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October 18, 1991 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-18

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I NEWS I

Police Search
For Jewish Gang

"THE MOST WONDERFUL FACE LEFT TO US . ."

(so said sculptor George Grey Bernard 1863 1938)

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Sculptor Leonard Wells Volk learned his craft in New York

and settled in Illinois after marrying a cousin of Stephen
Douglas, who gave Volk the funds to study in Rome in the
mid-1850s. On his return Volk set up a studio in Chicago
where he first met ABRAHAM LINCOLN in 1858 during
Lincoln's historic debates with Doublas. At that time, Lincoln
proomised to sit one day for Volk, but it would be almost two
years before they met again.
In April 1860, Volk noticed a newspaper article announcing
Lincoln's arrival in town to argue a case. Volk went to the
courthouse and reminded Lincoln of his old promise. Lincoln
readily agreed to begin sitting, and paid a visit to Volk's
studio each morning for a week. If he could take a mask of
Lincoln's face, Volk explained, the number of visits would be
greatly reduced. Lincoln agreed. The sittings continued for five
days after the mask was prepared, Lincoln entertaining Volk
with "SOME OF THE FUNNIEST AND MOST

LAUGHABLE OF STORIES." We know that Volk took
several original castings of the mask, one of which was given
to Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, another to
the Smithsonian Institute.
While on tour in Europe Volk's studio, the mask and all
other original castings were believed destroyed by the Great
Chicago fire.
I have recently acquired the original casting which was
formerly the property of the descendents of Gideon Wells.
Without damage to the original, I have had a mold
produced and am preparing a limited edition bronze casting
for a select few collectors.
These bronze examples of the original ABRAHAM
LINCOLN life mask measures 10"x8x51/4" and are presented
on a base of beautifully finished Teak with Volk's description
of the session inscribed.

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Tel Aviv (JTA) — A Jewish
criminal gang may have
assisted the West Bank Pa-
lestinian who deliberately
drove into a crowd of Israeli
soldiers Friday, killing two
of them and injuring 11.
Police are searching for
the gang they believe stole
the van used by the terrorist
to plough into the crowd.
The suspect, Rateb Ab-
dallah Zaidan, 25, of the
West Bank village of Kibya,
is in custody.
The fatally injured men
were buried last week with
full military honors. Regi-
mental Sgt. Maj. Aharon
Kalzoni-Agmon, 36, of
Givatayim, was interred at
the Givat Shaul cemetery in
Tel Aviv.
Sgt. Shmuel Michaeli, 21,
of Bnei Brak was buried in
the military section of the
Holon cemetery.
Eight other soldiers re-
mained hospitalized, two in
serious condition.
The incident occurred at a
hitchhikers' shelter on the
Geha Road outside Tel Aviv,
where soldiers wait to pick
up rides. About 15 were
standing in line when a van
belonging to the Bezek Tele-
communications Co. ran a
red light and was driven into
their midst at high speed.
The van demolished the
shelter and overturned. The
slightly injured driver
crawled out of a window and
tried to escape. He was chas-
ed and overpowered by
witnesses, who turned him
over to a senior police officer
who happened to be driving
by.
The suspect's home in
Kibya was sealed off by
security forces.
Mr. Zaidan reportedly left
a suicide note under his mat-
tress saying he planned to
"take revenge on the Jews
for my relatives killed in the
intifada and on the Temple
Mount."
According to police in-
vestigators, none of his
relatives have been killed,
either in the intifada or the
Temple Mount riots on Oct.
8, 1990.
Police said the suspect's
wife tried to destroy the note
when they came to question
her.

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flora and fauna reflects its
location at the junction of
three continents. Over 400
species of birds, 200 species
of mammals and reptiles and
3,000 varieties of plants are
found within its borders.

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