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PRESENT-DAY WOMEN COMPOSERS 317
enjoyed an immense success, there being no less than six (pirated !) editions published there.
In this connection there is an amusing little story. While in America the composer had an interview with a musical publisher, and remonstrated with him for "stealing" her songs and publishing them without paying for them. Evidently the interview left an impression, for some time afterwards she received a beautiful bon-bonniere, on which was inscribed " Souvenir d'un editeur voleur americain ! " Composer and publisher have since become firm friends.
The song was also very popular in France, but it never had much success in England. It was, in fact, a good many years before this composer's songs began to make their way in this country, with the exception of " Say Yes" and "Mig-non." However, success came at last with "The Dawn " ; to be followed by "Because," "I hid my love," "I know a lovely garden," "I think," and "In the Great Unknown," all immensely popular songs, particularly " Because." Of her lighter songs the " Lesson with the Fan " is a great favourite.
Guy d'Hardelot tells a funny story about the value of compliments which are sometimes paid by gushing people to composers of popular songs. A lady came up to her in a drawing-room recently, and after indulging in the usual gush, said, "You