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

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120             Youth's Golden Gleam
"Oh! Susanna, darling, take your ease, For we have beat the clipper fleet, The Sovereign of the Seas."2
The way those who stayed at home looked at those who followed the call of the Far West is revealed in the newspaper items. In March 1849 the Atlas quoted a contemporary as follows :3
Among those who have recently left the city for California, the Chronicle mentions the following: Wm. W. Walker, a gentleman who has been raised in our midst and en­deared to all who know him by qual­ities richer in worth than the ones he seeks; Wm. H. Harrison, a grandson of the late President Harrison, who, with the spirit of his ancestor, seeks the Western wilds; Lieutenant Browning, U.S.N., Mr. Van Buren and Mr. Simpson.
A month later the Gazette apparently took satisfaction in quoting from the Louisville Courier a report that "a party of five or six New Yorkers came back thoroughly disgusted with gold seeking. . . . During their entire progress they had not seen a speck of gold."4 And William Stewart, a Cincinnati machinist, inserted in the newspapers an advertisement5 for his water wheel as ^better than California gold!"

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