Saint-Gaudens

"Both Saint-Gaudens and Augusta [Mrs. Saint-Gaudens] must have been there-- somewhere in the crowd, to see 'our Farragut,' as Gussie once called the statue. She must have been thrilled as the sun glinted on the golden sword and the braid she had worked so hard to perfect. Most certainly, she and Gus were at the Gilders' at a dinner party in honor of the success of the 'Farragut.' The Gilders had been in Paris while the 'Farragut' was being modeled and Gilder always proudly claimed that he had posed for Farragut's legs. 'Gee Gee de Saint Gee' was Gilder's nickname for Saint-Gaudens, and he was having an article written about him for the Century magazine.

It was around midnight when the Gilder party broke up. Gus and Gussie walked up Fifth Avenue with William Webster Ellsworth, a fellow guest and secretary of the Century Company. They came to Madison Square and 'as we approached the statue, we saw an old man standing in front of it. I think his hat was off, 'Ellsworth said.

'Why, it's Father,' Saint-Gaudens exclaimed, going over to the man. 'What are you doing here at this time of night?'

'Oh, you mind your own business! Haven't I a right to be here?' Bernard Saint-Gaudens said in gruff voice.

They understood and left the old man standing there in the moonlight."

from "Saint-Gaudens and the Gilded Era" by Louise Hall Tharp