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Break the news to mother
Additional title: Just break the news to mother, she knows how dear I love her. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: While the shot and shell were screaming upon the battle field. [first line]
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Composer)
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Lyricist)
Clauder, Jos. (Joseph) (1853-1913) (Arranger)
Barry, Lydia (d. 1932) (Singer)
Wightman, Hazel Hotchkiss (Owner)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Place: Milwaukee, Wis.
Publisher: Chas. K. Harris
Library locations
Music Division
Love, Maternal
Dying declarations
Content: Cover includes drawn illustrations depicting a group of soldiers welcoming a recruit; soldiers examing the dead soldiers; a solder breaking the news to the soldier's mother. Background of cover includes a United States flag and rifle; illustration belows shows recruit carrying the flag as he is wounded.
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by Lydia Barry. Cover includes photograph of Lydia Barry.
Content: Signature of former owner on cover at top right: Hazel Hotchkiss, Healdsburg, [California].
Content: Summary: During a military battle, the captain notes that the flag has fallen and asks for a volunteer to raise it; a young recruit volunteers and raises it but is shot, and his dying words are for others to remember him to his mother, and give his love to her.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Chas. K. Harris.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (8 p.) ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e1c64490-c591-012f-3d76-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1864: Creator Born
  • 1897: Issued
  • 1930: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Break the news to mother" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1746-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Break the news to mother" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 9, 2020. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1746-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1897). Break the news to mother Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1746-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Break the news to mother