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" Hail Columbia " — Originally an Instrumental Compo­sition — " The President's March " — Doubts about the Composer.
If an American were asked the name of his national anthem, he would probably pass by the rollicking "Yankee Doodle," and the bombastic " Hail Columbia," and acknowledge only the " Star-spangled Ban­ner." In Europe they have decided the matter differently. It is necessary, on state occasions abroad, when music plays its part in festivities, to know definitely what melody to perform as compliment to each nation. On such occasions the European bands play " Hail Columbia" as their homage to the United States. It was played, in such man­ner, when the first American war-ship passed
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