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A Biography Of America's Folk-Song Composer By Harold Vincent Milligan

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TRAGEDY
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man sitting there, smoking a pipe. I told him what I wanted and he said 'Go look for him.' I went around peering into the coffins, until I found Steve's body. It was taken care of by Winterbottom, the undertaker, in Broome Street, and removed from Bellevue. The next day his brother Morrison, and Steve's widow, arrived.I They stayed at the St. Nicholas Hotel. When Mrs.j Foster entered the room where Steve's body was lying,! she fell on her knees before it, and remained for a long time."
The body was sent back to Pittsburgh, the Pennsyl­vania Railroad and the Adams Express Company refus­ing any remuneration for their services.
The train met with an accident at a point about five miles above Tyrone, where a bridge across the Little Juniata gave way, dropping two passenger coaches into the stream; but the baggage car, containing Stephen's body, was not affected by the wreck. The funeral took place in Trinity Church, Pittsburgh, January 21st, 1864. The music was in charge of Henry Kleber, and according to the Pittsburgh 'Commercial' of January 22nd:
Rev. Swope, Rector of Trinity Church, assisted by Dr. Page of Christ Church, Alleghany, conducted the services. There was a large attendance at the church, a goodly number of which followed the remains to their last resting place on earth. After a chant by the choir, the Episcopal service was read by Dr. Page. The hymn commencing,
Vital spark of heavenly flame,
Quit, oh quit this mortal frame!
was sung by Mr. H. Kleber, to an air from the Oratorio, "Joseph and His Brethren." After which the remains were placed in the ' hearse and the cortege moved off. At the cemetery gate the remains were met by the Citizen's Brass Band, which performed, "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming" and "The Old Folks at Home," which to our mind, were sadly and impressively appropriate. The ' spot selected for his final sleep is in the most lovely part of the ceme­tery, and alongside of his father and mother.
There were no "great headlines in the papers," al­though several of the newspapers published obituary notices, notably the New York "Evening Post," which







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