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books, issued about that period, written Cincinnati men because they went out by travellers who had returned from the with baskets on their arms and bought far Western country, and had “mounts the family marketing, and was disgusted and marvels” (but true ones) to tell of the with Cincinnati women because they wonderful fertility of the Ohio soil, the scrubbed floors, washed dishes, and persplendid rivers, the astonishing enlight- formed all household duties of a like charenment of the citizens, the desirability of acter. Ohio as a residence State for English peo- Poor lady! she probably had a very ple, and so forth. Among those who were unpleasant experience of the West. The touched by the contagion was Mrs. Fran- people were wholly uncongenial to her; ces Trollope, whose querulous castigation she had nothing in common with them, of the people of the whole country in a and she felt herself to be isolated and disbook entitled Domestic Manners of the appointed. She effected a certain meaAmericans I have recently re-read. Her sure of retribution, however, on her own avowed and laudable object in going to account, by inflicting a very painful buildCincinnati was to secure a future for her ing on the town, her “Trollope's Bazaar," son, the late well-known novelist Anthony -a dismal, ill-contrived edifice, with hideTrollope. A dispassionate reviewer of the ous windows, half Gothic, half Moresque situation easily sees the rights and wrongs in style, the whole now happily extinct of Mrs. Trollope's story. She was a clever and done away with. The homes built literary woman, who was at home in the by some of her neighbors who came from salons of what is now called “Upper Bohe- Virginia are still standing in Cincinnati, mia," both in Paris and in London, a lin- and it is doubtful if modern architecture guist, and a person of refinement. In Cin- can much improve upon them. One of cinnati of course she was in exile; she the oldest of these edifices, which was found herself surrounded by persons standing until quite recently, was the Lywhose daily battle for bread left them no tle house, No. 66 Lawrence Street, which time for any thought of life's graces and was built in 1814 by General William adornments. Yet she absurdly brought Lytle, and has always been occupied by these pioneers into comparison with the his family and descendants. From bepeople whom she had left, and ridiculed | neath the portal of this noble old house

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General W. H. Lytle, the valiant grand- semblance between its outline and that of son of the first owner, departed to the a familiar domestic utensil. The modern wars, and never thence returned. He fell residences of the wealthy are to be seen at Chickamauga, crowned with bays both on the hill-tops. The mansions of Mr. as poet and as soldier. In 1837 Andrew Probasco and Mr. Shoenberger, at Clifton, Jackson visited Cincinnati, and was en- are castellated structures. The residence tertained at the Lytle house. Rose Cot- of Mr. Longworth, on Longworth Hill, is tage, a small-windowed, two-storied log a beautiful house, whose quaint gables house, built during the pioneer period, and old-fashioned elbows would have dewhen men's huts were their only forts, lighted Hawthorne; and Mr. Longworth's was still standing within a year or two. pictures also are worth a long journey to Judge Symmes and Nicholas Longworth see. All these Cincinnati collectors are both lived in this house, but both left it to generous as the sunlight in respect of enter upon the occupancy of very elegant showing their treasures.

And it is unand commodious residences indeed, and doubtedly the kindness in this wise of the which still adorn the city's streets. They great patrons of art in Cincinnati which are situated in the aristocratic East End, has kept ever warm that interest in art, a precinct which modern fashion has not that ambition for achievement in its many abandoned because it desires to go west, varied and beauteous paths, which so disbut which it can not enter because there tinguishes the population of Cincinnati. is no room. Broadway, Pike, Lawrence, The main business thoroughfare in Cinand the east ends of Third and Fourth cinnati is Fourth Street, though some streets offer no building lots to new-com- parts of Main Street, of Vine Street, of ers, nor any space for those who desire ex- Fifth Street, and of Third Street are very tensive grounds attached to their houses. active competitors in the race for commerAn interesting point in this part of the city cial supremacy. On the corner of Third is Flat-iron Square, so called from the re- and Vine is situated the Burnet House,

the first of that long succession of palatial | for the yearly local postage business hotels which the country has seen erected amounts to $50,000, and some twenty-one during the past thirty odd years. The millions of letters, postal cards, and newsBurnet was built in 1849 by a joint-stock papers are annually delivered. As rapidcompany, and it was then considered the ly as is consistent with sound workmanmost splendid building ever erected for ship the government is erecting on the hotel purposes in any country. Even north side of Fifth Street, between Main now, with all the surprises and grandeur and Walnut, a massive structure in the of modern architecture, the Burnet is still Renaissance style, to which, when coman imposing edifice, with its great cupola, pleted, the post - office, custom - house, its wide flight of granite steps reaching court-house, etc., will be removed. The from the street to the entrance hall, its dou- ground on which this splendid edifice ble wings, its extensive lateral fronts, etc. stands cost $700,000, and the structure

