Indianapolis News, Indiana 25 Nov 1905. Re: John Herron

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Indianapolis News, Indiana 25 Nov 1905. Re: John Herron - THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25,...
THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1905. tbe perfect and Ideal Hfe HEREON INSTITUTE CORNER STOHE LAID Contin from .Pag One. aionally a picture was bought wrth money obtained by aubacrtptions. with the hope that tber would form a nocleua that would finally grow Into a public coUec- coUec- oon or vaioe and importance. In inkn hthl hAvinc nride tn hl city, and desirous of Its profreea and advancement, left the sum of t-S9. t-S9. t-S9. lo the Art Association to build aa institute to bout, its present collection and future srquisttfms and atao ti conoucx an mr school l r.e i aiaoit was .reuu and the bulldinx on the groutla was opened as a museum and wae' ao eon- eon- ductd untU It was demouebva u ereci. the building- building- now under way. "To-day "To-day "To-day an Important rtep forward In tbe acoompltohnaent of John Herron a purpos. lalvcm. This institution will be the ecnterrnr noint from which tba en nobling- nobling- lnni-Dces lnni-Dces lnni-Dces or art wia radiate, not onlv through this community, but tbrougnout tne great stale oi inoiana. The Art Museum 'a Importance. "From the viewpoint of the city's needs. tbe art museum la just aa Important aa the library, fine Architecture, boulevards. parks or other evidences of civic progress which 11a beyond tbe mere atilltiea. AH over our country art museums rep resenting- resenting- tba Investment of large euma are being founded in ambitious communi ties, and It Is fittlnr and proper that In diana pobs should keep pace with ber sla ter cities. "Indlanaoolla alreadv enJors prestige as tbe center or intellectual activity and aa poaaesatnc aa exceptionally elevated aodal life: aa a cltr of . extensive and beautiful parka, of wide, well-kept well-kept well-kept and shaded streets, of generoua and beautiful lawn, of fine architecture and artiettc homes, of splendid acboola and churrhea. a moral, peaceable and contented people, people, and without apeaking of bar progress along utilitarian finea the time has now come when the art side should be brought up to the level of these other advantages. Let me admonish those who are In charge and Intrusted with tbe manage ment of thla institution, that If any good to oome out of It. God word muat be the e-entral e-entral e-entral and ruling thought; that true art haa tiack of It the deowt rellgioua sentiments snd RwraJ convictions. convictions. To benefit humanity, art must ap peal to trie souls and sentiments or no-mantty no-mantty no-mantty snd must rest on tbe broadest and widest ernpethles.; "This Institution must not be made a mere curiosity shop, but must have edu- edu- kMon as it nrst purpose. Teellna: the ri.3 of such an Institution. weksome the advent of the John Herron Art- Art- fnstltute, and tn tbe natural future -enlargement of Its epf. wherein It will need sympathy snd supdurt. I commend it gladly to our ci ti sens. ' MAYOR-ELECT MAYOR-ELECT MAYOR-ELECT SAYS IT MARKS CITY'S DEVELOPMENT Knew John Hen on Hie Act Brought Important Addition to Cite Higher Higher Educational Institutions. Charles A. Book waiter, mayor-elect, mayor-elect, mayor-elect, spoke In part aa follows: "Wendell Phillips s&ld. 'take poetry, painting, eculpture, architecture, the drama and almost everything In works any form that relate to beauty tbe modern world gllda It with admiration.' love of art and all things beautiful an Indication of the perfect development development of a people. 'Love of luxury alone.' aid Gladstone, ta not and never can 'be progtess: It la only one-aided one-aided one-aided development, which ia only oge aide of deformity.' Tbe leasona learned ia thia Institution; education which it brings to as of IndlanapolU to-day, to-day, to-day, and which 'it ahaU continue to bring; to those who follow, la an Indication of that many aided and romplrts development which the great Englishman declared to be ao essential 'X)ne of the deflnltlona of the word 'art' la the combination or modification modification of things to adapt the bo to a given tbe - emplbjiment of given meana irct a purpose.- purpose.