Giosue Zingali 1908

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com-nete of yes-terdav Gom- I MOST REMARKABLE WOMAN HIM AMERICA That Is How Mrs. "Jack" Gardner of Boston Is Classed. She Has Lately Been Put Into a Book How She Has Tamed Lions and Helped Struggling Musicians. Boston, Nov. 10. Somebody in Boston is always putting somebody else into a book. When Hawthorne wrote "Blithe-dale Romance," everybody recognized that though he was not a realist in the modern sense of the word, he had definite ' persons in mind members of the queer little colony or socialists who made Brook Farm famous in the annals of American literary history.' The genial "Autocrat" delighted in little personal touches. ' When William Dean Howells was still a Bostonian he wrote a series of novels in which there was no doubt as to "local color. Only a short time ago "The Opal," by an anonymous author, astonished society in the Hub and the metropolis bv a recital of episodes known actually to have taken place. ? And how Mrs. John L. Gardner, "Mrs. Jack," as she is more usually called, the wealthy Boston art collector whose name has rightly and wronlv leeonie associated with deeds extraordinary, fantastic and unexpected, l'as leen featured, though in a minor role, in a literary production. Mrs. II. A. Mitchell Keavs, a western writer, author of "The Road to Damascus," "He That Eateth Bread With Me," and other works, who has been living in the precincts of Harvard university for some time past, in her latest novel "I and My True Love," includes among her characters "Mrs. Planter" of "Moorway Court." The personality has immediately been recognized as drawn from Mrs. Gardner of Fanway Coourt, just as people are already speculating as to what governor of Massachusetts was really meant in the characterization of the dashing bachelor, "Eben Gregory," and whether the actress, "Edith Borringdon," may or may not be regarded as identical with Miss Ethel Barryuiore, and whether "Hiel Sargent," the playwright, has any actual xrototype. 1 The tone at all events of social life in Boston, including its doinance by one lady, is aptly suggested when Christina says fractiously, " 'I'm sure it doesn't matter how late we are at that old mu-sieale.' " 'It will annoy Mrs. Planter dreadfully,' protested Mrs. Warder. 'Going to Moorwav Court to a function is always to me like going to church at' Saint Peter's and befnrr waited for at the door by the pope.' " , w And later when Christina urges upon the governor of the state that lie should marry Mrs. Planter, she receives the reply: " 'She's 10 years older than I am more. " 'There'll be 10 years less of her then,' remarked Christina consolingly. 'And then think, she looked profound, 'you'll have that place, and all her heaps and heaps of money, and pictures, and statues, and' " "Just such wonderment why some notable has not succeeded in marrying the; most famous widow in North America,; is so characteristic of social speculation in the New England capital! For no American-woman, it is safe to j say, has been more in the public eye than "Mrs. Jack"; none is quite so well known throughout the length and breadth of the land, although it is often surprising to find how few people have a definite knowledge of her personality and accomplishments. Thus four meu not long ago, each from a different city, meeting at a hotel, were asked what they knew of Mrs. John L. Gardner of Boston. They asked, nearly in chorus: "Who's that? Mrs. Jack?" On being told that that lady was meant the man from New York replied: "Why, she's the lion tamer, isn't she?" The Pinladelphian said: "Oh, she's the woman with that big Venetian palace." The man from Pittsburg remembered that Mrs. Gardner had bought a Japanese kimono over his wife's head at an auction sale, and the citizen of Chicago recalled that she was a woman who had a fine feeling for music and a liberal purse opened frequently to the needs of impecunious performers. Each had remembered a single fact or incident about a personality that has impressed itself upon- the public as few women have !een able. Since Isabella Stuart of a fine New York family was married to one of the wealthiest and most aristocratic of Bostonians, she has consistently lived up to a reputation for doing remarkable things. The Goth-amite's recollection of her lion taming was due to the circumstance of her borrowing a good-sized cub she never actually owned it as some newspapers stated which had been on exhibition in an animal show. It is a fact that for some days the animal was installed in the Gardner mansion where he ran things, including the servants, pretty much as he pleased, and, according to rumor, ran some of them so far that they never returned to the mansion. The creature was merely an exuberant little romper, like any other kitten, but servants and neighbors failed to appreciate the fun. When, however, the newspapers discovered what Mrs. Gardner was doing the Incidents of her playful gambolling with his youthful majesty naturally made good copy.-" Apart from such occasional feats as lion taming, .Mrs. Gardner has leen distinguished for many years for her patronage of struggling musicians, painters and sculptors. She was largely responsible, it is understood, for the social prominence of Timothee Adamowski, for many years one of the chief performers "of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and now one of the most celebrated private teachers in America, and of George Proctor, the pianist. In Giosue Zingali,- a needy Italian sculptor of the North End, she once found a man capable of doinr better than ordinary- commercial work and made it possible for him to get his start in life, once at a South' End theater she notice 1 a musician cheaply attired and evidently poorly pa ill, whose performance was such that he seemed capable of higher things. On inquiry she discovered that this man had written music but that he had no money to pay for J

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  1. Great Falls Tribune,
  2. 11 Nov 1908, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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