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

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"The Weather is Bitter Cold"         135
So Stephen Foster left Cincinnati for the last time. As he went aboard the Ida May he was, we must sorrowfully remind ourselves, a man whose musical genius was dimmed. He had completed nearly all of his great work: those songs which pass beyond period and locality and go straight to the timeless heart of humanity. Except for "Old Black Joe" and "Beautiful Dreamer/' his work and all that followed during the next five years in Pitts­burgh and New York were sad anticlimax.
When the boat drew out from the Cincinnati levee that November noon, the weather along the river, as the Gazette records,16 was "mod­erating, to all appearances." Like a portent for Stephen Foster the report reads further: "but towards evening the wind changed . . . and the weather is bitter cold."

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