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COMPOSERS OF SULLIVAN'S DAY 179
Henry Bird has in his possession an interesting souvenir of his friendship with the composer in the shape of a Moorish table inlaid with mother-of-pearl sandals. In a letter to him written after her husband's death two years ago, Madame Blumenthal writes : "It would give me great pleasure if you cared to have a little souvenir of our Tuesday evenings at Hyde Park Gate. It is a little coffee-table which I think you must often have seen in the smoking-room. We bought the mother-of-pearl clogs of Turkish women from Constantinople, and had them set in a table."
The name of Frank L. Moir is familiar as the composer of a number of popular songs, of which "Only Once More" and "Best of All" had perhaps the greatest vogue. Others that were well known some years ago were "A Knight of Old," "Children Asleep," "The Harbour Bay," "Watching for the Boats," "Grieve not, dear love," "The songs the children sing," and more recently, "Roll on, thou mighty sea" and " Down the Vale " (words by Gunby Hadath), but these are only a few of an immense number of songs by this composer, the words of many of which were written by Clifton Bingham.
To me the name of Frank Moir is associated with the fact that he set the first six lyrics I ever