This letter gets interrupted all the time, but I love you, Virginia - so there - and your letters make it worse - are you pleased? I want to get home to you - please, when you are in the south, think of me, and of the fun we should have, shall have, if you stick to your plan of going abroad with me in October, - sun and cafes all day and ? all night. My darling … please let this plan come off. I live for it.
Vita Sackville-West, in a letter to Virginia Woolf, dated 30 March 1927.
Born in 1878, Eva Dugan worked in cabaret before being hired as a housekeeper by Andrew J. Mathis, a Pima County, Arizona, resident. For reasons unknown, Mathis fired Dugan and shortly afterwards, he disappeared, seemingly into thin air. While his home was not in disarray, his cash box as well as his car were missing. Neighbours of Mathis reported that Dugan had recently been selling some of his belongings, however, when investigators went to question her, she was nowhere to be found. An investigation into her background revealed that she had been married five times. All five husbands had inexplicably disappeared. Eventually investigators tracked Dugan down - she was working in a hospital in White Plains. On 4 March, 1927, she was extradited back to Arizona. Months later, Mathis’ slain body was discovered in a shallow grave on his land.
Dugan denied any involvement in the murder and all evidence entered into trial was purely circumstantial. The prosecution claimed that Dugan had been assisted by a teenage boy named Jack. However, Jack was never identified or found. Despite the lack of evidence, she was found guilty and sentenced to hang. While incarcerated, she permitted interviews for $1 and knitted handkerchiefs which she sold. With the money earned, she purchased her own coffin. As her execution date loomed, a rumour began to circulate that Dugan was going to end her own life as opposed to die at the gallows. The morning before her execution, a search of her cell turned up a bottle of raw ammonia as well as three razor blades. She was led to the gallows at 5AM on 21 February, 1930. The noose was tied around her neck and the trap was sprung. The executioner had misjudged the distance and the snap of the rope decapitated Dugan, with her head rolling into the group of spectators.
Following the gruesome execution, the gallows were replaced by the gas chamber, making Eva Dugan the only woman to be executed by hanging in Arizona.
“When I was born, I was colored. I soon became a Negro. Not long after that I was black. Most recently I was African-American. It seems we’re on a roll here. But I am still first and foremost in search of freedom.” Happy 90th Birthday Harry Belafonte (March 1, 1927)
looked most decidedly distracted as Bucky walked you home that night, shoulders
still tense from Betty’s teasing and the thought of losing Bucky, who you hadn’t
imagined you would have missed before. He took notice of your silence, the
crease between your brows, your stiff manor of walking, and he did his best to
wear you down. On any other night it may have worked, brushing the back of his
hand against yours, bumping your shoulder, crowding you as you walked in the
hopes of eliciting that playful shove and reluctant smile.
you remember when we met?” Bucky asked when his usual tricks had no effect.
are there any muslims in ilvermorny? also, how are muslim ilvermorny students supposed to get back from winter break because the american voldemort banned them? also, does madam picquery support muslim wizards/witches? (i know trump isn't president in 1926 and the ban wasn't made until 2017 but it's an important question at the back of my head)
There are Muslims in Ilvermorny, although they’re a small minority.
I’m a bit confused - what’s a voldemort? And why wouldn’t get Muslim students be able to go back home? This country is their home, too, right? And yes, ‘course she supports them! She’s their President too, isn’t she?
Hauteville House is a house where Victor Hugo lived during his exile from France, located at 38 Rue Hauteville in St. Peter Port in Guernsey. In March 1927, the centenary year of Romanticism, Hugo’s descendents Jeanne, Jean, Marguerite and François donated the house to the City of Paris. It currently houses an honorary consul to the French embassy at London and a Victor Hugo museum; house and garden are both open to the public.
Paul César Helleu (17 December 1859 – 23 March 1927) was a French oil painter, pastel artist, drypoint etcher, and designer, best known for his numerous portraits of beautiful society women of the Belle Époque.
Helleu’s family struggled finacially after his father, a customs inspector, died while the artist was in his teens. Nevertheless, Helleu was blessed in meeting all the right extremely talented and well-connected people at the right time.
