Music: Birth of a Song

Reporter Karl Kingsley Kitchen, who digs up many a good yarn for the New York Sun, last week told "The True Story of the Origin of a Famous Song."

Clanking along through Indiana in a daycoach in the early 1890's, the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra removed his cuff and jotted down on it a tune. A young journalist, who was spending his vacation traveling with the conductor and his orchestra on tour, asked for a copy of the air. At a hotel that evening the musician scribbled the song on a piece of notepaper, gave it to his admirer....

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