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 - Stephen C. Foster, Tie .Vcw York Times Saturday...
Stephen C. Foster, Tie .Vcw York Times Saturday Review of Books: The Sentinel, Milwaukee, about July 1002. printed notes on the composer. Stephen Collins Foster, "by a well-known well-known well-known local musician." Anecdotes afloat are often in unexpected corners. If collected, an interesting interesting life might, be compiled; but it would be uneventful.' He was no Korner or Rouget tie I'lslo. As the negro minstrels are nearly all gone, any direct particulars will have to come soon, I waa " mixed up " with the later generation, but, like all the Ann Street printers' boys, I often used to aee him and hall him with whistling one ef his ever-popular ever-popular ever-popular airs' as he proceeded to his haunt. This rendezvous with cronies-Graham, cronies-Graham, cronies-Graham, the magaslne publisher, whom Mr. Chi Ids rescued here, " Greenhorn " Thompson, Thompson, " Gaslight " Foster, (no kin.) and the like, held symposium In the " groggery," hack room of the " Dutch " corner grocery, slipping In by the aide door in "Tin pot" Alley. This descriptive nam hid the vanished vanished splendor of Theatre Alley, erstwhile the trystlng place of the beaus waiting to mm thf man leo the atae door of tho Park Theatre. The chief theatrical organ had offices overhead, though the Inlet was on Nassau Street, so that the negro minstrel minstrel men, the Chrlstys, Bryans, Horns, or Whites, were wont to. give a look In at " No. One Around the Corner." and see that Steve's slate was not heavy with scoring. As in Graham's case, kind hearts tried to pluck the old " ha'nts " from this cave of the shades. Henry Morford, editing Anson Herrlcks Atlas, used patheTlcally to relate relate how he Ingeniously Inveigled Foster out of the scurvy " Mermaid's " clutches, sobered sobered him, put him in " the clawhammo" " and ruffled shirt of the times, and presented presented him as the ruling spirit to a select party. Toung ladles dreamed of " The Hasel Dell " and wished to be a lady like " Nelly twas a lady!)." But the ducky waiters, also worshipping the author of "The Old Folks," (Apollo! If poor Steve had ever imagined Christine Nllason singing it!) and "My Old Kentucky Homo! " would insinuate insinuate a glass as he sat at tha piano, and he had to be removed at too oar.iy an hour. Oh, the wormwood in " the honey of his music vows! " would sob Morford, in his Othello voice he was reader at the 8upreme Court. But inebriety inebriety was inherent in the sons of the three-bottle three-bottle three-bottle men. Foster waa not, technically, a musician, but he created that catching and clinging melody which is beloved. It was the backbone backbone of the negro minstrelsy which captivated captivated England and fastidious Paris. Teftr after year, in the Paris spectacles, one might bear the familiar rir that they call "Drinn! drlna!" being the senseless burden; burden; the gallery gods of the St- St- Martin Theatre Insist on It. as the cockney on - Rule Britannia " before he win settle down to his pantomime. When Foster's part singing and the repeat" echo " effect were first heard at the St. James Theatre, London, the (jueen, a devotee of harmony, listened, charmed, to Germon. the vocalist. We know that "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming " Impressed her, for fifty years after, st a Windsor concert, on the band playing for an encore a fantasia on a popular air. she asked Its title. The equery reported thst the leader said " Come Where the Boose Is Cheapest! " being Coburn's parody in vogue, Victoria simply said: "It Is astonishing what odd names the musicians musicians now-a-daya now-a-daya now-a-daya now-a-daya now-a-daya give their compositions! " If her memory had been aa accurate for the music Ian aa for the music, Foster might have been revived. But there Is still time to raise a memorial to his grave at Ittts-burg. Ittts-burg. Ittts-burg. And his natal day being the Fourth of July. (ItCO.) .It might be a gala for the profession whom he lncommensurably benefited. benefited. HENRY LLEWELLYN WILLIAMS. Pearl River. N. Y., July 30. W0B. f

Clipped from The New York Times, 25 Jul 1903, Sat,  Page 22

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The New York Times
(New York, New York)
25 Jul 1903, Sat  • Page 22

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