GEN. DI CESNOLA DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS Director of Metropolitan Museum of Art for Twenty-five Years. MADE CYPRIOTE COLLECTION Honored for Gallant Service in Civil War--Also Veteran of Austrian and Crimean Wars. Gen. Louis Palma Di Cesnola, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1879, died suddenly and after a very short illness on Sunday night at his residence, the Hotel Seymour, 44 West Forty-fifth Street. After his usual day's work at the museum on Friday the General attended the dinner of the Eleventh Corps in the evening, and left the banquet hall apparent- ly in his usual health. But on Saturday morning he had an attack of Asthma, from which he had been a sufferer for some years. This acute attack was probably the result of a cold caught at the banquet. His family physician, Dr. Carlo Savini, ad- vised the General to remain in his room throughout the day. His daughter, Miss Louise Di Cesnola, summoned her sister, Mrs. Alfred Del Cambre, and they were with him when at 10 o'clock on Sunday evening he had a sinking spell, from which he never recovered. On Sunday when he gradually became weaker he expressed the hope that he would be able to live until the end of the week, by which time, he had been informed, the Grand Cross of St. Maurice and Laz- arra, granted to him be King Humbert of Italy in recognition of his services in aiding to restore the restoration of the cope of Ascoli, which had been stolen and sold to J. Pierpont Morgan, would get here. Gen. Di Cesnola's funeral will be attend- ed from St. Patrick's Cathedral on Wednes- day, when the Italian Ambassador to this country and the members of his staff will come to this city to attend, they having been notified of the General's death yester- day morning. The Directors of the Metro- politan Museum will act as pallbearers. The interment will be in the Kenisco Cem- etery, where Gen. Di Cesnola's wife is buried. Mrs. Di Cesnola was the daughter of the late Commodore S.C. Reid of the United States Navy, who is known in his- tory as "the hero of Faval." Gen. Di Cesnola was a native of Rivarola, Piedmont, Italy, where he was born June 28, 1832. When but seventeen years of age he entered the army, serving through the Italian war against Austria and receiving his commission as a Lieutenant on the battlefield of Novara for personal bravery in March, 1849. At the close of the war he completed his education at the Military Academy at Cherasea, after which he served in the Crimean war. He came to this country in 1860, and after teaching French and Italian, entered the United States service as an instructor in tactics and cavalry drill. He raised a com- pany of Italians for service here and was appointed Major of the Eleventh New York Cavalry, serving afterward as its Lieuten- ant Colonel, and then receiving a commis- sion as Colonel of the Fourth New York Cavalry, with which he served to the close of the war, save for nine months he spent as a prisoner of war in Libby Prison. It was while there that he planned an upris- ing of prisoners at Libby and Belle Isle, at about the time of Col. Rose's successful attempt at tunneling out of the prison. Gen. Di Cesnola was wounded at the bat- tle of Aldie, Va., and in 1897 he got a medal of honor from Congress. At the close of the war President Lincoln prom- ised him a promotion to the grade of Briga- dier General, and, though the commission was never made out, owing to the death of the President, he was always greeted with the title promised him. President Lincoln appointed Gen. Di Ces- nola Consul to Larnica, in the Island of Cyprus. It was while he served in this capacity from 1865 to 1877 that the excava- tions of Cypriote antiquities were made and the collection gathered on which his fame principally rests. His one book, published in 1878, "Cyprus, Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples," treated of his work that led to the establishment of what is now known as the Cesnola collection, housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a building that is very largely his monument, for it was the purchase of that collection that was the beginning of the city's present museum. The collection was brought here after Sudan had made impossible its pur- chase by the Emperor Louis Napoleon, and after the British Museum had failed to buy because of a lack of ready funds. Gen. Di Cesnola became a Trustee of the museum and its Secretary on June 21, 1877, becoming its Director two years later. Sev- eral attempts have been made to secure his removal from the post, but the Trustees, after a hearing on charges made against him that he had manipulated the Cypriote collection so as to destroy its usefulness from an art standpoint, acquitted him. This led to the suit for libel brought against him by Gustave Feuardent, the trial of which was a veritable sensation in art circles in the early eighties. The trial resulted in a disagreement of the jury, since which time the then animated discussion over the value of the Di Cesnola collection has been heard little of. Gen. Di Cesnola received the degree of Doctor of Laws from both Columbia and Princeton. He was also the recipient of a gold medal and various knightly honors from King Victor Emmanuel of Italy. He was an active or associate member of vari- ous scientific and archeological societies here and abroad, and the author of several pamphlets dealing with art subjects.