DuPont Coudert, Amalia Kussner, 1898
A Mother's Experience , . . ... : .,,'ioniet and (retting better. When I had From generation to gcnerution the tajnt of impure blood is transmitted, and in the same way tho bc.neficial blood-purifying effects of Hood's Sur- saparilla are spread through families. Jf the life- stream in p'triticil at its source, or imrrif.-iliaudv wlicn evidence Of impurity first appears, much suffering will be. avoided. Tin: hcnulicent •work of Hood's Sarsiipiinlla tor young •women, wive.-. iiii>i/ioi-.«t anil little uno of all agf.-s has won the liighosl praise, Hood's and is another gom in its crown iis America's Greatest Medicine. For illustration, please read this letter: "The end of one of my fingers began to itch and soon there was a collection of watery blisters under the skin, which broke and discharged « watery substance, and the flesh became inflamed around my finger nail. It kept getting worne and spread toward the knuckle. Then I began doctoring lor poison, using carbolic acid for a wash and potting on poultices. The core did not get any better, however, and MOOII it appeared on the next linger and continued to spread. It pained me HO rnuc:h i could not do my housework. I wan given a prescription for salt rheum, but found it hurt my nursing baby and I stopped taking it. The disease then appeared around the nails on every one of my lingern and rny suffering was terrible. 1 could not atttnd to my boy and was advised to wean him, but I hesitated about this as he was puny and ouiet and eetting better. When I had taken two bottles of Hood's Sawaparill* and a box of Hood's Pills I «ound my bands getting better. I kept on with Hood's Sarsaparilla and my hands continued to improve and now they areper- 1 fectly healed. My little boy is strong and | healthy. Hood's Sarsaparilla has given I me strength to do m ",'B to Mai-Iborougb to paint the Prluce of "VValec, who presented her, at the completion of the work, with an autograph photograph of himself in the costume he wore when she painted his miniature. The miniature of the prince painted by M'-ss Kussnet' was presented to the prim-ess by her royal husband, who declared it was the finest picture and the best piece of wnrk of that sore that had ever been done for him. , see a difference in n,y boy; he was more I Get Hood's and only Hood Oroatcet Mc.Hdno. it HE TELLS OF AMALIA the court Magazine Writer Weaves With Fancy Amalin Kussner's Life. Her Relatives Think the Author Had a Vivid Imagination. Miss AmnliM Kussner. the world •famous painter of ivory mini:itutvx is the isiThjwt of a vivid sketch in the Meti'opolita-n ma^i/ine's! last number. just issued. Odiss Knssner, who has -c- ccntly returned from i\ year's so.ioiini arnon.tr the nobil'iry of Knfflnml, and has abandoned her study in Lnndon for rhe time for an client: suite of Tooins in the Windsor Hotel, New York, is repi'esent.-d M^ tellin- tlie •Ktory of her life und her childhood, in collection with her rise to fame. •Miss- Kussner came to Terre If.'int' 1 from Crpencaistle when about a yar •hi. rrer-fatlier, whom many residi-nts •will remember aw the music dealer of the Marble Block, -bought a two-story <k>ul«lo stoi-e-room Iniilding standlns •just west >of the old Fir*' National 'htiildinfT. noiw used as •Curiosity Shop, sonlli of Jionw. For several years lie kept Ills -niusic store in tin- east half of ifii 1 jtroiind floor, the west room being rental as n store. After he had been firmly established nnd several years had elapsed he rented this west half to a couple nf men that wished to encasr in the fttf business. TTicse men had their store room stacked hitih with furs when a mysterious fire burned the tuildiiur to tin- Around. Kussner hist almost, everything he ihad. hut man- •ajrod after a lime to build tin 1 brick •w-bich is now used as the hall for the Lisht TTous(> Mission, .\hoiil leu years a -jo he removed his place of business to Hie Marble Ulock, In Main sliver. Alvour clirht years a no he sold mil and the family went to riiicaso. The masa'/.iiH 1 article docs not state that twcnty-thi'cc out of the thirty years of 'Miss Kussner's life were spent in Torre Haute, says the Terre TTaurc Kxptvss. ft says she is a western irirl and speaks of ln-r life in general terms. It says her father was Austrian and lier mother Spanish. There are other remarks in the article. which is printed below, which will pause the many people who were acquainted with the peculiar, laru-e-eycil child to smile audibly. Miss Kussner's mother wns a VTeln- hardt, havinc; been born near Munich. In Germany. Tlie hitter's sister is Mrs. TV. Allen