William E. Pearl 
Last updated: 22.06.17
All that can presently (May 2013) be gleaned about by internet searching is that William E. Pearl is the one-off composer of Pearl's Rag (1914) published by The H. Kirkus Dugdale Co., Washington, D.C., USA.
Surfers are welcome to contribute information about this composer.

Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD