High-Resolution, Full Color Images Available Online
Search, Browse, Read, and Print Yearbook Pages
View College, High School, and Military Yearbooks
Browse our digital annual library spanning centuries
Support the Schools in our Program by Subscribing
Page 10 text:
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-
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
Surely, in the gallery of great Americans the scu1ptor's place should
be filled by Augustus St. Gaudens.
W a I I W fi i i m a n
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
f. of so many different nationalities that pour into this "melt-
From this conglomerate mass came an Abraham Lincoln, and as
Lincoln typiFies,to us the distinctive American in the political arena, so
ave often heard it questioned as to whether America has
A n Q Q . o -
,L lla V , i I
Page 9 text:
'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
Here is touched the secret of Brown's characterg absolute reliance
on the Divine, entire disregard of the present, in view of the promised
"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."
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-
Page 11 text:
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.
Suggestions in the Soldan High School - Scrip Yearbook (St Louis, MO) collection:
Are you trying to find old school friends, old classmates, fellow servicemen or shipmates? Do you want to see past girlfriends or boyfriends? Relive homecoming, prom, graduation, and other moments on campus captured in yearbook pictures. Revisit your fraternity or sorority and see familiar places. See members of old school clubs and relive old times. Start your search today!
Looking for old family members and relatives? Do you want to find pictures of parents or grandparents when they were in school? Want to find out what hairstyle was popular in the 1920s? E-Yearbook.com has a wealth of genealogy information spanning over a century for many schools with full text search. Use our online Genealogy Resource to uncover history quickly!
Are you planning a reunion and need assistance? E-Yearbook.com can help you with scanning and providing access to yearbook images for promotional materials and activities. We can provide you with an electronic version of your yearbook that can assist you with reunion planning. E-Yearbook.com will also publish the yearbook images online for people to share and enjoy.
Material on this website is protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties.
No protected images or material on this website may be copied or printed without express authorization.