Pence of this city. Tier In-other was the father of Mr. "U'ein- hardt. memlier of the plumbing flt'tii of Freitasr. Wc-inhardt & Co., of Main street. Kussner was himself also of strong Teutonic antecedents, as will be remembered by those who conversed TN-ith him. Tie was ,<i peculiar man, •n-ith a very close knowledge oC the mechanical structure of musical (nstru- ments. The Terre Haute relatives .ire Inclined ro think th.it Miss Kussner derived her talent with the brush from her mother, who was said also to have exhibited signs of the art when young. The home of Pr. Pence is the hold of n large number of treasure? to the family in the shape of early sketches tiy the young woman. A number adorn the mnntel in the parlor. •Miss Amall.i. or rather "Molly." as 5he was called here, -was engaged to be married to Mr. .Tohn W. Paris. •whose death occurred a short time ago. Mr. Davis "was a lawyer, and •'"relative of -Tiidge Wfllfam Stack. The following is the Metropolitan urtrst'si Iraajrlnatlve pen picture: Those -who Ivave ^een brought in contact -wltn the exquisitely poetical personality <>f Almalla Kussni-r arc ,-ipt. as a matter of course, to surround her wiili the halo of a |>n-ri.v romance, anil to give credence to the ol'l.-Vc- |,,.;iicd tah' thai -fame and fortune came to her as naturally as beamy and t'ragranci' :o the llowe.r. Hut those who know 'her besl realise ami fully appreciate the fact that tin]>resem: success of this charming young •artist, is not due to her mar- vellous talcn-i: -I/in i's the result of unremitting toil and indomitable, pluck. Miss KUMSIHT has brought to bear upon her 'work character lirslly and then the intuition of a deeply sympathetic nature. She loves the beautiful in music, in literature, :iud painting, and with rare discernment she limls the beautiful in every face dial' she produces upon the ivory. Her miniatures glow with a certain subtle suggestion of beauty c|iiite independent of technical resemblance. Miss Kiissner. in speaking of her own work, says: "It has been a f-e- iltient criticism of my minatiiros that. they are idealixed: T do not think they re. 'I'o me they are entirely sincere. 1 could not (latter if 1 would. Only the beautiful aivpeals to me. and I could not paint any one who did not seem as lovely as 1 see her. It may lie that I am 'blind to the unlovely—f have never theori/ed about it—or possibly my anticipntion of the -finest and best in every one of my s'islers may help me to tiring it out, .1 do not know how it is. 1 only know that i cannot touch the ivory until I ha.ve found ir. Any successful portraiture requires n good deal of sympathy between I lie painter and Hie subject, and miniature paint inn. by reason of Its peculiarly delicate ami inti-mali 1 character, makes larger demands of rhe kind than al- mosr. any other method. 1 rim absolutely absorbed in the -persoiialiiv of my siller, 1 study her. think of her. actually dream of her until the miniature is done: and i: is the same wirh each in Mini, If. then." she says lit conclusion, "my miniatures are ideal- ised, it is because 1 have been fUlc 10 see and to paint loveliness which has not been shown to Hie casual observer." One can readily understand how Miss KtisMicr holds wiihin herself lilt: power to draw out tlie beautiful iiiiil lovely of those with whom she comes in contact. She is. beyond all else, "une iVimno clewline." Her surroundings, her rooms, her little belongings, nil bear the cachet of a nature tvtined and dainty. Hut she possesses withal a girlish enthusiasm and winsome ai't- lessness that make her. without eft'orr. a delightful companion. -She is a. western girl, inasmuch as she was born in the west. Her faiher was an Austrian, her mother Spanish. Uerit'ather was eminently musical ami came from n race of musicians .-rid. artists, ''Father was a genius," Mis* Kussner exclaims enthusiastically. "My mot her was of an exceedingly dreamy temperament. T reincnnber her as a lirtle girl watching her big, dark eyes, ga/.ing into space when she fell into one of her reveries," Wln'le their home was not luxurious, ir was highly cultured and one rh.it tended to foster a love of art in the talented child. There was a.n abundance of good music, good books, and viirornus discussions with the artist friends of the father. "Of myself as a child T have lirtle ro relate." Miss Kussner says smilingly. "I ,im afraid I was a litrle tomboy girl, very fond of fun and very fond of drawing. I can never remember the time when I did not have a pencil in my hand, sketching the faces of my little playmates." Even at that early age the child showed her natural