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life; but when he gave an exhibition of the results of this labor, his
employers were so impressed that they provided the money

needed to send him to Italy, where he was to spend the remainder
of his life, with the exception of five years' residence in New York.
Two of his earlier figures are his most famous, his "Nydia" and his
"Lost Pleiad." Scores of replicas in marble of these two figures were
made during their author's life time, and they still retain for many
people a simple and pathetic charm. Nearly every one, of course, has
made the acquaintance
of Nydia, the blind girl, in Bulwer-Lytton's "The Last Days of Pompeii,"
and so gaze at Rogers's
fleeing figure with eyes too sympathetic
to see its faults. Far more important is the work of William H.
Rinehart, of the same age as Rogers, and resembling him somewhat in
development. Born on a Maryland farm, his early years were those of the
average farmer's boy, but at

last some blind instinct led him to abandon farming
for stonecutting, and he became assistant to a mason and stonecutter of
the neighborhood. As soon as he had learned his trade, at the age of
twenty-one, he went to Baltimore, where there was work in plenty, and
where he

could, at the same time, attend the night school

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