- i recorntie that definition ia not under ordinary circumstances, the best aad most ap proprlats which could be used in eon nectlon with the object and purpose this institution; nut who can deny thla Idea might not have found odjrment .la the mind of John Herron. that w to-day to-day to-day owe thla magnifi inatltution. dedicated a It Is through your Ideal to th higher d unation of our people, to thla plain a determination that nia wealth after hla death ahould continue to b for a definite, practical purnoa. that th thourht of patronising aa the term la moat commonly uaed. not entered inte ma caiculatlona. Knave John Herron. "I know John Herron aa a nan and citlxen. The aesthetic apparently bad little attraction for him. Plain. matter-of-fact. matter-of-fact. matter-of-fact. matter-of-fact. matter-of-fact. Indeed, waa hla charac but whatever hla motive In making poaalble, aa he did. th rounding; of achool or th beautiful whatever motive may have been to hi act owe thla most Important addition the higher educational institutions Indianapolis. "I am cmpeiid in rranknea to con that the artiatlc aide of nr edu cation baa been somewhat neglected. I arullty to a higher appreciation keener njoymnt of ragtime than opera, l can grow more eloquent aad derive more pleasure from neat, workman-like workman-like workman-like job of the printer' a art than 1 can from th flaming Incarnadine productiona of the highly praised dt eel plea of the achool of Impresaiealats: but because thus write myself a barbarian I do refuse to give recognition to the importance of this school te the people our city, nor to bring to tbe good and women who have ao ably snared the sacred trust created by beaedceac of John Herron the as-su as-su ranee a that their unselfish -labor, -labor, whose fruitioi to-day to-day to-day becomes apparent, are appreciated at their full worth, only by their feilow-citisena feilow-citisena feilow-citisena of In-dlanapolla. In-dlanapolla. In-dlanapolla. but by the people of the at, to jrhofn tht InaUta'iOn shall be qul benefit." JOHN HERRON'9 SELF-DENIAL" SELF-DENIAL" SELF-DENIAL" FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD Charlea W. Moore Point to Thla aa th Grat?5wiflene of th Art Institute Charles W. Moore, achool commieeJ oner, said: To-day To-day To-day w honor tb memory of one denied himself that we might be enriched. As we acknowledge tb debt we that praise would have added little John Herron' sum of happineas. and If bis gift ta to be justified to tbe of men. our obligation ia what be hia to be. to make lite in this community community more worth while. We can not measure tbe dlreVt benefit of what be did. ia of tta indirect value that I would of the stimulus It Imparts to those ar awakening to tbe need of th the educative value of a great- great- public benevolence. ' "Those who recall the quaint, old-fashioned old-fashioned old-fashioned figure of Jona Herron as he, drove our streets are reminded that they wont to critic txe one who was unwilling- unwilling- unwilling- to spend upon himself tN wealth be believed he held in trust for other. I recall a talk, some year ago with on tbe moat liberal of our pubhc bene-factors, bene-factors, bene-factors, when be spoke with ba clar-act clar-act eristic v gor of those who had d:sabed themselves from belpinr other by spending all tbey bad on dress and travel. Of extraordiary gifts be had made to ed-acatioa ed-acatioa ed-acatioa and religion be bad not a word say. f course, but bis apology (or hi wa frugal bf was that tt had not been vain if it bad taught tbe people of Indianapolis Indianapolis that by ample Irving one could enabled to repay a part of tbe iafialt on owe to society and to Cod. The Need of Self-DeniaL Self-DeniaL Self-DeniaL "Tbe deerfre to serve tbe community tn great way i no rare thine But amona; ns U tbere axe too many whose generous Impulses are never gratified because ttrey have fa tied Ho learn that It self denial to mak retl bene vol cere possible. It call tor heroism to give to tb best of was t we bare aad of we ar. Tb beroe of tba spectacular sort-ar sort-ar sort-ar lee rare than those beroe who bare-turned bare-turned bare-turned steadfastly a way. the comfort f lit to order thus to ANOTHER ENGINEER GIVES REASONS FOR FAITH IN CITIZENS' GAS CO. . . -- -- NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS. Paol H Whita . Edgar W. Shirley. Daovilie. lad.. Lvdia O. Brown . Mary O. Andrews ...... - (regoeet not to publish name), Oakland City i Wallace J. Hortoa '. - C F. Frrnn. aent - - - (request not to" publish name), additional TTnlon Trust Company, trustee ...... ...... j, & li.rreii ..............