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

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86              Youth's Golden Gleam
constantly—the latter a large portion of time. They of course throw off vast quantities of work, and are con­stantly supplying orders from all parts of the country. The other estab­lishments also do a good business. The demand for music in the West, we understand, is rapidly increasing —a good indication of advancing cul­tivation and refinement.
Thanks to the editors Gallagher and Mans­field, the Cincinnati newspapers pointed the way in the West to "advancing culture and refinement" by featuring literary and musical news. The Gazette adopted an italicized side-heading New Music (quite in the best Eastern style) and with this caption carried items about recent publications.
These news notes, as one youthful reader would observe, referred not to "Ethiopian melodies" but always to dignified compositions for the piano and vocal protestations of sweet­ly eternal love.
Stephen must have been stirred to emula­tion when he read Mr. Gallagher's mention in the Gazette of local composers—such items as these:
New Music* "You Ask if I Love You," words by S. L. Ryder, music by E. Thomas, has just been pub­lished in a handsome style by 1. B. Mason. The melody of this song is

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