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

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CHAPTER V
THE QUEEN CITY OF THE WEST
"The City of Cincinnati.—A beautiful illus­tration of the cooperation between nature and art."—Daniel Webster.
I.
A FTER adolescent difficulties made more difficult by a loving family out of sympathy with his musical aspirations, Stephen was finding himself. He had the good fortune now to be on his own in a city whose cultural resources and standards were at once a discipline and a stimulus. Because environ­ment counts so vitally in creative* work, it is pertinent to sketch the background which be­came Stephen's heritage.
In the era of the 'forties Cincinnati seemed a venerable city. It was more than a half cen­tury old, founded at the close of the Revolu­tionary War and named in honor of those officers of General Washington who formed the Society of the Cincinnati.1 Geographical situa­tion and economic forces formed the founda­tion, but it was the character of its inhabi­tants which, upon that foundation, built the commercial and cultural importance of the city.
From its early days Cincinnati had men of energy and shrewdness so that, as James







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