Fired with the enthusiasm of his
fetish, mechanics, Thomas Alva Edison recently refused to have his
portrait painted on the grounds: "Everything in this world should be
done by machinery and measurement," and anything made without the
accuracy of mechanism is "not really very good". This was reported
last week by Sir John Lavery, fashionable British painter who has
done Mrs. Edison.
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