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

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The Queen City of the West          41
still in existence. The disposition to ornament these pretty villas and render them attractive leads to the culture of trees and flowers, and the laying out of well kept gardens, the sight of which, to those who walk along the streets, is inexpressibly re­freshing and agreeable.
I was quite charmed with the ap­pearance of the town and its adjoin­ing suburb of Mount Auburn, from which the city, lying in an amphi­theater of hills, forms a picture of re­markable beauty.
There was another side of the picture that was not so attractive. Commenting on criti­cisms of littered thoroughfares, E. D. Mans­field admitted in the editorial columns of the Atlas* that 'our streets are not kept as clean and pleasant as they ought to be." Harriet Beecher Stowe9 told of the muddy road up to Mount Auburn, rejoicing that it was muddy for a sad reason: it kept the hoodlums of the city from attacking Lane Theological Semi­nary when they thought runaway slaves were hidden there.
No faithful picture of Cincinnati of the 'forties and 'fifties could omit reference11^ to certain disgraceful disturbances—the race riots of 1841, the bank riot of 1842, the war-time riots of 1848, and the riots of 1853 and l%$5-

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