-...-.....""- ..............-...-.....""- ..............-...-.....""- ..............-...-.....""- ..............-...-.....""- ..............-...-.....""- C Knox ....-.. ....-.. ....-.. .. ... ... . Paul H. White, wboee sabseriptioa ap- ap- pear la the above list.' la a mechanical and electrical J careful consideration to tba physical and practical problems Involved In th estab- estab- Ll Sjf IndlanapeUa. In tnakins; hi subacriptloa. Mr. White said: t does not .ranulr anv technical v3J? J?L!2? ,v-i. ,v-i. ,v-i. --a- --a- --a- --a- "- "- ering- ering- gas. Everybody in tbia community has bad that demonstrated to hi own sat- sat- Ufactlon. and it I being demonstrated to many other dtiea. Natural gas. taken from tbe weua. and pumped at great ex- ex- pens from pumpln ataUcma. waa delfv- delfv- red to Indiinapoliirat a large profit for fifteen year at rate not exoeedmg l cenU a LO eublo feet If it had coat mere than that rate a thousand to deliver It, th ootnpaay would have been to bank- bank- ruptcy at a very early period, but Instead of that the records show that-the that-the that-the Con- Con- Burners Gas Trust Company made euffi- euffi- dent profits la th delivery of its gas to pT off a bona lasue or i.uo.wjq and atoc. lesu of JST6.OU0. while at the same tiro It was investing from Its profit hundreds of thousands of dollars In tba pip system In tbe field and in the city. "It la therefor evident to every on. as K ta ta any of ua who have any special knowledge oa thla subject, that the claim mad by th gaa people to th heavy expense of delivering gas Is all moonshine. The videnc Is also abundant that In th aale of th by- by- DTodocts from gas. consisting of coke. tar and ammonia, that the cost ef mak- mak- tng gaa to many cases . I covered, or nearly ao. varying with th coat of coaL to. . Mm.... higher price for gas-makln gas-makln gas-makln coal than some otW ciUes, and therefore gaa In the bolder to Indianapolis costs some thing above the return from tn by aboSanr " a tnousanu. , Could Afford to Let Oaa Escape. "I well remember a conversation I had with th owner of a gaa plant la on of the largest clti In th country, who told m. that h. revive .eK eatorna --- --- --- m his by-products by-products by-products that he could af- af- ford to put tt gaa Into th bolder and let it eaearwi itn. k. .i. . .iv. let It escape Into the air from a valve on th other aide of the holder and etill be ahead of th rame The fsct Is that nenrlv sll th. neany an th ra properties In the L-nueu L-nueu L-nueu Biaie are used for specuiauv purpose. Tbe stock aad bond Issue are make more lavish tbelr gifts to the community community of which tbey are a part It has taken many year for our people' to come to any general recognition of tb plain duty that every man owes, to rontribuie of his means and. yet more, of his thought ana or nis service toward bettering tbe condltlona under .which hla fellows live. The public benevolences of tufh men as Herron. Tomllnson. Gregg and McCoy McCoy have promoted tbe cause of popular education In countless ways, giving to our educational life and to our social life opportunities for uplift that we could have ui spared. These men gave nobly to the caune of education, and. what is greater still, inspired other to render puoiic service whoa value we can not itimate tn money. "The a-ift a-ift a-ift of John Herron la a rift tn education, th education of poor - and rich, of old and young. In America the 'cry of the children' (alia on ears that hear and heed. The universal wish la that the children shall have the best there la The wav to the true, tha beautiful. and the good muat be mad plain be- be- rore mem. ir our great national prosperity prosperity la not to prove a source of danger, an ever-Increasing ever-Increasing ever-Increasing ehnre of our growing wealth must be devoted to extending the education of the people. The day In at hsnd when the money never consciously withheld from the cause of education must oa bestowed with rar greater liberality. liberality. We are facing with courare the problem of pauperism and crime, and we