Green's St. Louis directory :

ly nothing was saved. One incident, of which we have heard as having
occurred in the ``American Bottom,’’ is worthy of note. There is a knoll
or rising ground in the ``Bottom,’’ to which, as the water rose, the stock of
the neighborhood instinctively restored for security. It was soon densely
populated; and as the water rose higher and higher, and the solid terra
firma disappeared beneath, this population became more and more dense,
in consequence of the diminution of the space occupied by them. At length
the knoll became so nearly covered that there was not room for all, and the
smaller animals first, and afterwards the larger, were compelled to com-
mit themselves ``to he mercy of a rule stream,’’ that bore them forever
away from human sight.

In this distressing exigency, hundreds of families fled to this place, per-
fectly destitute, as to ``a city of refuge.’’ Here, all the comfort and relief
was administered that could, be, and our philanthropic and humane citi-
zens appered to vie with end emulate each other, as to who of them, who
could, should do the most. There rich ``cast in of their abundance,’’ and
the ``Poor widow her two mites’;; and if the sufferers have not been re-
sotred to thei previous condition, it is more attributable to the inadequacy
of finite means, thatn to the lack of proper disposition.

I would that I could here do that honor to the meritorious, individually,
which the mere mention of their names would confer; but that is imprac-
ticable, as aI neither know all their names, nor would I have room for them
i I did know them. The ladies, like those of old, of whom it is honorably
recorded, were

``Last at the cross, earliest at the grave,’’

on this occasion, too, signally distinguished themselves by their incessant
devotion to the cause of destitute and suffering humanity. But, while I
cannot do justice to all, for the reason just mentioned, I fell imperiously
called upon to make individual mention of the name of our worthy Mayor ,
Hon. BernardPratte, , for the part he performed, both personally and
officially, in ministering to the wants of the destitute: and our medical
corps will never experience the pangs of remorse, or disturbed slumbers, on
account of the many, and, in some cases, the long continued, gratuitous pro
fessional services rendered to the sufferers, from disease induced by anx-
iety, exposure, and privations.

The injury sustianed by St. Louis, from this calamity, is more consequen-
tial than immediate. The loss sustained by damage and property, floated
off was considerable, but the rout and discomfiture which the inhabitants
of the lower part of the city sustained, was more serious, as being of circum-
stances less able to sustain them. Most of the inhabitants east of Carondelet-
avenue were compelled to decamp; also, along Front street, the whole length
of the city above Carondelet-avenue, and part of the south First and Sec-
ond streets. These were driven from thei houses, but, unlike the country
people, they had the facilities at hand for saving their effects, and return-
ing to their homes when the ``waters were abated.’’

These may be considered as the immediate effects of the flood; the conse-
quenial consists in the check which it gave to business generally. Occur-
ring in, and continuing throughout the most active business season of the
year, (the mohth of June) the effect was, the rendering it a perfect blank