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The National Music of America. 267
and at Jefferson College (Cannonsburg, Pa.), Foster was always a desultory student and was largely self-taught. He made himself familiar with French and German and was a tolerably good painter. He taught himself to play the flageolet at seven years of age. Later on he familiarised himself with the compositions of the German classical com­posers. He acted as bookkeeper for his brother for some time. His first great suc­cess in composition was " Oh ! Susannah," and after this he poured out song after song, " My Old Kentucky Home " and " Massa's in de cold, cold ground" proving how thoroughly he was in sympathy with the Southern life and how well he could picture it in tones. He often attended negro camp-meetings and studied the music of the coloured people with assiduity. He married happily, in 1854. The life which began so charmingly was destined to meet with shipwreck. The appe­tite for alcoholic stimulant grew strongly upon
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