Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Russell & Co., of Boston, who published the well-known air to it, composed by Ernest Leslie, acknowledged that they had made more than four thousand dollars on the song, and they sent a messenger to Mrs. Allen, offering five dollars apiece for as many songs as she would write for them, which should be equally popular with "Kock me to sleep"! The royal offer was not accepted then; but when Mrs. Allen was a homeless widow, with two chil­dren in her arms, she sent the firm a little song,—which was promptly rejected, with the simple comment that they " could make nothing of it." The firm has since become? bankrupt.
The air here given is the production of J. Max Mueller, son of C. G. Mueller, a noted German composer. He was born in Altenburg, Germany, June 19, 1842, received a musi­cal education, and came to the United States in 1860. On the breaking out of the war in 1S61, he enlisted in the Twenty-ninth New York Volunteers, and subsequently was an Aid to General Steinwehr. He participated in many of the battles of the Army of the Potomac, and composed many songs while in the field. Since 1866, he has resided in West Chester, Penn., where he teaches music.
By special permission of Louis Meyer.