Edwards' annual directory to the inhabitants, institutions, incorporated companies, business, business firms, manufacturing establishments, etc., in the city of Saint Louis
Edwards' Tenth Annual
St. Louis Directory.
Historical And Commercial Review—Manufacto-
Ries, Leading Business Firms, Etc.
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[It is now over ten years since the publication of Edwards' City Directory was commenced in
this City. Since that time the public have had ample opportunity to examine its pages from year
to year, and pass upon its merits generally. The Publisher, satisfied that the verdict of the people
is unanimous in its favor, has in connection with the following Sketch of St. Louis, added a new
feature to the work, viz:— Editorial Notices of the prominent Business firms of the City. Trusting
that his efforts to please will receive all due consideration, he promises still further exertions to
make the Directory as meritorious and useful, as the City is enterprising and prosperous.]

To every inhabitant of the United States, the rapid growth of her
cities, and their onward march to greatness, is a theme for congratula-
tion, and to the denizens of and the emigrant from the Old World, a
matter for surprise and wonder. The growth of the eastern cities,
though held in check at times by causes beyond the control of those
whose interests were closely identified with their progression, have been
far in advance of any in the governments of Europe. But when we
contemplate the mighty strides in wealth and population of the cities of
America, lying west of the Alleghenies, the mind seems almost bewil-
dered, at the spectacle. Take for instance, the three great commercial
marts, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago. Compare the present with
the past—the home of the red man, and the abodes of civilization; the un-
cultivated prairies, the wilderness, and the hills and valleys now teeming
with richness and verdure. Then compare also the busy life of these
three cities with the silence which once reigned supreme, broken only
by the wild whoop of the Indian and the rushing of waters, and he
must be a cynic indeed, who cannot trace in all these things the work-
ings of a wise Providence, for the benefit of a people imbued with the
principles of freedom and independence.

The laudable ambition which stimulates the citizens of our western
cities for superiority, is one of the motive powers by which they achieve
greatness; and this, added to their natural resources, is perhaps the
grand key to their success. Take away ambition, and man descends to
Dbscurity and nothingness; take away both resources and ambition, and
he sinks to the level of the brute.

The almost spontaneous growth of our western cities, has employed