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provided with ample accommodations for washing, &c., and with stairs from the eastern ladies' waiting-room to the hotel above.

There will be room for seven large offices on Washington avenue, and seven on Green street - eight of them 23 by 46 feet; two, 30 by 40 feet; two, 35 by 46, and two 18 by 46 feet.

In the first story, from Soventh to Eighth street, there will be fourteen offices on Washington avenue and Green street: twelve, 23 by 46 feet, and two 18 by 46 feet. On Eighth street, Washington avenue, and Green street, there will be three large express offices. Those on Washington avenue and Green street will be 113 by 46 feet, and that on Eighth street 132 by 45 feet.

The express offices will be furnished with every convenience, as elevators for raising and lowering goods from platforms on track-floor below.

In the second, third, and fourth stories of these buildings will be 330 large and commodious offices and rooms, independent of those designed for guests' rooms in the hotel. These rooms will be furnished with all modern conveniences, and will be accessible by commodious stairs at proper intervals, and have communication to samo from balconies around the court, over trackfloors.

The whole space between the buildings on Washington avenue and Green stroet, from the east side of Sixth street to the rear of buildings on Eighth street, will be covered by a dome-shaped glass roof, and will be 700 feet long by 135 feet wide.

The track-floor, besides being lighted by the glass roof, will be illuminated from the sidewalk, by Hyatt's patent lights, all around the building.

It is proposed to make the building practically fire-proof, by the substitution of iron for beams, girders, joists, partitions, etc.

The general style of the exterior will be Franco-Italian, and, being of iron, will necessarily be ornate.


The following roads will use the Passenger Depot-all of them, except those marked *, having their lines now running into the city :

1. The Missouri Pacific.
2. The North Missouri.

a. The St. Louis, Council Bluffs and Omaha ;*
b. The St. Louis and Keokuk;* both coming in on the North Missouri

Railroad track.
3. The South Pacific.
4. The Iron Mountain.
5. The St. Louis and Indianapolis.
6. The St. Louis, Vandalia and Terro Hante.
7. The St. Louis and Chicago.
8. The Ohio and Mississippi.
9. The Decatur and East St. Louis.
10. The Rockford, Rock Island and St. Louis.
11. The St. Louis and Belleville, and its Eastern connections.
12. The St. Louis and South-Eastern.

It is proposed to use smoke-consuming engines for the purpose of bringing trains into and out of the tunnel and depot. By deadening the floors and operating the trains with signals, no noise will be created, and the occupants and guests above will suffer no inconvenionco from that cause.

This is a gigantic scheme involving a large expenditure, but it is more comprehensive in its objects, more thorough in its arrangements, and will command greater capabilities than any passenger depot ever before devised; and now in the fitting timo for all the important interests concerned to secure its manifold advantages.

Before the buildings included in the design can be finished, the bridge across the Mississippi, opposite Washington avenue, will be completed, and the twelve railroads enumerated will be pouring into the city a vast amount of trade and travel, which will require corresponding facilities for their proper accommodation.

From the opening of the bridge will date the most rapid growth of railroad business consequent upon the continuity of the tracks across the river, and the disappearance forever of all the annoyances and expenses of ferrying, which are now unavoidable. At all hours of the day and night trains will then arrivo and depart from the Union Passenger Depot, in every direction, without impediment, with perfect convenience to the traveling public. St. Louis will then at once take rank in public estimation as tho most attractive railroad city of the interior.

No railroad now constructed, or that may hereafter be constructed, across the continent can fail to contribute its share of trade and travel to this point.

A city thus situated, which in fifteen yoars, with its railroad system yet in its infancy, has grown from a population of 80,000 to more than 300,000, may with certainty anticipate a further rapid augmentation of population and business, demanding extraordinary efforts on the part of her enterprising citizens. St. Louis will soon be one of the largest, if not the largest, iron and steel manufacturing points in the United States, which will add immensely both to the river and railroad traffic, and demand greater facilities for its commercial exchange. In fact, the entire business interests of the city demand a great Union Depot as an adjunct or complete provision for the business of the bridge.


In submitting this pamphlet to the public, I take this opportunity of recording a personal word, which I design more particularly to be read by my fellowcitizens of St. Louis.

It is well known to many of you that during the past three years I have, in an humble but earnest way, advocated the development of the material interests of the Mississippi Valloy and of St. Louis, and, as I believe, in perfect justice to every part of my country.

