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1.-COMMERCE OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. The nature o
Commerce. Its tendency to build up cities and exhaust the country
-evils incident to an extensive commercial system. Inconveniences
and evils of the present commercial system of the United States.
Outlines of a commercial system for the Valley of the Mississippi.
Decline of the commerce of New Orleans. The importance to the
West of building up and sustaining New Orleans as a great commer-
cial city. Deepening the channel at the mouth of the Mississippi,
improvement of the Rapids &c.
By the SENIOR EDITOR.
II.-OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RAILROAD. Report of the prelimina-
ry Surveys of the Western division chartered by the Sta'e of Illi-
By E. Gesi, Chief Engineer &c.
III.-SOUTHERN ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC. Account of a route
from Fort Smith on the Arkansas river to Santa Fé, and also of a
route from Donna Anna on the Rio Grande to Fort Smith with a
description of country travelled over.
From the Report of Capt. R. B. Marcy, U. S. A.
IV.-SALES OF REAL ESTATE IN ST. LOUIS. By the Senior Editor.
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL HISTORY.
THE PRAIRIE DOG. Dog towns of the Mora Valley. Similar-
ity of the dwelling places of the prairie dogs to the labyrinths of
Egypt—their habits &c. Extracted from a forth coming work entit-
led “Travels in Search of the Elephant or the Wanderings of an
By Alfred S. Waugh Esq., St. Louis, Mo.