In late July 1898, O'Hare boarded the train
for a visit to New York "in the interest of some of his
musical compositions published in that city." Remarking
that the local composer's "pieces lately published by one
of the foremost New York music firms, notably M. Witmark &
Sons, are sold throughout this country, England, and Canada,"
the article next explains his trip: "The professor's publishers
have suggested that a visit from him to New York at this time
might be of special benefit to the success of his compositions
as it would place him in personal contact with those who produce
the latest and best music in public." Exactly which musicians
he met remains a mystery; nevertheless, two and a half weeks
after his departure, the first of two follow-up articles implies
that some such contact may have already occurred: "Prof.
William Christopher O'Hare of this city is at present in New
York City and is creating quite a sensation in the musical circles
of the great metropolis by his beautiful productions." Pointing
directly to a meeting, an article three weeks later reports,
"Prof. W. C. O'Hare has returned from a very enjoyable trip
to New York where he received an ovation from some of the most
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