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floor of the apartment and the avenues'of approach to it thickly carpeted, to exclude as effectually as possible all noises, inside as well as outside of his own premises. The furniture of this room consisted of a chair, a lounge, a table, a music-rack, and a piano. From the sanctum so chosen, seldom opened to others, and never allowed upon any pretence to be disarranged, came his choicest compositions. If Mr. Foster's art embodied no higher idea than the vulgar notion of the negro as a man-mon­key—then it might have proved a tolerable catch-
penny affair, and commanded an admiration among the boys of various growths until its novelty wore off. But the art in his hands teemed with a nobler signifi­cance. It dealt, in its simplicity, with universal sym­pathies, and taught us all to feel with the slaves the lowly joys and sorrows it celebrated. May the time be far in the future ere the lips fail to move to its mu­sic, or sympathetic hearts to respond to its influence; and may we, who owe him so much,preserve gratefully the memory of the rare master, Stephen Collins Foster.
OLD FOLKS AT HOME.
Stephen C. Foster.
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