Green's St. Louis directory :
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hence) what Ohio and Kentucky are to Cincinnati?—or rather, what may
we not expect to find her, when Missouri and Illinois shall contain their
millions each, the present territories now tributary to her shall contain
their millions, and the territories yet unorganized and unnamed, stretch-
ing from the western boundaries of Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa, to the
great Pacific, which will be equally tributary, shall contain their mil-
lions? Without presuming to prophecy, would it be preposterous to pre-
dict, taking the past and the present as data from which to calculate the
future, that by the time "this generation shall pass away," St. Louis
will not be behind the then existing city of the third magnitude in the
Union? Let me here, then, hazard the prediction, that before the lapse
of time ordinarily allotted to one generation—about thirty-five years,
(or up to 1380) St. Louis will be surpassed only by New York and New
Orleans. In 1813, Cincinnati was estimated to contain 60,000 inhabit-
ants, and that in 1850 it would reach 125,000. the natural advantages
of Saint Louis Far surpass those of Cincinnati. The scope of country
dependant on Saint Louis far exceeds that dependant on Cincinnati,
and in a brief period the extraneous population dependant on the for-
mer will exceed, manifold, that dependant on the latter. All that Saint
Louis asks, by way of auxiliary—and it is what the whole West de-
mands, and in time will have—is, the fostering care of a kindly general
government, such as will give to all, navigable streams and good harbors.

In common with other cities, ours has come in for a share of the
embarrassment and paralysis so universal throughout the whole length
and breadth of our country, in its business operations, though not to so
great an extent as in many, or most other cities; but she is now rapidly
recovering her lost ground. The hum of business has revived—population
and capital are pouring in uponj us like a flood—manufacturing estab-
lishments are springing up in all directions, and the mechanical classes
are extending their borders in a corresponding ratio; and as to the
mechanical and manufacturing products of our city, they have taken the
exclusive place of those of other distant manufacturing cities, to which
we, and the country around us, used to look for supply. In short, the
products of our mechanics and manufacturers, in effect, almost form a
chevaux de frize across the Mississippi at the lower end of our wharf, with
respect to the important ef distant manufactures. Steam-enginery, all
sorts of machinery, carriages, agricultural implements, household furni-
ture—in fact, all articles of luxury, comfort, convenience, and necessity,
are now manufactured here in the mostelegant and substantial manner,
and in such abundance as to supply the demands of the city and country
around, to an immense extent; insomuch, that this is no longer a place of
consignment, as formerly, for the sale of the sale of the manufactures of other places,
sent here to find a market, but a place of production, for the supply of
other distnat markets. Many mechanics who left the city during the
late pressure have returned, declaring this to be the best place they could
find. Before the publication of another Directory of this city, we hope