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Mere doggerel stuff, from the brain of some natural poet, away down in Dixie--'that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,' because no one as yet has ever reached it." We have no really national airs. "Yankee Doodle" is an unmeaning melody of foreign origin. As our correspondent says, it was played in derision of the Americans, by the British lifers during the Revolutionary war — Its true origin is from an unsuccessful oratorio, entitled "Ulysses," composed by William Smith. "Hail Columbia," originally the old "President's March," was composed by the German leader of the band at Trenton, after the battle. The "Star Spangled Banner is the old Irish tune of Bibo. The more modern song, so popular with the Unionists, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean," claims its origin from John Bull. Its transatlantic title was "Britannia, thou Gem of the Ocean." "Our Flag is There," another song tending towards nationality, is said to have been composed in South America.