The Saint Louis directory for the years 1854-5 :

To write a free, legible hand—suoh as should be used
in the keeping of books, the making out of bills, or ii
the ordinary correspondence of a business man—is a-dc-
rirable Aocwnphament in the education of young gen-
;K men for every profession; but, most especially, is it
an object cf iir.-i importance with those desiwusij quali-
fying themselves for mercantile and business pursuits.

No pains will be spared, on the part of the Professoi
in thin department, to give a free and natu nl us, of the
:rm, wrist and lingers, and to impart a u,l ivatcd tas e
for a plain, uniform and expedilioui?f-yrtcni if fine rii-
ing. Every thing rescin- ling a flourish pwitively pro-
hibited with those designed for the counting-room.