St. Louis directory :
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the red man, the introduction of civilization, and the founding of a “town,” numbering five thousand five
hundred souls ! These astonishing facts he placed upon record, with evident self-satisfaction, and added,
exultingly, thatl; St. Louis had grown very rapidly! What would he think now, if he could be permitted
to revisit the earth, to find here a city rivaling, in everything that serves to make up a great commercial
emporium, nearly every other in the Union—with her fleet of magnificent steamers, compactly lining her
wharves for miles—her hundreds of extensive mercantile and manufacturing establishments—her thousand!
of busy merchants, manufacturers and artizans, and the tens of thousands of all other classes, citizens and
strangers, who crowd every mart and thoroughfare—a city with an enlightened, moral, and energetic popu-
lation, numbering one hundred and forty thousand, with every prospect of nearly doubling that popu-
lation ere the close of the present decade ! These, with the thousands of noble and stately edifices, public
and private, that would meet his view, on every hand, would doubtless lead him to suspect that something
not far short of supernatural influence had wrought the changes which surrounded him!

We imagine that La Clede and his comrades never, even in their wildest dreamings, anticipated a tithe of
what reality has developed, as to the growth and importance of their once trading-post. When they erected
their rude tents here, on the margin of the “Father of Waters,” it never occured to them that they were
founding a city, destined soon, to outstrip in wealth, population and refinement, every other west of the
Alleghanies; that their birch canoes or rude keelboats were so soon to give place to the magnificent steam-
ers that divide the waters of our noble river and her tributaries—those immense and gorgeous floating
palaces that deck our wharf—or,

“Walking the waters like a thing of life,”

Convey to our marts thousands of passengers, and the surplus wealth of millions of happy and prosperous
people. Or, to the hardy and adventurous pioneer—

“Whose axe rang wildly through those forest shades,
Which from creation t’ward the sky had towered
In unshorn beauty”—

That he was preparing the site for giant edifices, soon to rear their heads towards heaven, rivaling,
in grandeur and magnificence, the temples of Oriental history; that his remote retreat would be so suddenly
invaded by the tread of Empire; that the wings of Commerce would so soon waft her treasures to this
shore, and she herself take up her permanent abode here on the west bank of the Mississippi.

These reflections probably never occurred to those stalwart men—whose fancied paradise was a country
tenanted by savage beasts, and a home environed by still more savage men—who courted danger for its ex-
citement, and shunned society for its monotony—who,

“When Hyperion waked the blushing morn,
To rear his gorgeous sapphire throne on high,”

Set out upon the chase, indifferent, alike, as to whether the buffalo or the savage first met the aim of their
unerring rifles.

But, if tho past has so transcended all expectation—if St. Louis has been so miraculously transformed,
from a mere Indian trading-post, (and that, too, in a period within the memory of some of her present
citizens,) to a great and prosperous city, without the aid of those fortuitous circumstances which usually
contribute to the advancement of great emporiums, what are we to anticipate from a future, already glowing
with brilliant promise!

An enlightened policy has stricken the shackles from the enslaved energies of our great state, by giving
aid to our projected railroads, and enabling us to increase our banking facilities to an extent commensurate
with the demands of trade. Manufacturing establishments are being multiplied, and, with the increased
facilities afforded by our railroads, for obtaining the raw material used in these establishments, (which scien-
tific research has proved to exist in inexhaustible quantities in our soil,) it requires no foresight to determine
that, next to commerce, manufactures will most engage our attention.

The new territories of Kansas and Nebraska, now rapidly filling up, should make St. Louis the depot for
the surplus products of their teeming virgin soil; in return for which our merchants and manufacturers
will reap a golden harvest, in furnishing the goods and implements necessary to supply their large and in-
creasing population. The trade of these two incipient states must not be diverted from its legitimate channel
by any act of ours, but rather be invited, by the exhibition of a proper degree of courtesy and good feeling.

The superior geographical position of St. Louis, as the center of an immense region of fertile country,
and lying on the direct route, marked out by nature, as the great national highway, connecting the Atlantic
and Pacific oceans—her present and increasing accessibility to commerce—the rapid development and grow-
ing population of all the surrounding country—the facilities which will soon be afforded to business, in the
increase of a home currency—the erection of a bridge across the Mississippi, connecting us with our neigh-
bors in Illinois, thereby greatly appreciating the value of their lands, and tending to enhance their wealth
and population—with many other advantages, which might be stated—combine in bespeaking for St. Louis
a prosperity brilliant as the sun, and lasting as time!