In 1876, at age 16, he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts, beginning academic training in art with Jean-Léon Gérôme. Helleu attended the Second Impressionist Exhibition in the same year, and made his first acquaintances with John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Claude Monet. He was struck by their modern, bold alla prima technique and outdoor scenes, so far removed from the studio.
To survive following graduation, Helleu took a job hand-painting fine decorative plates. At this same time, he met Giovanni Boldini, whose facile, bravura style strongly influenced his future artistic style.
When he was 18 years old, Helleu established a close friendship with John Singer Sargent, four years his senior, that was to last his lifetime. Already becoming established, Sargent was receiving commissions for his work. Helleu had not sold anything, and was deeply discouraged almost to the point of abandoning his studies. When Sargent heard this, he went to Helleu and picked one of his paintings, praising his technique. Flattered that Sargent would praise his work, he offered to give it to him. Sargent replied, “I shall gladly accept this, Helleu, but not as a gift. I sell my own pictures, and I know what they cost me by the time they are out of my hand. I should never enjoy this pastel if I hadn’t paid you a fair and honest price for it.” With this he paid him a thousand-franc note.
Helleu was commissioned to paint a portrait of a young woman named Alice Guérin in 1884. They fell in love, and married two years later, on 28 July 1886. Throughout their lives together, she was his favourite model. Charming, refined and graceful, she helped introduce them to the aristocratic circles of Paris, where they were popular fixtures.
-Portrait of Alice Guérin
On a trip to London with Jacques-Émile Blanche in 1885, Helleu met Whistler again and visited other prominent artists of the age. His introduction to James Jacques Tissot, an accomplished society painter from France who made his career in England, proved to be a revelation. From Tissot, Helleu saw, for the first time, the possibilities of drypoint etching with a diamond point stylus directly on a copper plate. Helleu quickly became a virtuoso of the technique, drawing with the same dynamic and sophisticated freedom with his stylus as with his pastels. His prints were very well received, and they had the added advantage that a sitter could have several proofs printed to give to relations or to friends.
Soon, Helleu was displaying works to much acclaim at several galleries. He was encouraged by Edgar Degas. Robert de Montesquiou, the poet and aesthete, befriended Helleu and bought six of his drypoints to add to his large print collection. Montesquiou later wrote a book about Helleu that was published in 1913 with reproductions of 100 of his prints and drawings. This volume remains the definitive biography on Helleu. Montesquiou introduced Helleu to Parisian literary salons, where he met Marcel Proust, who also became a friend. Proust created a literary picture of Helleu in his novel Remembrance of Things Past as the painter Elstir.
Later in his career, Helleu began a series of paintings and color prints of cathedrals, stained glass windows, landscapes, and harbor views for the port of Deauville.
In 1904, Helleu was awarded the Légion d'honneur and became one of the most celebrated artists of the Edwardian era in both Paris and London. He was an honorary member in important beaux-arts societies, including the International Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, headed by Auguste Rodin, and the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
On his second trip to the United States in 1912, Helleu was awarded the commission to design was the ceiling decoration in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. He decided on a mural of a blue-green night sky covered by the starry signs of the zodiac that cross the Milky Way. Although the astrological design was widely admired, the ceiling was covered in the 1930s. More than sixty years later, in 1998, it was completely restored and millions of visitors and passengers at the station still marvel at Helleu’s ceiling mural today.
Among many of Helleu’s friends was Coco Chanel, who picked beige as her signature colour upon the advice of the artist—the colour of the sand on the beach of Biarritz in the early morning. Both his son Jean Helleu and his grandson Jacques Helleu became artistic directors for Parfums Chanel.
Helleu died in Paris in 1927 at the age of 67 of peritonitis following surgery.
Wedding dress, ca. 1850s by KSU Museum Via Flickr: Stripped cotton or linen with navy blue piping and floral motifs. Worn by Emma Loretta Griffin (born Feb. 18, 1868 in Akron and died March 28, 1927). Married to Jesse McClelland Rice (born Oct. 30, 1859, died Oct. 31, 1940). Married on June 6, 1886 in Poland, OH. American, 1850s. Gift of Mrs. Frederick P. Meyerhoefer in memory of our Alexander ancestors.
Summary: A little bit of a filler chapter. It’s just you and Bucky sitting on a couch talking. But Bucky gets some clarification on a few things and you finally agree to start telling him the story of your lives together.