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A. Arm.—B. Basket.—C. Torpedo.—D. Pilot-house.—E. Smoke-stack.—F. Ventilator.
UNITED STATES TORPEDO BOAT "NEW ERA."
Page) humble school-house, the church, and the National
Wreaths, scrolls, etc., adorn the pedestal above,
while higher towers the marble composite column,
forty-two feet in height, and bearing stars, indicative of the States of the
Union. The whole is surmounted by a colossal statue of
DOUGLAS, standing upon a
bronze globe, with his right hand upon the fasces—symbolical of the
Union—and his left holding
The monument is well suited to the level character
of the Illinois country, and in that regard follows
a recognized principle in art and architecture among the ancients,
hitherto too little regarded in America. The location of the monument will be
upon the shore of Lake Michigan, in a beautiful
grove in the southern suburbs of the city of Chicago,
already consecrated as the resting place of Senator
remains. From the various approaches
to the city, by land or water, the tall shaft
of the monument will be seen pricking the blue of
It has been erroneously reported
throughout the country that
the cost of the monument will be
$500,000. It will cost, as estimated, only $50,000.
In this place we think it proper also to correct a
statement, which is being widely circulated by the
press, to the effect that Mr. VOLK is a German.
LEONARD WELLS VOLK was born
at Wellstown, Hamilton
County, New York, in 1828. His ancestors
were among the first settlers of New York city
New Amsterdam—which brings him in the eighth generation on this continent.
He is American in his every
sentiment, loyal to the core, thoroughly
Western in his ideas of art, as well exemplified
in this his last and one of his greatest works.
He is also a relative of Mr.
DOUGLAS by marriage,
and has an earnest reverence for the memory of the
departed statesman. His work has been, in the deepest sense, a work of love.