The Saint Louis directory for the years 1854-5 :
To whom it May Concern.

One, somewhat ’-posted up” touching Men and things. would, at first view naturally enough presume it but an easy and pleasing task, to teach another a tiling, which that person’s own Professional duties—the duties be owes to his Creditors—the duties he owts to his i’ami y as well as his own personal interest and reputation require him to know. Acting under suih mistaken n dions, and from a well matu’ed conviction, that none but a thorough Accountant, himself skilled in the prao- tioal duties and personally familiarized with the entire routine of the Counting-llouse. could suecssf’ully train young genii men for the perfo-mance of their duties as practical Book-Keepers, the Principal of this Institution KpjncJ Jones’ Commercial School of St. Louis, early in 184’, Vv0$ A nkw akd stkictly oltkilxal plan of im- parting instruction. Although that plan differs, in every essential particular, from those of its pradeoetton aod Ootemporanos, who had attempted, or, were endea- voring through the use of Bennett’s, Colt’s, l’ostei’s, and other works on B.ok-Keeking, to qualify young gentle- men as practical Acroun’ants, and invariably failed in their efforts, this school for along time seemed destined to share the same fate, but of late years things a mb to have changed, and the no’ions if business men have changed with them. Tb n it was nnivenaUy main- t lined that young gent] nun phouW go to tlie (’imnting- lltuse in orde- to be educat.d for btis’ne s pursui’S. Now it id pretty generally held t> be eanwnoiallj nece ary, that young gentium n be educated for the Counting-House just atmuofa so at for any other proftmioa mpursuits. For thirt e. c nsccu ie years we have lab. r ad in this City for the tconmpli bment irf b single object viz: The formation and permanent establishment of a reliable reputation as a Public Accountant, and Successful Educator. That has been our highest aim and this ur only Pn f ssion. How far we have succeeded in making an impression u>oii the business, community, we Lave our “Liviug Epistles” to say: mure than two hunircd of whom in this City are recognised as practical Book-Keepers and receiving as ample remuneration for heir serviees as those who have been qualified under any other circumstances. Our Rooms are open to the pub io liming business hours, and we have at all times adeavorcd to cultivate the friendly acquaintance (f Practical Accountants, knowing lull well that they only are fully prepared to appreciate what is if utiliiy. and reprobate that which is usiless in a business tducation, md we say without fear of contradiction that n ienced business man. or Practical Accountant, c n visit iur Rooms and become acquainted with our peculiar mode of imparting instruction and detect the flight Jifferenoe between our operations and those of tbe Counting House in which he was educated, and notwithstanding all this, there are some good men in thiscommuni y, gentlemen of reputed intelligence and high moral character, who are deservedly popular in their profession as Practical Accountants, that think they are doing thtii young friends a kindly office by indiscriminate y branding Commercial Schools and ColLges “Humbcgs"1I i(’or such we have never held unkind f clings. Indeed ntertaining the opinions they do and oc upying thi. i ositions they held, we cannot Bee how they ooul 1 believe n I do otherwise. The old fashioned Schools with which i v w. re aoquainted ’-in the diys of their youth” wet ill of this stamp, (i. e. Humbugs’.) and they never visit