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look where you would the building charmed the eye.    Visitors,
though in no great number, mostly country folk all about.
The Sculpture first attracts attention.    Italian works, in white
marble.     A nude Italian girl, dormant sensuality the prevailing
sentiment, figure too life-like to be of the higher order of art.
�Eve after the Fall,� (Austrian), I think, exquisite.  A sweet
sorrowful startled face, and delicious figure, hair rich and clus-
tering falling down the fair smooth back.       Serpent attacking
and attacked, by lions, � don�t think much of �t.      But turn
to Kiss�s �Amazon� in bronze.           Oh the divine beauty of tht
wrought conception.    That brave, beautiful face, with
wild hair flowing back from the Phrygian cap surmounting it,
that noble, womanly, and yet heroic figure, so perfect in its
development and fulness; the startled and agonized
horse,  and the savage beast assailing him!          In all the casts,
statuettes and pictures I have seen, the impression conveyed is that
the Amazon will be overpowered, and the sentiment of pain 
is left with you.       But not so with the real work.   You
know that the tiger will fall death-stricken through eyeball
and brain, and have no fear for that glorious, indignant
by but assured heroine.        This work is the finest in the
building, and you leave thinking so.       Honor to Sculptor Kiss.
He has another exquisite figure in white marble.    A re-
cumbent sylph, lying half backwards, with such a sweet
pure face, and deliciously curved mouth you wonder whether
he didn�t kiss it on completion.     /        There�s a little Italian
girl threading a needle, toes turned in and eyes intent, so               
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