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Logansport Weekly Journal (Newspaper) - September 29, 1883, Logansport, Indiana
The weekly journal. Vol. 35.Logansport, Indiana saturday september 29, 1883.�?12 pages. No. 42. European correspondence. Venice of to Day. F years ago when a boy i can still remember two desires that often came up in my mind the fulfilment of which i then fancied would be to me the cause of a up eat Deal of pleasure. One of these was that this Earth of ours might be struck by the Tail of a passing Comet just for the effect it might produce and the other that at some Day i might float Over the highways and byways of Venice upon a Gondola a name to me that had in those Days a peculiarly musical and pleasing sound. How far off did the Hope of seeing Venice then seem to me and it was yesterday while gliding Over the Waters of the grand canal past strange looking domed churches or by grand residences that once belonged to doge or Prince or Noble shooting into Side streets of running water under numberless Little Bridges that would make you Duck your head for fear of fracturing your Skull that this thought of the Long ago again come into my mind. Venice is a City of never ending wonders and the Charm of it All is that each Marvel to be seen Here is totally unlike anything to be seen in Western Europe. When the traveler leaves the italian coast and after his trip Over the sea sits himself Down in this City he leaves behind him As it were one style of life and enters into another of a totally different Type. The transformation is so sudden that at times he might even doubt but that he had been suddenly translated to some Asiatic City. The language that he hears is a soft pleasing dialect distinct from the romanic which he hears everywhere on the italian Peninsula. The people Are a handsome people with dark eyes and hair and often a fair skin. Architecture maintains its peculiarities in both Public and private buildings that of the churches is byzantine a style that i am perfectly captivated with the design is not so lofty As the gothic while it Aims at a greater amount of external ornamentation usually in the shape of double rows of columns one above the other in the facade of the buildings. The general effect is very Fine and never wearied the Eye. The roofs of the churches and other Public buildings Are always surmounted by three or More dome of an Eastern style with frequent minarets and pieces of statuary. The whole is peculiarly Asiatic in tone and refers to those palmy Days of byzantine architecture where Constantino pie before the Advent of the followers of Mohamet held Sway Over Western Asia and Eastern Europe in All matters of science and of Art. The Reader will then under it tand from what has been said that Venice is totally unlike any other City of Middle or Western Europe and in the appointments of its private buildings resembles in Many respects Smyrna or Aleppo or any other City of the far East. We can readily give As a reason for this the close commercial relations that Venice held with t be East when the rest of Europe was still struggling with the ignorance and superstition of the dark Ages. It was late in the evening when we reached Venice and i shall never forget the impression i received As for the first time i saw this City raise from out the bosom of the sea before me As i approached it with its glittering Sheen upon the Waters. The first morning after our arrival we visited the Piazza and the Church of Saint Mark. The Way thither was Little wider than a passage Way Between houses which were Many stories High and it was like emerging from the gloom of a dark room into the blazing Light of Day As we entered upon the Piazza it was Quitt dazzling. The Piazza is nearly As wide As one of our squares in loft report and about twice As Long and is paved truth a species of Marble. It is enclosed on three sides by imposing structures which at one tim3 formed one vast Palace for the Council of ten. Facing a part of the fourth Side is the Church of Saint Mark with its magnificent and lofty Campanile and then for a Little Way beside the Church is a vacant space where the Eye is free to wander far Over Blue Waves of the Adriatic sea. The Piazza then you will observe is a very Geo in space surrounded by building of the most imposing architecture and is used by the people As a promenade in the evening. A Large band plays Here nearly every night till ten o clock and no More attractive sight can be imagined than the View of eight or ten thousand gaily dressed men and women As they move up and Down this beautifully lighted promenade. We witnessed this scene last evening and the whole spectacle so unlike anything of the kind we had Ever seen before the handsome ladies the Stiring music the glittering lamps All together seemed More like some Beautiful scene of the imagination than anything real and life like and added to All this an occasional Flash of lightning from a storm Cloud out at sea gave the whole an air of weirdness truly