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

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"The Weather is Bitter Cold"         131
his daughter, seven years old as he was then, and Henrietta's daughter to repeat the pleas­ures of their parents.
On the river journey to Cincinnati Stephen completed the composition of a song started earlier, "Parthenia to Ingomar," later a favorite in concert circles.5 The scenery along the Ohio viewed by the Foster pleasure party was overcast by "cloudy and gloomy" skies. As the column River Intelligence in the Gazette reported, "for nearly three weeks we have had cloudy, dull cold weather, with scarcely a gleam of sunshine."6 The same newspaper says that there was "a large amount of activity and bustle on the levee" at the time the Fosters would be landing.
The little girls were surely excited, as had been their parents before them, with the spectacle of the great strange city. There were the busy streets and store-windows displaying toys and carpets and, as one advertisement shouted, "Furs! Furs! Furs! Ladies! Fancy Furs!"7 Possibly the girls were taken to some­thing very educational and cultural, the Modern Gallery of Art "now open at No. 100 West Fourth Street . . . where may be seen the finest paintings of all time."8 Stephen would doubtless vote for attending the New National Theater that week, where the per­formance included "Knight of Arvo" and "Paddy Mile's Boy."9
We are certain of one beautiful sight that the Fosters enjoyed: a grand snowstorm. This







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