In the prosecution of my work I have given to the public, including this one, five pamphlets, containing arguments and statistics in vindication of the causos for which I have labored; and whother I have done much or little, I have had no personal interest to serve beyond the ordinary wants of a man, no ambition to satisfy, no pecuniary gain which I expected to realize. "I have no wife nor children, good or bad, to provide for--a mere spectator of other men's fortunes and adventures, and how they play their parts, which, methinks, are diversely presented unto me, as from a common theater or scene.'

Born and reared in the Valley of the Mississippi, and in a country and government, in extent and kind, unequaled in the history of mankind, and sharing a little of that human nature which is instinctively and keonly alive to overy step toward individual and national greatness, has been the motive by which, with a tenacious zeal, I have been actuated in my efforts. Nor does time lessen the incentive for continued work. The material growth marked by each succeeding year upon the broad and bounding progress of the country, tendo to increase rather than to lessen a zealous effort to accomplish the highest triumphs and rewards of industry possible to the American poople. Yet my work is done in this distinctive field of labor.

Therefore, in presenting this pamphlet, which I hope will be read with some interest by this people, I submit it as the last I shall prepare and publish upon tho material interests of the country and St. Louis. Notwithstanding our present census will reveal an array of new facts infinitely greater than thoso with which I have had to deal, others, with more gifted pens, will turn the new facts to the best account for our national progress. There is a higher field of work than that which the material plane affords; and though I shall not ceaso to do all that I can in assisting to remove the National Capital to the Mississippi Valley, I shall in the meantime look forward to a new and broader field of action wherein the groat problems of the world are to be solved, and man's highest life on earth attained.

“What profit hatb a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul ?”

The National Capital will be a poor achievement to the people of the great Valley States, unless protected by one Constitution, over-arching one continental Republic, under whose power and protection succeeding generations of men will pass on in universal relationship, as

Nations step into rank
At Time's loud bugle sound.

Its removal is no more a question of statosmanship than is the necessity of cultivating in the hearts of the people an abiding faith and devotion for the 'union of these States.

To save the Republic of our fathers in all its parts—to purify and perfect it by the struggles through which it passes—to make it wiser and better-to give it a grander and loftier mission among the nations of the earth, and to perpetuate its existence to the remotest time, is the chief end of this and future generations. And, in so declaring, I have an abiding faith in the future-a future which will most surely bring a just and bountiful reward to the earnest, the industrious, the frugal and righteous millions of the generations yet to come, a complete triumph of the human race in its efforts to solve the great problems of the world, a moral and intellectual development of our people commensurate with the material growth of the country.

“We walk the wilderness to-day,
The Promised Land to-morrow."

The conception of the futuro great city would be a vagary if we fail to maintain one government and ono law all over this land we love so well. It is the future hope of the world, and let us be of that faith, that “no other government can exist here." “I am confident that this Union of our fathersa union of intelligence, of freedom, of justice, of industry, of religion, of science and art,” will through succeeding generations of men grow stronger and stronger as time moves on. This Union has not yet accomplished what good for mankind was manifestly designed by Him who appoints the seasons, and prescribes the duties of States and Empires. Woe! woo! to him that inadly lifts his hand against it.”

There are still other duties equally binding upon all whose power it is to do; there is a royal commission for all to fill. Poverty still stalks abroad; ignorance still depraves; vice still brutalizes, and crime still entails its miseries. There is work yet to be done, rules yet to be prescribed, wants to be satisfied, and wisdom to be supplied, and “whoso does it to the least of these, does it also unto me.”

Then let us hail the present wonderful growth of our country and her cities as a bright heraldry of a more glorious future, and hope for the royal rule of righteousness.

In presenting this pamphlet to the public, as an argument in favor of an organized hope of the race of man as being inherent in the preconceived future great city of the world, I have the full assurance that copies of it will pass into our libraries, and be read by inquisitive and earnest minds of other generations, long after we of this generation shall havo passed on through the gates of the eternal world, to take our places

“With patriarchs and prophets, and the blest,

Gone up from every land to people heaven.”

In testimony whereof I have spoken, and of having been faithful to my work, I offer the following from the Missouri Democrat, as one of many witnesses:

“Our hearts ought all to warm to this patient, hard-working, unselfish man, who accomplishes more than the most of us for the community about him, and looks for and roaps a moro slender reward than falls to the lot of many who never lift a finger for their fellows."

As for me, I see no path of ambition marked out over the slain of my countrymen, nor can I hail with delight a land rent with feuds and despoiled by political factions. I can only pray for the great Republic to be a sublimo achievement, "over which humanity will eternally shed its blessings and God His benedictions."

L. U. REAVIS. Sr. Louis, November 1, 1870.

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