Soldan High School - Scrip Yearbook (St Louis, MO)

 - Class of 1916

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in-1 . - -E A 'ffti 2 Qi? 5' - - YV -:ii k zvafai w e-,,'.,-N:- stantly. He worked slowly but the results obtained were well worth the while. He was his own severest critic and had that infinite patience which goes back over a thing, and over it, again and again until it is satisfactory to himself. St. Gaudens often worked for days over a statue that had received the approval of the purchaser, because it did not seem just right to him. And when it did seem right to him, it was sure to be right, because he had a fineness of judgment that is given to few artists. Like all truly great men, St. Gaudens was never obtrusively present in a throng. He was, in fact, rather diflident. But he had his own opinions on all subiects and when called upon could express them forc- ibly. His temper when aroused was terrific and because of his nervous- ness and excitability it was roused not infrequently. However, he had a fine sense of humor, which he may have inher- ited from his Irish mother, and such humor is the saving grace of Amer- icans. St. Gaudens had that unusual greatness which is able to completely submerge itself to do honor to his hero. It was his remarkable-power to feel his subject, however, and his ability to translate that feeling to us that makes us stand in awe before his works. They seem to be rather the expression of an overpowering sentiment than an effort to produce a work of art. They suggest the big thought behind the whole thing, rather than just one instance, as in his Civil War portrayals. One seems to feel the big issues at stake in the struggle, just by seeing his "Lin- coln" or his "Sherman". And this bigness is the bigness of St. Gaudens himself 3 of a mind great enough to encompass a universe, of a heart sublime enough to sympathize with it. He was as truly a great man as he was a great sculptor, since a gift such as his, without ceaseless toil and ready will- ingness to take advantage of opportunities, would never have attained immortality. Surely, in the gallery of great Americans the scu1ptor's place should be filled by Augustus St. Gaudens. -Mazrie Stevens. W a I I W fi i i m a n h as yet produced a distinctive type Has our soil, our at 5 mosphere the necessary wherewithal to form beings whom ' ' we can recognize as our own, formed out of the absorption ,rf .ff f. of so many different nationalities that pour into this "melt- ing pot"? From this conglomerate mass came an Abraham Lincoln, and as Lincoln typiFies,to us the distinctive American in the political arena, so nos ave often heard it questioned as to whether America has A n Q Q . o - ,L lla V , i I

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'f - ' nj' i: lf ,qc -1, dr 1 . L' vf' Lk Q X. A- 7 ,v safe. - 3,5 sa f .. 55,52 - .1 'J-:T ized community, and which probably inju.ed rather than helped the cause he had at heart. When in jail, upon being asked if he would like to be rescued, Brown said that his relations with his jailer were such that he should hold it a breach of trust to be rescued. There is an example even higher than that of Socrates, an example which history will not fail to hold up, that of a man of whom his slayers said, "He saved others, himself he can not save." Here is touched the secret of Brown's characterg absolute reliance on the Divine, entire disregard of the present, in view of the promised future. . "For best befriended of the God He who in evil times, Warned by an inward voice, Heeds not the darkness and the dread, Abiding by his rule and choice: Feeling only the fiery thread Leading over heroic ground, Walled with mortal terror round, To the aim which him allures, And the sweet heaven his deed secures." flrwin Eskeles. Augustus Saint Gaudens HE greatest men of all times have been the most perfect fi representatives of their age. They have most truly ex- pressed the ideals of the day in their work, and by this very fact made immortal things that otherwise would have been of only temporary interest. Such a man was the American sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens. He has taken, in some instances, the most commonplace themes as in his "Grief", a memorial to a woman "who lived and died"- made for a broken-hearted husband. But by his superb imagination and execution he has produced a masterpiece which will never fail to grip the soul of whosoever shall see it. It is not, however, due to imagination alone that St. Gaudens be- came the most noted of American artists and the founder of the Amer- ican school of sculpture. Nor was it due to his never-ceasing toil, pow-- erful mind, nor clever fingers. Not to any of these things, nor to all of them, does he owe his fame. He became a Master because these op- portunities found him a man different from all about him and ever ready. tool in hand, to sieze on an inspiration. St. Gaudens was a hard worker, never giving himself a moment's rest, even though, during the last ten years of his life he suffered con- 107

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A - ,,.,. A ,. , ,, - Y -:- Y ,,, .w' , ,Va - n - --Y,-cr, ,: ff - Y L- - Y .,r,-- -,i - Walt Whitman is the rhythmic apostle of our democracy. Not only were these two representative types contemporaneous, but both alike were rugged in nature, begotten of the same native rugged soil. "Well, he looks like a man," said Lincoln when he first saw Whit- man. And when Lincoln fell, how magnificently did Whitman sing his elegy in "Captain, O My Captain". ' i Did you ever transplant yourself on a lovely spring morning from your comfortable home to the untrodden part of the forest along the Meramec? How your very soul is enraptured! You are unable to analyze the charm, yet the charm is undeniably there. So you feel when you come to Walt Whitman. Whitman can easily contend for first honors as the genius of American nationality. Our turbulent demo- cracyg our faith in the future, our huge mass movements, our continen- tal spirit, our sublime, if unkept nature lies back of Walt Whitman, and are implied in all his work. As Emerson vividly wrote, "Americans abroad may now come home, unto us a Man is born !" Whitman has been accused of silliness and of blasphemy. These things may be trueg yet, in the sandy wastes of his innumerable lines, there is a wealth of scattered gold, never sifted out by him, yet gold, un- mistakable gold. Now and then Whitman incorporates a handy or high sounding word from some other language. Perhaps he did this to signify our composite democracy, and to teach that the whole world is the mother of our country. Yes, they may be crude, perhaps, but Whitman's rhapsodies are "diamonds in the rough, virgin gold in unwrought nuggets". How wonderfully large is Whitman's enthusiasm for mankind! His scorn for all but real things: his faith and his hope, and his love! As regards the form of what he writes, Whitman can find no author- ity superior to himself. There is a very powerful and majestic rhyth- mical sense throughout his writings, prose and verse, and this rhyth- mical sense is original and inborn. One feels that although no count- ing of syllables will reveal the mechanism of his music, the music is surely there. His rhythm, so often burlesqued, is all of a part with the man and with his ideas. It is apparently confusedg really it is most carefully schemed, certainly to a high degree original. It has a great booming movement or undertone, like the sound of a heavy surf. Call this poet uncouth, inarticulateg whatever you please that is least orthodox, yet after all, he is the only one who points out the stuff of which, perchance, the American literature in the future may be made. The appearance of such a man as Whitman involves deep world forces of race and of time. Can we not then safely say that the one mountain thus far in our literary landscape is Walt Whitman? -Margaret M. H orchitz. 109

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