THE FINANCIER 
first place to the real merit of what he had brought together, 
and in the next place to the enthusiastic comment of such 
men as Wilton Ellsworth, Fletcher Gray, Gordon Strake- 
architects and art dealers whose judgment and taste were 
considered important in Philadelphia. In their social 
meanderings these men had described Cowperwood as 
an enthusiastic collector and a man of real taste. Now 
in this hour of disintegration, many who had known him 
socially as well as commercially and who appreciated his 
innate force, were here to see what the sheriff, acting 
for his creditors, had to offer. All of these lovely things 
by which he had set great store—small bronzes, represent- 
ative of the best period of the Italian Renaissance; bits 
of Venetian glass which he had collected with great care— 
a full curio case; statues by Powers, Hosmer, and Thor- 
waldsen—things which would have been smiled at thirty 
years later, but which were of high value then; all of 
his pictures by representative American painters from 
Gilbert to Eastman Johnson, together with a few speci- 
mens of the current French and English schools, went for 
a song. Art judgment in Philadelphia at this time was 
not exceedingly high; and some of the pictures, for lack 
of appreciative understanding, were disposed of at much 
too low a figure. Gordon Strake, Fletcher Gray, and 
Wilton Ellsworth were all present and bought liberally. 
Senator Simpson, Mr. Mollenhauer, and our good friend 
Strobik entered to see what they could see. The small- 
fry politicians were there, en masse. But Senator Simp- 
son, calm judge of good art, secured practically the best 
of all that was offered; for he had the money and was 
perfectly willing to pay a good price. To him went the 
curio case of Venetian glass; one pair of tall blue-and-white 
Mohammedan cylindrical vases; fourteen examples of 
Chinese jade, including several artists' water-dishes and 
a pierced window-screen of the faintest tinge of green. 
To Mr. Mollenhauer went the furniture and decorations 
cf the entry-hall and reception-room of Henry Cowper- 
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