ar daily narrowing th r-aim r-aim r-aim over which poverty holda Its away. But we have yet to try In adequate measure tha reforming and purifying power of uni versal education. Lack of Aid to Common School. I It not atrang that whll million ar given to college and to libraries to be enjoyed by the children of the well-to-do. well-to-do. well-to-do. well-to-do. well-to-do. the aupport of our common achool dependa almost wholly on th grudging nana or tn taxpayerr Million or endowment endowment ar needed for the training of ina emiarvn ana xue sireuginenmg oi me democracy. "In honoring on who sacrificed himself that pop alar education might be. enriched, wa need not criticise those whose wealth. acquired by sacrificing others, ia yet the meana or educating inousanns or deserving deserving men and women. John Herron took from himself alone, and by this endowment, endowment, be widened the avenue of opportunity opportunity for all who would learn more of the beautiful In nature and in art. It la for ua who are sharers hi that bounty to-day to-day to-day to justify the rift by making the way of "learning daily broader for our f el Iowa Th children of Indianapolis need closer contact with the beautiful, snd stil more they heed conditions of life thst will make it impossible for their sensibilities to become dulled to all that beauty Ineplrea Althourh nine-tenths nine-tenths nine-tenths of our children never enjoy event a high-school high-school high-school education, there extends to the very beginner In the primary arradea a distinct and evident benefit when the high schools snd colleges are made bet ter. The training of the leader Is a bene fit to all tbe rest. The presence In a city of a great Institution for higher education education or for special training; influences svery teacher and every child In all the school in th community. Art Training. Tf. pride I ever Justified, we should b proud here' to Indiana poll a that to our common schools the children have the best art training that tbe public receives In any city in America. The presence of thla institute means Inspiration lanril stll! beter thlnrs in ths public schools. Hut more than thia In as. educative way. 1 it meana inspiration and stimulus toward a sptrit of civic loyalty, that aha 1 compel compel oar cltlsena to rive up more anid mora of their thought and etrengtb and wealth. to tne ena tnat education in all thlnrs beautiful may be broadened, and that aa our city grows in numbfra it may develop still more la public spirit the spirit of which the John Herron Institute reminds ua to-day. to-day. to-day. SSSMSBMSSBBBBBBaSBMBSBMSBBMSBSBMSBBSMSBBBBBSS8Bt MRS. SEWALL ON THE ART ASSOCIATION'S HISTORY Incident Recalled Regarding a Call on Governor Mount On Sunday to Engage a Veto. Mrs. May Wright SewaU. In recalling tb history of th Art Association, spoke ia considerable detail, especially of the various changes of plans that led up to the building about to be erected. In clos ing she sall. In part: ; 'While as a whole ovsr record Is one of gain, we have experienced our losses: a heavy on ram to 'the death of Dr. Nathaniel Alden Hyde, which occurred In 1XL Mr. Hyde bad been a member of the association from ha beginning and had served almost continuously either a president or vice-president, vice-president, vice-president, during th whol period of nearly eighteen year. -"Of -"Of the present signers of the original articles of the association as adopted October 12, 1SSS. only two remain in active membership: Mra. Mary L. Bybee. who for a long time gave valuable service on the board of directors, and myself. Of the thirty -nine -nine signers of th articles as revised April 1. ii five are member of tbe "present board of directors, directors, vis: Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Hedges. Mra Adam. Mra. Blackledg sod Mr. SewaU "In very recent years, beside through tb death of Dr. Hyde, the association has experienced other losses In the death Of two other of tta directors. Mr C. EL UoDeBbeck and Mr. Anna M. Cburch- Cburch- A Sunday Call on Governor Mount! "Oaa expect history to be duIL Its page ar neither moistened by tear TO CCXK A COLO EX O B PAT Taks LAXATTTK BKOatO- BKOatO- Qalatas Tablets. Drsygts refuad saoaey it it fails te cva K. W. GKOTK 8 slcaatar to oa each box. J6. e aMlt.H. -500 -500 mn.... m eewee &6 , ! MIM( anv0Q eaasaseatsese e Si 50 aavv m a a o .s eaeaeaessse. I, w - ....... ..w r ro a e iOa) tncreased from Um to time, the creasing; profits being absorbed by tne KtKrS hxs tn b Qie the company can' alwava f irnljb th proof that in order to pay its ft C7aadend-"ooc C7aadend-"ooc C7aadend-"ooc lhr prevlUng price for ga must be tnaratalaed. "I bar no doubt whatever that If tbe CitixenV Oa. Company can acquire the C nnsumers Uas Trust company mains at their l.g'tlmate value, and iu-p iu-p iu-p a plant at rock bottom prices, starting out wuh lJtt&hJt $ Mrnda a( a m-oeat m-oeat m-oeat rxtN but will ba able gradually to reduea tba price. ji couraa. i,ioo fti tM; wFVhe might, and probably would. kbtlmbm8 surplus above M per cenh'TT, L ous sucn eaieoaioo. wowu , the plant, and when completed te rorn- rorn- Pany ahould then reduc th price of below 09 cent, rwiHa ne rialm.. Dividend a FlfOt Claim. Th franchise makee .the M per cent. ojvidenda practically th first, claim. The ' , ,,. city can only compel extensions to tn amount of 10.000 feet a year. A the extensions would not reoulr mora than " " ' . . v" ..... ... ,. a year, th tockIioldra ar thoa protected to th payment of their divl- divl- There Is no experiment to this . ,, "V . ' ' " T wiin .t" A - V -7, -7, T T na. i nrr , wn,Vm.wV r mfZaZ than centa a LCM feet and n "7 nd fJl? i!f Tn- Tn- returned to th munlclpaiiuea on tn r?1 business. v .K.,ta nM w. J.1 T,"0? .wJhy.,W"-!hP.u!?.n,?.tl! .wJhy.,W"-!hP.u!?.n,?.tl! .wJhy.,W"-!hP.u!?.n,?.tl! akla tn handle the business in Indiana' polls as well aa they do In England aa aa they are doing In several American "tlea That th prices bJgher to moei . , j .... . k. this whole gas business Is syndicated and controlled from Philadelphia and New Tork for colossal speculation. Indianapolis has a cnanc to mare a demonstration to the whole country that Tt credit n th y. Whll it la at th same um maxing a prpmaote investment for the stockholder. - Share t each, payable in nv mommy Prmenta. Dividend 10 per cent, per an- an- ' MV,Ku aemUannuallv. Stock non- non- taxable and non-assessable. non-assessable. non-assessable. ' ' for subscription blank, prospectus nd further Information addres ra subscrip- subscrip- .v Th. News, or Citlxen' . Oa Company. Commercial Club Building, m dianapoUa. - - mnminatMi far humor. There have however, been humorous passages In -our -our experience a member of thl aaaocla. "W hava had our dramatic episode, at nn. session of the Legislature a bill threatening our bequest bad. under the moat innocent tiue. passea to is n reading. Not until Saturday waa thla known. Th Legislature bad adjourned for a half holiday. Governor Mount waa the executor of th Stat at that tlm: The only reaourcea that th board ni rilreetnra had was to seCUT th OOT emors veto of the MIL The president of tbe board, after conferring with some of her aasoclate. decided that tb emergency emergency demanded that a meeting1 should he convened on Sunday afternoon. . Mr. UMI, iluinrK fMlin. It (neonalatant for rhlm to attend, approved it. Arrange ments wpr mad for presenunr in rant ter properly before the Governor, and Monday morning we knew that should the bill rtass on its third readlnar It would be vetoed. -In -In going over the records of our association many numorou eitua tlona. and dlecuseiona that would, Illum inate the pases of the most brilliant vol uraea of unconscious wit, have been re called. "I have thought with tender regard of those lovers or the beauurui. airs, uraa-sliaw. uraa-sliaw. uraa-sliaw. Mrs. Porter; Mrs. Pratt and Mrs. C. E Talbot, whoa presence lent a pe culiar grace to our early assemblies. assemblies. I hav recalled with a quickened heart our co-laborer, co-laborer, co-laborer, and benefactors, Mr. Talbot, Mr. Irwin. Mr. Holienbeck and Mr. Church man I name only those who have allpped beyond our recall to acuv duty nere, In looking over llata of members I have lingered on the names of thoa who from time to time nave rendered active service: service: loaning their home for exhibits. general meeting and committee confer, ences; soliciting aubaorlptlona for. th purchase of pictures; selling tickets for lectures; serving reiresnmems to eae out the scanty return of exhibits, ana doing. Indeed, whatever their Ingenious mind could devise to forward tb interest of art in thia community. "oomcof