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It occupies a plain, which rising gently and gradually at an
angle of about two and a half degrees, to a distance of six
hundred yards from the river, terminates in a horizontal
plane, which extends far to the west, north and south.—
The city is built entirely over a substratum of lime stone,
whirh runs from the bed of the river along the whole
eastern front of the city, and for several miles above and
below, back into the interior to as great a distance. This
natural advantage gives solidity and permanency to the
buildings, furnishes inexhaustible quarries for use or em-
bellishment, and affords to the city an unvarying, safe and
commodious harbor and landing place. The wharf, along
the entire fronl of the city, is a hundred and fifty feet wide,
and the most of it is graded and paved.

In a commercial point of view, the location of St. Louis
is peculiarly fortunate. Its vicinity to the confluence of
two great rivers, gives it the command of all the com-
merce of the countries lying on those streams and their
tributaries, and renders it the depot of all the mineral and
agricultural wealth of those regions; in addition to which,
its proximity to the mouth of the Ohio gives it an easy ac-
cess to the whole range of territory lying west of the Al-
leghany mountains.

"The vast number of buildings which have been erected
last season and this year, have extended the city much be-
vond its chartered limits; and the general pressure in com-
mercial transactions has not in the least retarded the im-
provement of St. Louis. The inducements to build up the
city are as strong as ever, consisting in the continued high
rents, and the great and increasing demand for dwellings,
business houses and offices. Heavy business operations
are driving the retail dealers back from Front and from
Main or First streets, and property in the back streets,
cross streets, and in some of the alleys, is increasing in
value m an unparalleled extent.

Some difference of opinion exists as to the relative beau-
ty and value of the north and south unimproved grounds
adjoining the city. But those who are so fortunate as to
possess either, will speedily derive so much advantage from
this real estate, as to feel no envious emotions with refer-
ence to their fellow-citizens whose interest lies in an oppo-