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70 Youth's Golden Gleam
"We don't relish the idea of walking up three flights of stairs"; and he suggested that Andrews, proprietor of the Eagle Ice Cream Saloon 'should fit up that fine hall over his Saloon and keep it for concertizing."1 Andrews took the hint and, in the following spring, he placed advertisements in the newspapers2 headed as follows:
Free Concerts Every Evening this Week at the
Ice Cream Tickets 12^ cents each, which is the only charge.
As manager for his concerts Andrews engaged Nelson Kneass, who was a composer,* a pianist, and a former singer of the Sable Harmonists. Kneass engaged two other minstrels, Joseph Murphy, likewise an ex-Sable Harmonist; and a singer and accordion player named Huntley.4 The evening concerts in the Eagle Saloon proving successful, "Afternoon Soirees" were added. And thus their music went along with multitudinous plates of ice cream from late May to the middle of July.5
Kneass reorganized the company in August, including four new singers: George Holman, Mrs. Harriet Phillips, Mrs. Eliza Sharpe, and Miss Clara Bruce.6 Later he took them out as
* Kneass was credited with having composed the music for the very popular song "Ben Bolt."3