't he say anything at all?" "Oh, yes! Hunted up the sheriff and con gratulated him that he wouldn't have b make a Journey to levy en turn any aauravV Atlanta Cvnttltuiioo.