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Sketch Of St. Louis. ix
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the arts to fix their abode; and here, too, will the opulent,
after the money-making bustle of the morning of life, in
the meridian and in the evening of their days, become
tasteful and munificent. The native marbles of South St.
Louis, Ste. Genevieve, and of Pulaski, on the Osage, will
be speedily introduced by the builders of the city, that
improvement in architecture may keep pace with the un-
exampled accumulation of wealth in St. Louis. To do
justice to St. Louis in a description of its component parts,
natural and artificial, would require more space than can
be appropriated in a gazetteer, in which is traced some
brief notices of every section of a state that classes with
the largest in the union."

The commercial importance which St. Louis has attain-
ed, has naturally created jealousy in the minds of many
who inhabit other growing and busy towns, above this
city, on the great rivers, and in the interior of the coun-
try. The inimitable and oft quoted sentence of Captain
Toby, which Mone puts in his mouth when addressing the
fly that had annoyed the old gentleman, micht here be
Appropriately repeated: "There is room enough in the
world for both thee and me!" Other towns may enter
into energetic and active competition with St. Louis; they
"may flourish, or may fade, "—still this proud city, while
conducting with them a mutually beneficial traffic, will
remain prominent, sustained with the capital, enterprise,
and intelligence, which form a basis only paralleled in sta-
bility by the foundation on which it slands. and the felici-
tous location chosen by its wise and liberal founders.

In casting the eye over the map of the United States and
Territories, it must always forcibly strike the observer,
that the central position of St. Louis gives this eity a pe-
culiar advantage: and it is known, that, when navigation
is open, steam vessels are arriving from, and departing,
daily, to all the cardinal points of the compass. The re-
volution of governments and in commerce have buUt up
and destroyed cities; the vicissitudes of fortune have de-
populated towns and countries; but nothing except the
great convulsions of Nature—earthquakes and hurncanee,
the pestilence and sword—can arrest the advancement of