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[395] he so won upon the old artist that he thenceforth treated him almost with the kindness of a father; he was childless, and into his heart and home the young student was taken as none had been taken before. In the early days with Kiss the civil war in America broke out, and the ability to hold communication with his home was soon cut off. The impulse so strong upon him to go back to Virginia was thwarted in various ways, and in the stoppage of pecuniary supplies, Kiss pressed upon his pupil purse, home, all he should need. When the old sculptor died, several years after, while Valentine was still with him, he it was who was among the last to be near him, just before his sudden death, and he it was who alone could comfort the desolate widow. Madame Kiss entreated that the beloved pupil should remain as a son with her, pressed upon him the use, without charge, of the old master's atelier, and finally presented him with many valuable works of art—among other things, all the implements with which Kiss had wrought at his beloved sculptures.

After the close of the war, when return became possible again, the young student could not resist the hungry longing for home, and turning his back on such offers as would have broken down the resistant patriotism of many a less ardent nature, he came back to Virginia at the close of 1865. When he landed in New York he was offered such advantages as were most tempting to an ambitious young artist; but he rather chose to cast in his lot with his own people, and so set up his studio in Richmond.

It was a hopeless prospect which presented itself when Valentine opened his rooms in his native city. The depression of every kind was terrible. A certain paralysis rested on all hearts and hands. It seemed a mere mockery to offer to execute busts and statues for people who lacked almost the necessaries of life. But he was brave, and his courage did not fail him. He had brought home with him an exquisite statuette of General Lee, which at once commanded admiration. Some London journals had spoken of it in exalted terms, for it had been carried to England and exhibited there. It was a very complete representation of the Confederate commander, and attracted great and wide attention to the sculptor's work.

Mr. Valentine had also won for himself high praise in Berlin, by a bust, modeled from life, of Dr. Franz von Holtzendorff, now Professor of Law in the University of Munich; he will be remembered as having been the defender of Count Arnim, in the famous trial in Berlin.

But though commissions could not be expected under the circumstances,

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