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

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CHAPTER XIV
THE FORTY-NINERS PASS THROUGH
"Oh! California That's the land for me!" —Marching song to the music of "Oh! Susanna,"
I.
T HERE followed within six months the streaming of emigrants through Cincinnati on the rush to California. "The Gold Excitement,;' "The Thirst for Gold/' "An Incident in Gold Digging/' "Route to California"—such were the head­ings of items which peppered the news pages.1 As has already been told, Irwin & Foster in the spring of 1849 had their share in the trans­portation of emigrants bound for the great starting point for wagon parties, Indepen­dence, Missouri. Without in the least planning it, their bookkeeper contributed a more vital and picturesque share. Stephen's "Oh! Susan­na," of which no one knew the author, was caught up by these west-bound travellers in a fashion made familiar to the present genera­tion by Emerson Hough's novel The Covered Wagony and by the motion picture based upon it. How they dropped the "come from Ala­bama" and added fresh words to the irresist-







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