Sept. 20, 1907 (Friday)
JINGOISTIC AMERICAN GROUP FLIPS OVER COIN DESIGN: The story is going around that Augustus Saint-Gaudens used the face of Mary Cunningham -- referred to as a "pretty Irish waitress" -- as his inspiration for new coins, including the 1907 Double Eagle (shown). A group in Harrisburg, Pa., is upset. The Independent Order of Americans has adopted a formal protest -- wanting instead for coinage to bear the likenesses of American-born models. Today's New York Times reports on the protest and adds to the story with a description of how the sculptor -- who died in August -- allegedly came to choose Cunningham:
He had considerable difficulty in finding a model to meet his requirements, and many beautiful girls were rejected by him before he met the Irish waitress, Mary Cunningham. He was spending the Summer at Cornish [N.H.] when he saw her.
She waited on him at table, and he almost immediately decided that here was the face for the new coins. She demurred, and it was only after great persuasion that he succeeded in getting her to pose.
All of this might be nonsense. An interesting account is on Page 4 of this publication by the Friends of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial in Cornish, N.H.
Wonder what happened when the protesters discovered that the sculptor himself was born in Ireland.
ENGLISH GOLFER WHACKS A RECORD DRIVE: Reports out of London indicate that W.H. Horne has hit the longest drive ever on a golf course. He hit a ball 381 YARDS yesterday at the Beckenham Golf Club, according to a front-page notice in today's New York Times. The shot, which was over level ground, was marked by his playing partner, a Mr. Potter. It cleared on the fly a bunker that's 250 yards from the tee. The longest drive before this was a 366-yard blast hit by Edward Blackwell on the 17th hole at St. Andrews in 1892. (He used using a gutta percha ball.) The best drive recorded in America -- a 374-yarder by Walter J. Travis (shown) -- is not regarded as authentic by golfers in Britain.