The Index

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Volume 6

Boston, Mass., Thursday, March 4, 1875.

Whole no. 271

Contents of page 1:


The Demands of Liberalism

GLIMPSES: This clipping is from the Boston Commonwealth...
Proposed as a Substitute for the
First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
The Italian Government...
A Course of Sunday Evening Lectures...
The Jesuits...
The Christian Union...
At the Paine Hall dedication...
There is something exquisitely touching...
The benighted condition of almost the entire South...

Our thanks are due to Mr. George Hess...

From a letter just received from an English gentleman...

From column 3:    

Our thanks are due to Mr. George Hess, the well-known sculptor of New York, for his superb busts of David Friedrich Strauss and Ludwig Feuerbach. They are executed with great skill in plaster, and will nobly adorn a free-thinker’s library or study. Feuerbach has a head like one of the old Greek philosophers, with a long beard and an expression of great boldness, force, and subtilty of thought. But Strauss fascinates us completely. His face is smooth-shaven, with lines of character and intellect that marvellously appeal to the sympathies and the imagination. A gentle melancholy is shadowed about the firm mouth and chin, and remind one almost painfully of the relentless persecution that he was called to endure so long; while the fine eye and grand forehead tell of the integrity, pride, and valor of soul that made Strauss—

“One of the few, immortal names
That were not born to die.”

It is a face to gaze at long and reverently, for it is the face of a scholar, thinker, hero. The two busts together are the monuments of the best German mind of the nineteenth century, and will stimulate the highest life of him who is capable of appreciating the grandeur of the men they bring so vividly to view. Mr. Hess is to be congratulated on his remarkable success. The price is five dollars apiece; and the busts may be obtained either of the sculptor himself at 71 Amity Street, New York city, or of Schönhof & Möller, 40 Winter Street, Boston.

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SOURCE: The Index (A Weekly Paper), Volume 6, Whole no. 271, Thursday, March 4, 1875, p. 1. Editors: Francis Ellingwood Abbot, William James Potter, Benjamin Franklin Underwood. Boston: The Index Association. Published by an incorporated Board of Trustees nominated by the Free Religious Association.

From online sources: George Hess (1832-1909) was born in Pfungstadt, Germany. As a child, he was brought to the United States, and left a penniless orphan. He returned to Munich for study at the age of 25 (circa 1857). He subsequently settled and practiced his art in New York city, where he did portrait and genre work in stone. According to one source, his bust of Mme. Janauschek is well-known; other works include “Echo,” “The Water-Lily,” and two humorous pieces called “Gold Up” and “Gold Down.”

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