A Charming, Able Resident Reconstructs It

The Story. At the end of this book, two portraits hang in an old city house. Out of one frame, in white muslin and blue sash, looks a beguiling red-headed Civil War nurse as she was just before she sacked an Italian count, married an ardent young mechanic and quit her patroon relatives to live in the young West.

The other canvas, called Bitter Fruit by an old friend of the subject, is the same Ann Cortlandt Smith as a great-grandmother. The ropes of...

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