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"The Weather is Bitter Cold" 133
ing in the Gazette their discussion concerned "A Slave Code for the Territories," "Douglas at the South," and Lincoln's defeat for the Senate in Illinois.14 Eliza Russell may have played the piano, as in the old days.
In writing about his plan for this trip Stephen had said: "We will stir old John McClelland up in Cincinnati, make the children sing and bring in Billy's bass voice."4 We may wen imagine that the Fosters called at the McClelland residence, 364 West Fourth Street, to fulfil that promise. Billy Hamilton, who was to join his bass tones to those of Marion and Mary Wick, is authority for the story of other singing on this visit. As Hamilton reported in an interview in the Pittsburgh Press many years later,15 he and Stephen went one evening "to the office of the Commercial Gazette on Third Street, to see Cons Miller, river editor of that journal, with whom we were both well acquainted."
After a pleasant chat, we bade him good-by and started back to the boat to make preparations for our return to Pittsburgh. On our way down Broadway, we heard music and discovered a party of serenaders in the yard of a residence. . . . We stopped and listened. The melody was strangely familiar.
"Why, they are singing my song, 'Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming,' " exclaimed Foster.