these, when th bequest was secured, des'sted from their labors, thinking thinking It no longer necessary to make auch sacrifice for an object that they felt assured. assured. To-day To-day To-day I cherish the h-pe h-pe h-pe tat all auch lapsed members will now return to their places In this association. W th" th opening of the first exhibit tn the Herron Art Institute, which Is. I believe, set for May. 1. may we see them returning to an association- association- which now, cherishing them among its memories, wishes to re-gurd re-gurd re-gurd them as again parts of its 'living present.' " AN APPRECIATION OF JOHN HERRON'S CHARACTER Mrs. Edward F. Hodge Recalla Hla Plain Life and Quiet Purpo " Never Revealed Till Death. Mr. Edward F. Hodges, to "An Ap preciation of John Herron." spoke In part as follows: "Very few persons now living can sup ply the facts bearing upon the antecedents antecedents and early life of John Herron. It Is fortunate, however, that whatever la Important for the purpose of thl sketch ta accessible through th kindness of his long-time long-time long-time friend and executor, Ambrose P. Btanton, and of his devoted and on- on- selfish relative. Anna E. TurrvlL "John ' Herron was the son -of -of Oeonr and Nancy Herron, and wa bora at Carlton, in Craven. England, on March 29. 137. England could have been but a name to him. however, for hi parent cam to America a few month after hi birth, and settled near tho village af Ox-, Ox-, Ox-, ford. Chester county. Pa., where we hear, of him as working a part of tba time, as a boy. In a cotton factory and on his father a farm, meanwhile ' getting such limited instruction aa tb villag achool afforded. "Here waa tbe home of the family for thirty years. Later hia father moved to Cincinnati, but only to live there for a few months, after which the family aet-tled aet-tled aet-tled at Mt Carmel. Ind.. which was to be their home for the rest of their Uvea "They were a united and, loving household, household, comprising tas fatter, mother aad five chiHren John. George. Ann. Jane and William most industriously leading frugal, honest snd respected lives. It is noteworthy that the family eeamed one destined to extinction, for of tbe five children sil died chilJlese or unmarried, tie parents dying within a few months of each other, following bene two of their chiHren. John Herron married Miss Electa D. Turret!, who died in 1sl: childless, and no children were born of the marriage of hla brother Geonre. ' It la cot strange I that Mr. Herron should decide that thai home at Mt Carmel Carmel could no longer be th abiding place ef the poor remnant of the household and that what remained of life for htm. his wife and bis sister should be passed elsewhere, elsewhere, that among nyjb aurroundjnga and new pursuits he csustTorget the toll and the bereaveoent associated with tbe old home. A Man of Wealth. "There was now very little seed that John Herron ahould do more than care for the prudent Investment of hi property property and to supervise and manage matters matters pertaining to this, for ty taheritanc and by stejuisltion be wa become a man of fortune and affair tn 'rather a large-way. large-way. large-way. His father tad been both competent and wise and had so cared for Ma property property as to beicath to his surviving children, children, .at his death, a considerable fortune, which finally centered 1 th sole survivor. survivor. John Herron. "He . chose Indianapolis for bis reei-deno reei-deno reei-deno and brought his wife and sister here to tb year 1383, where they made their home until, one after another, they paaaed away, first th sister and then th, wife, leaving him. so tar a direct blood relation ia concerned, with no one nearer to h'Tii than some oouaina la remote .decree. -Mr. -Mr. Herron found, however. In the person person of bis wife"s rieee, devoted friend, who proved herself. In ber affection and aneeinshnsaa. all that a daughter could ever be. "She it was who dragyd her nncle from tbe Came when be was tba victim of a dreadful accident at great risk to herself herself and. cared for him during th few remainin- remainin- hours of hi Ufa. Tht tragedy occurred April XX ISaa. away from 'home and arooaar strangers ' at Los Anareles. where Mr. Herron had gott for th benefit benefit of hi health. John Herron lie buried near