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These illustrations appeared with the original publication of this story in Harper's Magazine in December 1886. There is good reason to believe they were made by Frederick Dielman (1847-1929). The detective work of Betty Rogers identified the initials, F.D., on these pieces and in another credited illustration in a similar style in the 1886 volume of Harper's.
     According to Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, & Engravers (Optiz, ed. Poughkeepsie, New York: Apollo, 1986, p. 227) Dielman was a painter, illustrator, craftsman, etcher, and teacher. Born in Hanover, Germany, he came to the U.S. as a child. He was educated at the Royal Academy in Munich. He served as Professor of Art in the College of the City of New York (1903-1918) and then as director of the Arts Schools of Cooper Union. Among his better known works are the mosaic panels, "Law" and "History" at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and six mosaics in the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

"He took a long honest look at the stranger."

"Intermittent industry"

"He looked pleased as she lowered the glass for a moment."

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