charming. After an inspection of the buildings of the Square including the Campanile which is nearly 350 feet High and which towers heavenward like some obelisk watching Over the welfare of the tutelary Saint of Venice we entered the Church of Saint Mark where All that is mortal of the great evangelist now lies buried. There can be but Little doubt of this fact As the records of the removal of Saint Mark from Alex Andria by the venetians in a. D. 828, Are perfectly Clear and authentic. This Church is unique amongst All the churches of Europe from the fact that every Stone of which it is composed every Marble pillar that helps to decorate either its Interior or exterior every piece of sculpture that it contains All have been carried hundreds and in some cases thousands of Miles from different localities in the far East. After the destruction of the first Church by fire and about the time of the erection of the present building the Republic of Venice was in the height of her Power and importance and we know that in those Days of her Prosperity she never hesitated to Lay under contribution any City or any country that happened to contain objects that she coveted. Under these circumstances the present Church was commenced about a. D. 965,and in the twelfth Century or about a. D. 1126 was remodeler in a byzantine style and decorated with the lavish Oriental magnificence which now excites our admiration and wonder. The edifice is built in the form of a greek Cross surmounted by a byzantine dome in the Center and one at the extremity of each Arm five in All. Numerous minarets Spring up Here and there which with statuary on the roof and the towering Campanile give the Church a decidedly Asiatic appearance. Quite a noticeable feature As the visitor approaches St. Mark is the four horses in gilded Bronze Over the main Entrance. They were made in the time of Nero and Are very Fine. At one time they were used to adorn the triumphal Arch of the emperor Nero and afterwards that of Trajan but venetian acquisitiveness would not allow them to remain in this place of rest but must carry them Here to adorn their Church of Saint Mark. It is in the approach to the building also that the mosaics in the Arches at the entrances Are Best seen. That Over the principal Entrance is a representation of the last judgement. On the right is the representation of the embarkation of the body of Saint Mark at Alexandria and on the left is its disembarkation at Venice and near it the veneration of the Saint. These mosaics Are superbly Lovely and to one who loves a Fine picture they can never become tiresome. Inside the Church the whole vaulting consists entirely of mosaic work. I wish i were Able and had the time to describe the wonderful Beauty of the work Here to be seen. The breast swells and the heart throbs As the Eye takes in the pathos of the stories of the life sufferings and death of our Saviour of the history of Abraham of Joseph s dream of Joseph sold by his Brothers and of Jacobs lament. These mosaics and others in the Church Caver an area of 45,700 Square feet and the adornment of the Interior is further increased by gilding work in Bronze and Marble and a great variety of other things. Near the High altar Are two pulpits one on the right and the other on the left each of which is supported by seven pillars taken from Palmyra and the Wood work from the Cedars of Lebanon. They show the Marks of age and usage. From these pulpits Peter the Hermit preached the crusade with such vigor and eloquence that finally Many hundreds were induced to go from thi to who afterwards perished either of Hun Ger after crossing into Asia or were Cut to pieces by the Saracens. There Are two Fine Bronze Candelaira in the left transept dating Back to a. D. 1420, and in the vaulting Over them some mosaic work repro Ren ing the ascension of our Saviour and the genealogy of the Virgin. These Are byzantine and Are very Fine. In the right transept is the entrant a to the Treasury where Many ancient relics Are to be seen among them May be mentioned first the cover of the Book of the evangelists re moved Here from the Church of St. Sophia at constantinople then a Crystal vase said to have contained some of the blood of our Saviour. A fragment of the pillar at which Carist was scourged. This was carefully removed Here from Jerusalem by the doge Dandola in a. D. 1205, and is an object of reverence to Many who come Here. The High altar supported by four Marble columns taken from Ephesus stands beneath a canopy of verde Antico. Its altar piece is very Beautiful and is composed of enamelled work with jewels wrought on a plate of Gold. We now were admitted to a second altar immediately behind the High altar which stands upon four spiral columns of Alabaster. The radiance of a lighted Candle is Well seen through any of these pillars though they Are fully a foot in diameter. They were brought Here from the Temple at Jerusalem and their removal is Well authenticated. Ascending to this altar Are six Marble Steps which were also removed from the Temple and close at hand in the Wall is the Marble slab upon which it is said John the Baptist was beheaded. In weighing the evidence As to the authenticity of All these relics one must remember after he has sifted and duly considered All the local evidence As connected with each that these several objects were collected at a time when the attention of All Christian people was especially directed towards the holy City Jerusalem and when on account of the preaching of the crusades religious Fervour was especially aroused. These facts coupled with the facility which Venice As the mistress of the commercial world possessed for the acquisition of such objects throws the weight of evidence on the Side of the Validity o these mementos of the religious past. This is the Way in which the traveler is usually inclined to regard this subject. The quiet and hush of a most perfect italian Day was about us As tired of sight seeing which is the hardest of All labors i seated myself upon these Steps for a Little rest everything was still except perhaps the soft tread of some worshipper going to one of the Many altars to Pray. I thought doubtless once upon a time a Little Over eighteen Hundred years go the feet of the Saviour ascended these very Steps As he entered the Temple upon the business of his master. What a thought and upon these Steps the dreamer sits Here and his mind travels Down the Roadway of time and remembers that it has been said that a Hundred years Are but As one Day. If so then How Short a while ago since the Saviour trod upon these Steps it is not Well to dwell too Long on these thoughts. Let us away As St. Mark and the Many other churches of this City portray the attachments of the ancient venetians to their religion so does the Palace of the doges now stand prominently Forward As an exponent of the influence and Power of the Republic in both the mercantile and political Arena. This Palace was put to much the same use during the years of venetian Independence As is made of the Capitol at Washington or the House of parlement in London. The building is of great size and of imposing artist lecture and was founded in the year 800, but has several times been severely injured by fire. Of entering the building we ascended the Quot giants staircase Quot and rested for a few moments on the highest Steps for Here was place where the doges once were crowned and it was Here also that one of the most illustrious of their number was beheaded and his head allowed to Roll Down the Steps till it reached the feet of the multitude standing below. On entering the building the beholder is struck at once with the Fine effect of that Art of ornamentation which reached such perfection Here during the palmy Days of Venice. The Wood carvings and gilding on the ceilings of the different apartments is exquisite and the paintings on the Walls Are All by such masters As Titian Tintoretto Palma Geovani and Paul Vriones and such men. I must especially mention our visit to one of the largest rooms in the Palace called the Quot larger Council Here is contained the celebrated paintings from the Brush of Tintoretto called Quot Paradise Quot which is the most extensive in the world. Some of the faces Are exceedingly Fine but the composition is More especially noted for its great size containing As it did Foar Hundred portraits. The Noeilie or certain members of the nobility whose names were written in the Golden Book at one time held their meetings in this apartment and entertained All subjects relating to the welfare of the state. A strange Republic was this. Venice maintaining As it did ideas of the most advanced democratic form yet fettered with the most unyielding despotism. As the visitor passed Down this room he is especially struck with two of the Many paintings Here to be admired one is the meeting of the emperor Fredrick Borbo Rosa and Pope Alexander iii. It is noted for its excellent grouping and Fine colouring which is very Rich. The other Quot the Battle of Salvo re and capture of emperor Otho is a stirring military picture. These Are by Bassino and Paul Verones respectively. It is but a few Steps to the Senate chamber. Here is the Fine throne of the doge and on the Wall above it is the descent from the Cross Quot by Giacomo Tintoretto. This is a Sublime composition and must always have a Strong info sense upon those who see it and can properly appreciate it. While i was admiring the matchless Grace and Beauty of the picture two ladies approached and after studying the picture a few minutes one of them said to the other in a Low voice Quot i have a Chromo at Home As Fine As Quot horrid Quot i said to myself Quot Why is it that you come Here to look upon specimens of Art that you Are unable to understand Quot i turned to make some such remark to mrs. B. But found that she had claimed up into the throne of doge and while admiring some other picture was evidently making herself quite at Home there so i did not disturb her and the matter passed. Our