All that can presently (September 2019) be gleaned about Frank J. Gurney from sheet music covers and by internet searching is that he has 6 works published between 1895 and 1897.
Of ragtime interest is Dance of the Nighthawks
(1897) published by M. Witmark and Sons
, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, USA.
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