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

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Poet, Musician and Man           105
merely poetical is illustrated in the incident Morrison has related in saying that his sympathies were "always with the lowly and the poor":18
Once on a stormy winter night a little girl, sent on an errand, was run over by a dray and killed. She had her head and face covered by a shawl to keep off the pel tings of the storm, and in crossing the street she ran under the horse's feet. Stephen was dressed and about going to an eve­ning party when he learned of the tragedy. He went immediately to the house of the little girl's father, who was a poor working man and a neigh­bor whom he esteemed. He gave up all thought of going to the party and remained all night with the dead child and her afflicted parents, en­deavoring to afford the latter what comfort he could.
Another brother, Henry B. Foster, wrote that Stephen "was a firm believer in the gospel of Christ and ever had an abiding confidence in His mercy."19 As has been brought out, the Fosters were a devout Episcopalian family. Stephen's older sister, Ann Eliza (who had a hand in his tutoring as a boy), married an Episcopalian rector, the Reverend Edward Y. Buchanan, a brother of President James







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