guide pointed out to us the chamber of the three inquisitors and in one end of it we saw the lion s Mouth into which once were dropped Anonymous charges against any of the citizens. In those Days one never knew when his turn would come when he would have to show himself before the tribunal whose sentence was More often death than acquittal and this room in its sombre appearance is an excellent reminder of the dark history that is rdc Ordel associated with it. We now passed in rapid succession Many rooms that i would like to speak of but cannot for want of space. Over we went to the Bridge of sighs and it was Well named for Here it was that Many a poor unfortunate and often innocent Man cast his last look upon the Beautiful but heedless and cruel world before him from the gratings of the windows of the Bridge and then went Down the Steps to the Depths below there to meet the death awaiting him. Millions in the world know nothing of the frightful reality of this same Bridge of sighs. The Gondola is the delightful pass time of this City. Imagine every Street in Logansport a deep canal with lofty buildings one touching the other All along the Waters Edge. Imagine these streets As crooked As it is possible to make them with the Green sea water flowing through them in a ceaseless current then increase the size of Logansport Many times and dump it out in some Lake or sea and you have something like Venice. Some of these canals Are wide and some Are very narrow and All Are tortuous. You never see a horse or a dog or a Carriage in Venice they have no use for them. The Gondola is the vehicle of this strange place and to ride in it is nicer than any Carriage. When tired with everything else then a Gondola ride under the Shade of its awnings amidst the changing Panorama of churches palaces shipping and gliding gondolas is always full of pleasure. We found much to interest us at the Arsenal. There were once employed Here Over 16,000 men the number is less now. At the Entrance to the museum stands a huge lion at least ten feet High the work of some greek sculptor. It was brought from the Battle Field of Marathon and at one time was covered Over with inscriptions which Are now illegible. The Interior of the a Senel is filled with curiosities. There Are All styles of ancient Armor. I tried on the helmet of Atilla the Bun but found it too heavy. Some specimens of Armor Are from Egypt during the time of the pharaoh some from Judea during the time of Solomon and the Kings. The Bow and Arrow of this period was a formidable weapon. The arms of the medes and persians were Peculiar and those of the greeks and romans a remarkable for their finished work Manship. In a lower room is an enormous turkish Canon of one thousand pounds calibre taken from themore and outside is another Canon of a. D. 1525,used by the venetians on the fortifications that threw a Ball of 1175 pounds weight and alongside of it is a Mehal Sise of a. D. 1527 and several revolvers fire Here to be seen of about the same Date. From the Arsicel we directed our course towards the Academy of Fine arts passing the House once owned by lord Byron when he lived Here and then a Little further on passed the House of Antonia made famous by Snake Speare in his merchant of Venice. I wish i had time to describe the Academy More fully and do it the Justice it merits. A knowledge of the history of venetian painting will be sufi scent to inform the visitor beforehand of the Rich treat that is Here in store for him for the style of colouring of this school is especially Fine and its pictures Beautiful. The paintings filling the different apartments Are by the hands almost exclusively of venetian masters. The first room that we come to contained Titian s celebrated composition Quot the Assumption of the you could stand and gaze All Day upon that wonderful work. There is a Mellow atmosphere al it out the picture that envelopes the persons in something like an Aurora As it were. The heavenly Beauty of the Madonna Cli arms everyone. The beaming faces of the Angels and that look of infinite of the apostles chains the beholder at the feet of this Effort. As i said the Lover of painting is never tired of grazing Here. He May go away but before Long will return to look once More. Near by is a storm at sea by Gorgione which is so real so like nature that the Eye seems to witness the actual motion of the dark elements of the storm and he feels like going out to save the drowning Seaman. He comes to himself and relieves that it was not a reality but Only a picture. A Beautiful theme much pleasanter than the one before is Bonifacio s Quot adoration of the in the next room the presence of Quot the Medonna Quot by Paul Verones catches the Eye As soon As you enter. What an expression is in the countenance of both Mother and child. Then farther along is the Quot meeting of Pope Alexander the ii. And the doge by a Pupil of Paul Veronese and the parting audience of the ambassadors of the Pope and doge also by a Pupil of Veronese. In a Large Square room we came upon Quot the last judgment by Palma Giovane very Fine near it the Quot surrender of Zara to the crusades Quot by Bassano. Hitherto i have said nothing about the Art of sculpture in connection with Venice and yet Here under the direction of such masters As Canova. The Brigoni the Lom Bardi Alessandro Leopardo Aud Vittario. This Art was raised to As High a pitch of excellency As any where else in the world. The churches of Venice Are filled with the magnificent monuments of these men. And no visit will better repay one than to go to the Church of St. Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari and there see the Tomb of Canova by his own pupils and that of Titian also by the pupils of Canova. In the Church of St. Geovani de Paolo Many of the wealthiest families Are buried and often Large portions of their fortunes were spent to raise suitable altars to their memory so Fine specimens of the sculptors work May be seen Here. Among them i May speak of the mausoleum raised to the victorious doge Pietro mice no. It contains fifteen life size figures by the Lom Bordi. While looking upon this a Little miss who has a Fine affection for the Beautiful. Said Quot that while looking at anything so grandly Sublime As this Monument the effect upon her was always such As to cause her to sit Down and burst into i though she expressed it very Well. There is in the Church in addition to its wealth of sculpture a Fine altar piece by Beneto Calarino. Many come Here especially to see and study it. I must wind this up. I have not told the thousandth part of what is to be seen or enjoyed in Venice but i am almost As wearied with writing this letter As Yon Are probably with Reading it so Bear with me. W. H. Beli reported robbery of the Pacific express. A Telegram was received Here from Peru late last night giving slight particulars of a robbery of the Pacific car and directing the police to arrest three men who would arrive on the Wabash train. Acting upon the information patrolman Hattery went to the Wabash depot and spotted the three men specified in the Telegram and succeeded in arresting two of them. The other made his escape. The men arrested had the appearance of labourer. They gave their names As William Donahoe and Thomos Mclaughlin and said they had been working in this City on the Vandalia Extension and boarding at Wagner s hotel. They were on their Way from Huntington. The slight information concerning the robbery is to the effect that As the train in route from Detroit to St. Louis arrived at Peru the express messenger was found in his car securely bound and gagged and that the Money amounting to about 2,000 was missing. C. The robbery was supposed to have been committed near North Manchester thirty Miles from Peru. The handkerchief was bound so tightly across the messengers Mouth that when he was found prostrate on the floor he was almost suffocated. The two men who were arrest adhere end the one that escaped were suspected because they boarded the train at Peru for Logansport after it had started. There is however Little likelihood that they Are the guilty parties As circumstances surrounding the Robery indicate the work of no Clumsy novices. The Money found on the prisoners amounted Only to two dollars. Or. Johnson the route agent will arrive Here this morning at 8 o clock from Peru. _ determined to escape. Indianapolis news Quot another conspiracy 11 break jail headed by Dwight h. Wheat on the counterfeiter was intercepted by the sheriff this morning and the. Quot tool confiscated. The latter consisted of two heavy Iron bars several feet in length which has been used in loosening the plates protecting the ceiling. One of the bars was wrenched Loose from the Interior of the jail but How Wheaton secured pose Sion of the other is a mystery. This i the second or third eco t made by a it Heaton to escape since his he has Given the jail authorities considerable trouble. This morning the sheriff changed him to another cell where he can be better watched. He also talked to him like a father and gave him to understand that he was going to remain in that jail until he was tried if he had to be killed. Wheaton has already done time in the prison North where he bears the reputation of being a dangerous prisoner. He is the same party once tried for killing a Railroad Engineer in Bloomington 111., a murder which at the time excited great interest All Over the state. _ the Cass county medical society met in the Council chamber thursday afternoon. Or. Price read a paper on gun shot wounds of the Abdomen with the report of a Case. Or. Powell reported a Case of tra Mentio inflammation of the knee. Or. Cady reported a unique Case of Menore hag a. All of the above topics provoked a Lively interchange of ideas. Drs. Busjahn Lester and Stevens were appointed to read papers or report eases at the next meeting. The meeting adjourned to meet thursday october 25th. A meeting of the fair association was held yesterday. After the payment of a claims against the