The St. Louis directory and register :
Notes on St. Louis.
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There is a Masonic Hall in which the Grand Lodge
of the state of Misouri, the Royal Arch, and the Mas-
ter masons' Lodges are held. Connected with this
excellent institution, is a burying ground, where poor
Masons are interred at the expense of the Fraternity.
The Council Chamber of Gov.Governor William Clark, where
he gives audience to the Chiefs of the various tribes
of Indians who visit St. Louis, contains probably
the most complete Museum of Indian curiosities, to
be met with any where in the United States; and
the governor is so polite as to permit its being visit-
ed by any person of respectability at any time.

There are two fire engines, with properly organ-
ised companies; one of which is in the North part of
the town, and the other in the South; every dwell-
ing and store has to be provided with good lea-
ther fire buckets.

Mr. Samuel Wiggins, is the proprietor of two ele-
gant and substantial Team-Ferry Boats, that ply re-
gulary and alternately, from the bottom of North H.
street, near the Steam boat Warehouse, to the oppo-
site shore. The great public ability of this mode of
conveying persons & property across the Mississippi
needs no comment, but gives the enterprising owner
of them, a high claim to the patronage of his fellow-
citizens. The River at the ferry is 1 and an 8th
mile in width. Opposite the upper part of the town
and above the ferry, is an island about one mile and
an half in length, containing upwards of 1000 acres:
it belongs to Mr. Samuel Wiggins. A considerable
sand bar has been formed in the river, adjoining the
lower part of the town, which extends far out, and has
thrown the main channel over on the Illinois side;
when the water is low it is entirely dry, and is covered
with an immense quantity of drift wood, nearly suffi-
cient to supply the town with fuel, and only costs the
trouble of cutting and hanling: this is of great conse-
quence to the inhabitants of St. Louis, particularly as
the growth of wood is small in the immediate neigh-