Many thanks for the info. I shall have a serious look at them, and give it some thought. The Patents were most helpful. We are never too old to learn a new trick or two. I wonder if there is a special design for a zither banjo.
Of course, I'd be happy to. I've been meaning to see what I had versus the ones you've posted versus the ones that library made available in pdf form a few years ago, anyway. I'm greatly impressed by the offerings you've made available; you must be a man of great patience to watch your scanner creep across browning paper that way.
Anyway, I had some other scanning to do and will add in that issue and post it somewhere here. There's some interesting stuff to be found in those issues; I got a passel of them years ago before the "internet" made things a little more available and I used to spend hours perusing them after I was done with work; strange facts and references would surface to odd slang terms or early banjo pieces that predated the cake walk or ragtime by many years generally agreed upon as those forms "first apps." (In fact, there's a piece called "Uncle Joe's Cake Dance" in the issue following the Weston death notice -- 1890!) I love that Stewart feels the need to make it clear that he's hastily paid overdue royalties to Weston's widow in the obituary itself. What a jerk.
I feel sort of bad because I have a fair amount of material which I simply don't have the time at the moment to scan in, though I hope to do a book at some point collecting the best of it.
In the meantime, I greatly enjoy your taciturn videos and to-the-point postings, especially when you play a new Weston piece; I dunno why he's not a more studied composer; I mean, he's an African-American banjoist who left behind a legacy of actual, published music, right? So thanks for focusing on him.
I think I've got about a dozen or so original Weston sheets, though they're bound and so difficult to scan; I can try to make up a list for you, as well, if you're interested.
P.S. I just saw I can "add you as friend," which I will do, if there's no objection!