the scene cf bis most active life work, near tbe graves of hia owa people wtthia eta-ht eta-ht eta-ht of the fine homestead by bis father and of the beautiful and dignified approach afforded by the aren't of evergreens which stands on either snd of the broad driveway.. Bequest Cam aa a Surprise. The bequest of John Herron came aa a surprise to tha Art Association at a tla when Its affairs looked blackest and when tho struttgl to continue th work begun more than ten rears before seemed almost usalee to tho who bad worked to lmpraa upon th community a real-laatioa real-laatioa real-laatioa of tb beauty and value of art Thia great and 'unexpected gift cam from John Herron. a man of absolutely stmpt tastes, content even to perform for himself th humble office ef hi daily Ufa. yet treasuring- treasuring- wtthia bis nature nature an appreciation of the beautiful which tb opportunities of his b fa had never developed. "It waa In tare degree a feeling- feeling- of What be ought to ' hav had and enjoyed, enjoyed, not, perhaps, quit realising' what thl some I King Nraa. bat determined that others at least should hav and enjoy th opportunities which bad been, denied him which led to hi gift. "Nothing- "Nothing- la th bequest, betoken tb wish to glorify himself : ' further. It Is a bequest unhampered by thoa condltlona condltlona which so often defeat th purpose purpose of th donor.' "John Herron sppears but once to hi wjli to have directed that hi own bo-longings bo-longings bo-longings should hava any place la th publi eye, and. here there la expressed the pathetic wis that certain family portraits and minor heirlooms should be disposed In th tnDMura h was to found. "There Was nothing stimulating In hi Immediate ancestry or In th circumstances circumstances of his early-life early-life early-life which would iustlfy tb anticipation that he would md In art th motive for a great act of philanthropy. On would rather look for him to address bis gift to utility or to charity, for blaf childhood and youth were spent In the performance Of duties which rather chill . than encourage th sntatio toil of an xhautlng and monotonous monotonous form. It Is true that persons of . a cer tain temperament may find In- In- contact with nature bidden beauties and a atimu-lus atimu-lus atimu-lus to tha Imagination that at last may crystallise Into a very vivid perception, of th artiatlc and th wish to spread abroad the arurnel ef hesutv "He seems to hav been hnpreaeed with th fact that It waa necessary for humanity humanity to get away from th absorbing business of life, to yield for a little while 10 th Influences of nature and art. Tht Is shown In th Utter part of his life b. hia visits to the exhibitions of the Ar Association, at which times b was doubt less Impressed with the inadequacy and oisadvantare under wmcn tne associa tlon labored. , ' . - A Caution Analntt Haaiv JudsmcnL "Certain general truth fin 4 verification In th life of John Herron. ' W should none of ua be too ready to accept our own hurried estimate of mankind. There may dwell within the heart purposes, ambi tlona. even a generous altruism which. though th atrcnuoua Ufa forced upon him. th man may never reveal. In the present In stance, peeullarltiea of character, character, necessities of business, diffidence of himself kept hidden through hi long lire a nature containing a wis ana gen erous purpose. "John Herron must bar foreseen that aside from tha pleasant and uplifting In fluence of art. th tun baa com In the trades and manufactures when, to suc cessfully com pete with tba produots of tbe older nations, to whom art la as es sential, as material, our manufacturers must cultivate and display In their prod ucta no Inconsiderable, purely artlstlo discrimination. discrimination. And. Indeed, this very thought wss In the mind of the subject of thla address, aa Is aeen from hla Insist. enc that a school of art should b estab lished in connection with bis beaueet. "Nowhere does it appear that overset f- f- appreclatlon Influenced th generoua be quests of Mr. Herron. It would rave been very easy for hint during hia lifetime lifetime to bsv anticipated aa it were to hav dlacounted th' effect of hla bequest by a forecast of hi purpo, but DO sign escaped -mm. -mm. r,ve ar struck, too. by th clear sighted and practical wisdom which characterize th manner of hi gift. To giv effect to hi gift as a mean of gen eral ana wioeepreaa nseruineas. h thought that It ahould ba can tar ad not ditruaea. Aa a eummary we mar aar that John Herron waa a plain, unassuming man. una to ail witn whom he . cam in Contact, charitable to the neatv ana unfortunate, inauatnou and thrifty. strictly nonest ana jusr in all nis deal Inge, a man who paid a he went, who wanted What wa hi due. a- a- thnrourhlv truthful man with a aunny nature and a aeen sense oi numor. He hath don What h could tt re mains for other to carry on tha work. "II died April 30. 