St. Louis directory :
20 Overland Mail To San Fancisco.
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Foreign Rates Of Postage via Marseilles.

Steamers leave London for Calcutta on the 4th and 20th of every month, via Southampton. On the 10th
aad 26th of every month, via Marseilles. China,via Southampton, 4th; Marseilles, 10th of every month.

A mail is made np for St. John, Newfoundland, twice a month only, by the British steamers from
Boston. Postage on a single letter is five cents. Newspapers and periodicals at the usual United
States rates. Pre-payment required.

A mail is made np for the British provinces via Halifax, by the English steamers from Boston. The
postage on a single letter thus sent is live cents, to be pre-paid. The postage on newspapers aud peri-
odicals to these places, is at the regular United States rates, to and from the line, to be paid in the United
States.

Newspapers two cents each, prepayment required. The above is the United States postage only.

Except for Acapulco, on the Pacific, and vicinity, the mails for Mexico, will be dispatched by the United

States Steamship Line from New Orleans, via Tampico to Vera Cruz, three times a month.

China 10 cents, being the United States Postage San Franciso. Pre-payment required.

New South Wales 10 cents, being the United States Postage San Franciso. Pre-payment required.

Sandwich Islands 10 cents, being the United States Postage San Franciso. Pre-payment required.

By mail to San Francisco, thence by private ship.

Newspapers and periodicals must be prepaid the regular domestic rates to San Francisco. The rate pay-
able on letters at the point of destination in the Sandwich Islands, is five cents, and on newspapers two
cents each. Iu China and New South Wales, the ship postage, it is understood, is comparatively trifling.

Canada 10 Cents when uot over 3000 miles from the line of crossing.
15 cents, where distance exceeds 3000 miles.

New Brunswick 10 Cents when uot over 3000 miles from the line of crossing.
15 cents, where distance exceeds 3000 miles.

Cape Breton 10 Cents when uot over 3000 miles from the line of crossing.
15 cents, where distance exceeds 3000 miles.

Prince Edward's Island 10 Cents when uot over 3000 miles from the line of crossing.
15 cents, where distance exceeds 3000 miles.

Nova Scotia 10 Cents when uot over 3000 miles from the line of crossing.
15 cents, where distance exceeds 3000 miles.

Newspapers and periodicals are chargeable with the regular United-States rates to and from the line,
which postage mast all be paid in the United States. Editors, however, may exchange Iree of expense.

Overland Mail To San Francisco.

For the following article we are indebted to the Annual Report made to the Chamber of Commerce by the
Secretary, W.B. Baker, Esq.:

One of the most interesting events of the year was the successful accomplishment of the Overland Mail

enterprise between St. Louis and San Francisco; establishing not only the practicability of the route—
divergent as it is from a direct line—but giving promise, under matured appointments, of lessening the
contract time very materially. The first arrival was heralded at this termiuns on the 9th of October, in
something less than twenty-five days. The mail from this side reached the Pacific about the same time,
and both achievements received appropriate attention from the two cities. At San Francisco the event was
celebrated in an imposing manner, proportioned to its importance to that isolated section of the Union. It
was hailed as a means of transit by which the wealth and permanent prosperity of the country could be
developed; as an inducement to the speedy settlement of the immense territory lying between the Eastern
borders of California and Oregon, and the western lines of Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, (such is the
language of the Resolutions,) and as affording facilities for and a security to emigration, which will very
soon attract a vast population; as a thoroughfare within the domain of the United States, calculated to bind
tgether the East and West, and to unite by firmer ties the States whose shores are laved by the waters of
the two great oceans, and by creating a warmer sentiment of brotherhood between different sections,
hitherto separated by natural barriers; as an emancipation from the thraldom of the only speedy routes
hitherto available, the necessity of whose use had subjected their citizens to the dangers and privations of
sea travel and oft-repeated indignities and wrongs from semi-civilized foreign governments. A gentleman
who passed through on this first trip, gave, on the occasion of the celebration, an interesting statement of
the journey, in the following brief manner:

" For the first one hundred and sixty miles from St. Louis he traveled on the Pacific Hail way to Jeffer-
son City ; thence by Concordia coach to Springfield, through the richest agricultural region in Missouri;
thence to Fayettville, Arkansas, through the Ozark Mountains. This part of the route is the roughest en-
countered. He next went on to Fort Smith, the intersection of the Memphis route. Fifteen minutes after
they arrived at this point, the Memphis mail came in, which is the best evidence that the junction is at the
proper place on the route. After leaving Fort Smith, passed through the Choctaw country to Red Bivcr.
The Indians are perfectly quiet. Sherman, Texas, was the next settlement; thence to Gainseville. The
country in this section is very fine and well wooded. Phantom Hill, a deserted military station, was next
stopped at, and successively Forts Belknap and Chadbourne. At both of these forts a few soldiers are sta-
tioned. From Fort Chadbourn to head waters of Concha River, the southernmost point on the route, and