association there is expected to be n surplus of not less than than 1,000, the Gross receipts being 5,500. George Robertson of Galveston ind., came to the City yesterday for special treatment having a piece of flying steel enter his Eye. His visit was of no Avail and it is feared that partial blindness will result. The Indianapolis times says Quot the airline continues to monopolize the business to Chicago at the Dollar rate. A number of the leading officials of the l., n. A. A Were in the City yesterday and did not appear in the least Distaj pointed with the at a Mieting held on col. Campbell s Battle ground Thomas b. Helm of this City was elected president of the association whose object is to impress upon the people of Grant and Wabash counties the propriety of taking Steps to preserve the identity of the Battle Field. Resolutions were passed to that effect. The Irish National league of Indiana met in convention at Indianapolis on. Wednesday. Over fifty delegates were present from different cities and towns in the state. The following officers were elected president d. J. Sullivan Indianapolis vice presidents f. E. Gillick Washington Paul Fitzgerald Rushville a w. Stack. Terre haute j. H. Deery Indianapolis Walter Murphy Caledonia Captain James Breer West Lebanon. Secretary John r. Welch Indianapolis. Treasurer Patrick Feely Lafayette. If you Are thinking of getting a sewing machine and want one that is durable one that meets All the requirements of family sewing As Well As one that will make All the new designs of household decoration with ease and rapidity slight running noiseless machine a machine that is never out of order one that will be a Blessing in your Home a machine that is a machine examine the Light running try it in your own House but Don t buy it unless Yon like it. Sold Only on its merits and on terms to suit the purchaser. Call on mrs. Mary Whitsett. At the old stand 529 Broadway opposite the sixth Street grocery. A Chicago dispatch says that the situation in the passenger rate War from Chicago to the Ohio River and intermediate Points remains unchanged. The Louisville new Albany Job Chicago did not meet the pan handle s Cut to competing Points and it is understood they do not contemplate doing so. The Only Points to which the Kankakee line is affected by this eat is Lafayette Indiana. Chicago times Quot a. O. Parsons came into the City yesterday from Elkhart ind. He came with an excursion party and proceeded to do the town in thorough style. As he was sauntering along Clark Street looking with feelings Akin to Awe at the picture of a fat woman Over the front Entrance of the dime museum he was touched on the shoulder by a Young Man. Excise me sir but did you drop this said the Young Man holding up a ring. Apparently a Broad band of Plain Gold. Parsons like an honest Man said he Dij not. When the stranger offered to sell the ring to him for 2.50. Parsons and gave up 2.50 for a ring which might be Che up at that rate per Peck. He took the ring into a jewelry store and was horrified when the proprietor informed him that it was snide soon after he met officer Kelly and poured into his ear a Talf of woe. While they were talking Parsons noticed the Man who had swindled him. Aud pointed him out to the officer who arrested Hini. The prisoner gave the name of John Keilly and was recognized a its an old Rinc Dropper. He was locked an lit the Indian Polis journal Quot during yesterday m. E. Ii galls. President of the c.,1., St. L. In a Henderson general manager of the i. B. Jew. Aud v. T. Malott vice pres Iileta and general manager of the Union railway company were doing their Best to bring about a settlement of the War Between the c., St. L. A p. And the N. A. A c., but to no Avail seemingly the journal has information to the effect that j. F. Mucker traffic manager of the Uli Nois Central has notified competitors for Southern business that they were suffering from the War and that unless checked within the next forty eight hours they would for self Protection take a hand in the fight. J. N. Mccullough vice president of the Pennsylvania company is quoted As saying that the l., n. A. Amp Has needed a Good thrashing for months and they might As Well give it to them now and that he proposed to Cut into the freight business As Well As passenger traffic of the l., n. A. A c., and that an order will t e issued not Only to Cut through rates Between Termini but at All local Points on Fie l., n. A. A Where the Pennsylvania and Vandalia lines strike. Meantime to Railroad officials first named Are doing All in their Power to get officials of the several roads affected by this suicidal warfare together to Morrow Friday at Indianapolis or Cincinnati and if possible bring about a settlement and the restoration of rates. Railroad officials who deplore War like the present one have great fears hat the worst is not past and that with tie next Day or two it will affect other roads and become much More general in
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