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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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28              Youth's Golden Gleam
in the steamboat commission office at Cincin­nati. "Friends of all the Foster boys" were a certain group of young ladies of Pittsburgh, and, as his niece, Mrs. Evelyn Foster Morne-weck relates, Stephen "seems to have been greatly attached to all of them."3 He had earlier [1844] dedicated his first song "Open Thy Lattice, Love" to Miss Susan, the thir­teen-year-old daughter of Captain Ephraim Pentland, who lived next door to the Posters. To another "fair and sprightly" miss three years older, Mary M. Dallas, daughter of Judge T. B. Dallas, Stephen while at Cincin­nati dedicated two compositions, "Ah May the Red Rose Live Alway" and "Soiree Polka." Mary Dallas died in her youth, as did Mary D. Keller, another Pittsburgh girl whose name he placed on two title-pages: "There's a Good Time Coming" and 'Where is Thy Spirit, Mary?" He did the same for "beautiful Julia. Murray," daughter of the Honorable Magnus Murray, former mayor of Pittsburgh, the song being "Wilt Thou Be Gone, Love?" Julia was for a time engaged to Stephen's brother Mor­rison, but she married Jonn K. Le Moyne of Baltimore.1
Among his musical posies for home-town friends, special interest attaches (see Chapter viii) to tiie song Stephen dedicated to Mary H. Irwin, daughter of the Honorable Thomas Irwin, district judge of the United States Court at Pittsburgh,1 We can imagine that the clerk of Irwin & Foster took occasion to







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