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

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92              Youth's Golden Gleam
Fairy's Dream Be?" was published by W. C. Peters and copyrighted by him October 18, 1847 (^ same day on which he copyrighted "Lou'siana Belle").16 Our guess is that Ste­phen wrote "Stay, Summer Breath" during the summer of 1847; ^is is suggested by its publication fairly early in the summer of 1848.
"Stay Summer Breath" has a peculiar in­terest for us because of the degree to which Peters, Field & Co. advertised it. An announce­ment concerning it and other "Songs, Polkas &c . . . published recently" was printed con­tinuously in the Daily Chronicle from July 13 to December 1, 18485 inclusive. Among the others were "Songs of the Sable Harmonists," consisting of "Susanna," "Uncle Ned" (the original copy), "Lou'siana Belle"; the latter were given without credit to the composer, as Stephen then preferred. But following the title of his song composed in the musically and socially acceptable style appeared "S. C. Foster." His name was thus published one hundred and twenty-two times. There were doubtless also favorable displays of his com­positions in the music stores so generally patronized by professional and amateur mu­sicians of the city. Far from being an obscure bookkeeper who made no ripple on the Cin­cinnati musical waters, Stephen received quite as much local recognition as a modest young fellow in his early twenties could hope for.
Stephen's friend, Samuel P. Thompson, was probaoly interested with him in the double-







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