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

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River Commerce                   17
line in every newspaper of towns and cities along the Ohio, the Missouri and the Missis­sippi; in the lives of their inhabitants The River and all its works and ways bulked large. This was especially true of Cincinnati, jocu­larly called Porkopolis, because of its great trade in hogs* brought in from the Western and Southwestern farms and shipped from Cincinnati on the river boats.
4-Dangers and risks abounded in the river traffic, as Irwin & Foster came to realize. The newspapers of the time carried frequent head­lines such as these:23
The steamboat Wyandotte was wrecked above Vicksburg on the night of the aist inst. and will prove a total loss. Thirty of the passengers and crew perished.
Dreadful Steamboat Explosion. . . boilers exploded and twenty-five per­sons were killed and wounded.
Steamer St. Joseph blew up and burnt to the water's edge. 15 killed,
AWFUL DISASTER—The new steamer A. N. Johnston ... exploded her boiler a few miles above Mays-ville . . . killing 50 to 60 of her pas­sengers out of 159.
* In the year 1849, 4°°>ooo hogs were slaughtered at Cincin­nati.22

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