The small but well - proportioned Ro- will not fall much short of an expense of man-Corinthian temple on the corner of five millions. Large as this building is, Fourth and Vine is Uncle Sam's Cincin- the annals of the past give reason for benati custom-house, Assistant-Treasurer's lief that another generation or so of Cinoffice, United States courts, and city post-cinnatians will find it too small for muoffice. With only a frontage of 80 feet on nicipal requirements. In consequence of Fourth Street and 150 feet on Vine, it may this surmise, wise provision has been made well be imagined that all these govern- for the future by the purchase of contigument offices are very much cramped for ous ground, by means of which the govspace. Particularly is this the case with ernment buildings can be enlarged when the post-office, for the carrying trade in necessary. that line is heavy. People must write Returning to Fourth Street, where all to each other a good deal in Cincinnati, the world and his wife are strolling,

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cast a glance at the St. Nicholas restau- | those of this great Western daily newsparant and hotel, a fine square edifice which per. The name of Murat Halstead will used to be the town residence of the Groes- be universally recognized as that of an acbeck family, but which has long been complished man of letters; as that also of abandoned by them for a locality of more a keen and sparkling wit, a humorist aristocratic seclusion. The “St. Nick," whose satire daily stings hypocrisy and as Cincinnatians are wont familiarly to incompetency through the medium of his call it, is one of those luxurious eating- influential journal. Lately incorporated houses of the Delmonico order, which with the Commercial is the Gazette, one flourish well in our free-handed communi- of the strongest of Western newspapers, ties, where money comes rather easily, at established nearly seventy-five years ago, least to a certain favored class, and where and long published in the handsome there are plenty of people of cosmopoli- building on the corner of Vine and Sixth tan taste who enjoy careful and scientific streets. Mr. Richard Smith, the propricookery. Such modest works of art as etor, is one of the best known and most decorate the family dining-rooms at the St. public spirited of the citizens of Cincinnati, Nick are, as I, a frequent eye-witness, can and as a vigorous Ohio editor is known testify, of the most irreproachable descrip- from one end of the country to the other. tion.

Last year he merged his interests with On the corner of Fourth and Race those of the Commercial, which now streets stands the Commercial building, stands in the front rank of journalism, and the home of a newspaper whose reputation reflects nolittle credit upon the cultivation is national. The Cincinnati Commercial and general progress of the community to was founded in 1843 by Messrs. Curtis and which it belongs. Hastings, and ten years later (March 9, To go to the Enquirer office you must 1853) there was engaged upon its editorial leave Fourth Street and walk to the west staff a young writer whose fortunes have side of Vine Street, between Sixth and never since ceased to be identical with Seventh. In a tall, neat building of much more extensive proportions than the fa- seems to be an indispensable part of the çade indicates, by reason of its running daily duty or pleasure of the Cincinnatian, back on a rear lot, is published this gay, whatever the tone of his politics. dashing, and enterprising newspaper.

The Times-Star is a sprightly evening The forte of the Enquirer is its voluminous paper, and the Saturday Night a humorcorrespondence, both by wire and mail. ous weekly, through the medium of which On assuming editorial control of the jour- Minor Griswold, “The Fat Contributor," nal in 1877, Mr. John R. McLean at once sportively derides care for his fun-loving proceeded to put in practice a change readers. Quite a score of religious pawhich he was convinced was a wise one. pers are published every week in CincinBelieving that the majority of American nati, the organs of various Churches. The newspaper readers have no time to bestow German press in Cincinnati is very inin the morning upon the perusal of long fluential. The Volksblatt leads the van, editorials on the topics of the day, Mr. Mc- under the able editorship of Mr. F. HasLean entirely abolished the system, filling saurek, while the Volksfreund, the Freie the columns of his paper with bright cor-Presse, and the Abend Post have solid respondence sent from all quarters of the constituencies. globe. Two Bullock presses and a Hoe But here we are looking at the Fountperfecting press print the Enquirer. A ain, the immortal Fountain, the wonderglance at its columns furnishes evidence ful Tyler Davidson Fountain in Probasco of the lavish generosity of the proprietors Square. The history of this magnificent in expending large sums on telegraphed work of art has been often told, yet it poscorrespondence. To read the Enquirer sesses elements of romance which can

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