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

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Stephen Wins Success               91
two or three months ago, has become a decided favorite.
Stephen may have celebrated by attending the "Grand Concert" at the Melodeon that evening or one of the plays at the Atheneum or the National Theater. Possibly, since the Gazette reported that "summer is down upon us fiercely and suddenly," he merely strolled on that warm June evening with his precious newspaper clipping in his wallet, beginning to dream about a career not of business but of music.
Let us hope Stephen was congratulated upon the Gazette item by his good friends, Sophie Marshall and her mother, when they met on the following evening, as they surely must have, for a great event for the Marshalls and, indeed, for the city of Cincinnati. This was the launching of a steamboat named for Sophie's grandfather, Michael P. Cassilly. As the Chronicle reported it,15 "the M. P. Cas-sitty> the first brig ever built in the Queen City of the West, was launched from the shipyard of M. B. Hazen. A large concourse of people assembled to witness the launching."
4-It was to Sophie Marshall, as has been re­corded earlier in this book, that Stephen dedicated "Stay, Summer Breath," the second romantic ballad for which he wrote both words and music. The first, "What Must a

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