Of all the great cities that have sprung so rapidly into existence in this glorious western country, St. Louis is destined to claim the precedence in com mercial greatness and prosperity; therefore, we send forth this little work, in an humble way, to establish facts and figures relative to her rapid and extraer dinary growth, her location, unsurpassed for health and beauty, her unlimited resources, her wealth and power as the great Metropolis of the West. Although our limits will be brief, we believe that in publishing such a work, we meet the demands of the public. We have aimed at truth and accuracy in our state ments, and striven to give impartial descriptions of all that. Is most noteworthy in our city. We trust.