"A Mystery Solved: Arthur Lumley's
Sketch of Abraham Lincoln," written by Illinois State Historian
Thomas F. Schwartz, Ph.D., provides for the first time an earlier
date for a well-known series of photographs of the 16th president.
Arthur Lumley was one of many artists employed by Harper's Weekly
to cover the Civil War.
Lumley made a pencil sketch of
Lincoln seated in a chair, and this drawing was purchased by the
Illinois State Historical Library in 1941. The sketch has the
inscription "Brady's May 16/61," and on the back it says, "This
sketch of Lincoln was made from life, while he was waiting to have
a photograph taken in Brady's Gallery Pennsylvania Ave. Washington
DC 1861. Arthur Lumley."
The sketch bears a striking
resemblance to a series of images famed photographer Matthew Brady
took of Lincoln that had been dated circa 1862 by prominent
Lumley's sketch places Lincoln in the
portrait studio at one of the most tumultuous times in U.S.
history, fully a year earlier than had previously been believed,
and the calm pose he strikes in both the sketch and photograph
seems to indicate the president wanted to project an air of calm
and confidence to a country torn apart by strife.
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life in the Illinois country in author Mary Hartwell Catherwood's
romance novels written in the mid- to late 1800s, the organized
contributions to the U.S. effort in World War I made possible by
the Illinois Woman's Committee, and the effort to educate all
women that led to the 1853 founding of Shimer College in Mount
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Life Sentence, No Parole
If we tried to invent the
cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with
anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or in a
Dogs are pack animals who crave
the companionship of others. Scratches behind the ears, games
of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the world to
them. Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea
Many dogs left to fend for
themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other
animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged or
choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether.
If you have a backyard dog,
please, bring him or her inside. They don't want much--just
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