tendency to discover the poetical and beautiful in the chubby and often-ttmes common-place faces of her schoolmates. Her work was free from all suggestions of cari- caunv. She was about twelve years ,,ld when an excellent immature pur- t.rait fell into her hands. The girl studied it. with an enthusiasm approaching i-estaey, and from that moment playmates and games were thrown aside. •She spenl hours working upon the pieces iff ivory she coaled her father to purchase -for her. Her only critics •were her father ami her father's friends, who encouraged the girl without flattering her. From her earliest atiempts she proved an enormous capacity for taking pains and from the beginning she worked upon ivory alone. 'Miss Kussner was virtually n-.-ilned from tlie beginning that the miuiatinvs are in their broadest sense m her talents, and her extraordinary success is without doubt due to the fact that her lifsf. inspirMlimi came from the miniature, and upon Whose small surface she poured all the wcvilih nf her lirst enihuswsm. Armed with a single letter of introduction and a, few of what she considered the best: examples of her work. Aiualia Kussner. young and inexperienced, but. hopeful, readied the great metropolis. Vpou a certain- morning the trembling girl, with her letter of introduction and her little package of miniatures, was ushered Into the mansion of a wealthy and eminently aristocratic woman who was destined 10 "become the means of ushering the young, unknown artist into fame and fortune. Perhaps the most trying ordenl through which Miss Kussner has ever passed w.is the few moments thai elapsed berween tiie departure of the butler with her note and little package and his return. The answer was t'a.vornble. She was invited into the lady's boudoir, and left, with an order to paint a miniature. 'I'liis was Hie turning point in her HlV. This first, order was followed by others ami ."he £;r! a.wo-ke one morning lo lind herself in fashion. Mr. Pe'ler Marie, the well-known miniature collec'tor. at his famous exhibition, shown for the flrsi time ar the portrait show, exhibited also for the tirsl 'time a collection of Miss Kussner's miniatures, and, coming (is it did in direct: coi.iira-st wirh the work o!' ihe most famous miniature painiers of the last century, its exquisite, deli- cancy and (id-Oily wero immediately recognized by connoisseurs. Strange to say, tthis collection proved that the earliest miniaiurcs of (lie young artisf were as exquisitely nnd bi-illia'itly done as her latest. Her work is altogether poetical, sug- trestive. and flower-li-kc. 'She catches intuitively, even .-vmidsf the mosr brilliant -glow op color. Hie subtle delicacy of whaii has been rishily called the "rose-leaf art". All her sitters wear picturesque garments—now a mantel clasped on the shoulder with gems, or a drapery that, indefinite as lit may be, suggests tlie Rommey or the n.-iiinsborongh style: but more often she imagines for her sitters a wreathing of airy, fairy white tulle caught together and held down with roses, or some/time*: the hend stands out: clear ns a. cameo on the white ivory surface. .Miss Kus-sner left for -London in ISO'i wirh Mrs. Arthur Paget. whose mother. Mrs. Paran S-tevens. had been one of the earliest friends nnd patrons of the young artist. Upon her arrival in London Mis? Kussner. ever eager for criticism, sought nn Interview with Sir John Millais and showed him n number of her finished portraits. So delighted was he with the quality of her work that'the miniatures found a place on the walls of the Royal Academy. As soon as nine portrait? of English beauties were completed, Mrs. Paget gave a tea to exhibit ithem. and this resulted In a large num-ber of orders from the -highest aristocracy, including the Duchess of M.arlboroTi!?n: ana 'before leaving England she was called t; O-1KL. ••que.rres aind Co.mplainr.s" has ruled. in answer to the wnfession of a lady tli-.it she "whistles jvopular airs about the house" tliar it is in it lady-like to wh'is'tl-e. It seeing to us ihat -iltis is a rather sweeping decision, and we advise ihe lady to'ttiUi' an .appeal. We assume that the ]:idy spoke of her own house, and if she is- a good whistler and a perfect lady, who slops whenever it- is imimaiitl that she is making too much noise, we <hould certainly advise her to go ahead and wh.istle. Whistling girls are nor so common rh.-u we have no'l been abb' to keep track nf them, and we have never known a reputable girl who whistled who was not a good da.ugh'tei'. jolly sister, and. in rime, a tirst-class wife. 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