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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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A Boy Visits Cincinnati                7
stores, banks and residences, four hotels and thirty churches.6
Within a short walk from the Cassilly home there were three music schools and several mu­sic stores where pianofortes were displayed, as well as stringed and wind instruments.7 We can see Stephy, who already played the flute and the piano with precocious skill, lingering before the show windows of the music stores. More boy than musician, he probably found even greater fascination in the exhibition at the Western Museum—an anaconda, a boa constrictor, and "great serpents of India ALIVE!"7
Possibly the Cassillys took Mrs. Foster, Henrietta and Stephy for a boat ride on the famous Miami Canal which, after being closed for two weeks, was again in use;8 thus repeat­ing the experience of sister Charlotte who in 1828 'Vent 10 miles up the canal and pass'd through several locks" and wrote that Cin­cinnati "is the most beautiful city in the western country. . . . The country around is very pretty."9
Possibly Mrs. Cassilly and Mrs. Marshall pointed out to Mrs. Foster that deserted me­mento of the English authoress who said such sharp things about pioneer Cincinnati, Mrs. Trollope's bazaar—an architectural combina­tion described by a New England visitor as "an odd looking concern, part church, part jail, part bank and part dwelling house."10

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