11. at tha in nr seveniy-eignt seveniy-eignt seveniy-eignt year ana nis renow-citlsene renow-citlsene renow-citlsene or Indianapolis and or the Stat ahould cherish hla memory a that of a worthy man who did hia duty to humanity, as It was given him to' see it TSucn a man wa John Herron. whose life wa one of usefulness, exemplary. moral, atngle-mlnded; atngle-mlnded; atngle-mlnded; whose beneficence we gather to-day to-day to-day to e embodied In Immortal atone." . WORK OF NOW THE IMPORTANT THING SAYS T. C STEELE He Seta Out tha Immediat Purpose of th Art Instltu Touch j witn Lit. T. C. Steele, th ertlet, aald: 'it Is a great thing to start cltvand to -start -start a State along the lines of serious serious rt In our modern day. Art Is touching Hf at many points, Indus, trial! v. aesthetically and a our Interpreter Interpreter of life and nature. It need I tr .wing greater every day. It is our belief, that tb John Herron Art Institute Institute Is to be no InconspiruotrS factor la nrt's development In this city and State. John Herron is ths silent partner Who has given the capital to at last start this beneficent enterprise. Th public Is' the other partner,. and the Art Association Association trustee for both. A generous recognitloi and response upon tb part of th public, eserg-y eserg-y eserg-y snd wisdom spon he part of tho assocTMton. are tho es-ential es-ential es-ential factors la tho Institute's success. success. A we believe In thl nterprls, we believe these factors can not faiL "It la not my intention ta apeaking of be future of th Institute to draw any cue -colored -colored vision of what It may be come In the distant farure. That Institu tion that serves Its oay and -generation -generation best ta not likely to fall la growth and perpetuity. Ho it is my Intention to peak of things w bop to do and ar planning to do now. Center of Stat 'a Art Activities. -Tn -Tn a mml wav It la Mr Intention tn make the institute th center of tho art intereata and activltUe of tb city and'! State. To do thl w shall work ta throe direction. In th first plac we shall ex-peo ex-peo ex-peo to take car of current exhibi tlona. W shall secure and present to properly lighted galleries th beat of contemporary art. These exhibition wiH be oosstaatiy chsngtng and will be not only a source of enjoyment but a school for tbe people. The appreciation of tb best to art come only from eeing the best. Art criticism and lectures to art have their place. Tbey give Information aad awaken Interest, but the message of a work of art, that which is vital and give It Its quality, comes only from tbe work Itself. So if Is not too much to claim that these constantly recurring exhibitions wiH become jtb art school of th people. "Tb ecoad direction I which we expect expect to work la to' building- building- up a permanent permanent collection of high character. This we will 4 by purchase and by gifts. Wo Alrty hav mad a fair conuoencement to this direction. Some of our recent pur chases, especially, would honor tb wall of any museum to our land. Breadth of th Art SchooL :' .la the third pla we expect to develop develop and etrengtb en the art ehool now started. A this is' on ef tb snoot im portant f our' totentions. It I also on of th snoot difficult to carry into execu tion, for It t th desire or tb manag-ment manag-ment manag-ment to Include not only the education of tb draftsman, tb painter and scalp- scalp- th to to to of of th tha the and of two tht art and services so and but associations la n-de-ivor n-de-ivor "I a ' pot with It sot "I boat no grow waa to eohe to son-ia-tsw was aot had and now ar have bee by

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  2. 25 Nov 1905, Sat,
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