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The Martha, 180 tons, hull built at Cincinnati; engine and cabin built here.
The Lake of the Woods, 86 tons.
do Eliza Stewart, 169 tons, do
do Lucy Bertram, 148 tons, built by Clark & King. The Kansas, 276 tons, do
do The following shows the number of boats built at other points in the West, by citizens of St. Louis, for the St. Louis trade, for the year 1847 :
The Wyandot, 314 tons; the Dubuque, 168 tons; the Time and Tide, 161 tons; the Meteor, 162 tons; the Rowena, 230 tons; the Alexander Hamilton, 212 tons; the Alton, 344 tons; the Eudora, 420 tons; the Mary, 276 tons.
Note-There are a number of Steamboats now on the stocks at the different yards, not yet finished.
Remarkable Events and Occurrences, Under this head, at the end of each number of our Journal, we shall notice such events and occurrences, as may seem worthy of remembrance, and at the conclusion of each Volume, these will be placed in the Index. To those who take, and preserve, the “Western Journal," this will, in time, constitute a valuable register of the prominent events of the country.
Magnetic Telegraph.—Communication between St. Louis
and the Eustern Cities. We are pleased to be able, in the first number of our Journal, to announce the Telegraphic connection between St. Louis and the Eastern Cities.
The first communication, from Illinois Town, on the opposite side of the river, was made, on the 20th ultimno. Captain H. M. SHREEVE sent the first message.
Great flood in the Ohio river, about the 15th ultimo. the river at Cincinnati was reported to have risen about 60 fet above low water mark-lacking but a few feet of being as high es the great flood of 1832.
Lumber, Shingles, Lath, Wood, &c.-.--Amount of Lumber
Sawed at St. Louis.
By reference to the following statistics, it will be seen, that the lumber and wood trade at St. Louis are becoming matters of much impor. tanco-branches of business that may well receive some attention.
The reports of the Lumber and Wood Master, for the last three years, show the following receipts at the wharf: 1847. 1846.
1815. Lumber, feet, 15,035,391 13,169,332
10,389.38 Shingles, M., 11,983,700
13,927,500 Laths, 2,475,300 1,307,780
2,328 700 Cooper Stuff, 1,262,652
441,770 Cords of Wood, 28,028
22,646 Rafts arriving,
5,263 From the best information we can get, the amount of Lumber sawed at the different Mills at St. Louis, is about 15,000,000 feet per annum, which added to that measured at the wharf, shows the amount of lumber, consumed per year, at St. Louis, to be over 30,000,000 of feet; this will give some idea of the growth of St. Louis,
Specie and Bullion in the United States,
The New York Journal of Commerce gives a table showing the amount of specie and bullion imported into the United States, (through the Custom House,) and exported from the United States, 1821 to 1846, inclusive; the sum total being as follows: Imports,
$59,458,826 “The returns (says the Journal) for the year ending June 30, 1817, are not yet made up, but it is known that the imports of specie were very heavy, and the exports very light. There must have been a considerable exportation of coin from New Orleans for the use of our army in Mexico. From the returns at New York, Boston and New Orleans, and other datas, we should judge that from the 30th June, 1846, to the 1st of the present month, the imports of specie into the United States, through the Custom House, were at least twenty millions over and above the exports. Since the first inst., and for a short time previous, the current has been running the other way, though not very strongly.
AMOUNT OF SPECIE IN THE COUNTRY.
It has been estimated that the amount of specie in the country on the 30th September, 1820, was
$20,000,900 Imported since, to June 30, '46, as above.
Deduct exported to same date, as above
Leaving on hand 30th of June, 1846
$79,258,799 Estimated net addition from 30th June, 1846, to 1st instant 20,000,000
Leaving on hand 1st instant
$99,558,799 Or say in round numbers, $100,000 000. That the amount exceeds this, rather than falls below it, we fully believe. For if large numbers are constantly melted up for plate and jewelry, so on the other hand a
vast aggregate is imported by emigrants, which does not pass through the Custom House, and of course is not included in the returns. The amount so imported is believed to exceed $5,000,000 per annum on an average of the last ten years; and this year, owing to the vast imcrease of emigration, and the further fact that a larger portion of the emigrants than usual possess some property, we estimate the amount of spəcie which they bring at $10,000,00. This would be about $40 each, on an average.
The amount of specie in the country on the 30th of September, 1841, according to a calculation made by the then Register of the Treasury, was $63,503,898. The increase since is $40,000,000 or upwards.
The following shows the amount of Gold and Silver Coinage of the
United States Mints:
Charlotte, N. C. Dahlonega, Ga. N. Orleans. Philadelphia. Total. 1793 to 1837
72,085,530 72,085,530 1838 ~ 1841 507,025 517,990 1,850 693 10,429,664 72,085,530 1842
184,508 309,647 1,295,750 2,426,351 4,190,764 1843
272,064 670,000 4,568,000 6,530,043 11,940,187 1844
146,210 488,600 4,203,500 2,813,457 7,687,767 1845
501,795 1,750,000 3,416,800 5,667,595 1846
76,665 449,727 2,483,800 3,623,443 6,633,965
1,177,772 2,057,839 16,165,743 101,355,288 120,931,170
The Manufacture of Flour at St. Louis.
The following table will show what St. Louis is doing in the business of Flour Manufacturing.
We have made up our table from the facts obtained from the several establishments. The amonnt was not, perhaps, in any case, given with perfect accuracy, but were nevertheless designed to approximate as near to the truth as practicable without a minute investigation into the Books of the several concerns.
The commendable enterprise, and good judgement of the St. Louis Millers have established a reputation for the flour manufactured here which gives it an advantage of from 10 to 15 per cent. over the brands of any other part of the Mississippi Valley.
The number of Mills and the enterprise of their owners not only ereate competition, but are calculated to give a steadiness to the wheat Inarket, which could not exist were the producers entirely dependent upon those who are purchasers for foreign markets.
If there existed competition here from the like cause for all our great staples it would place the prosperity of the West upon a more permanent basis, and thus protect the producers from the revulsions which frequently occur in prices.
A Table showing the number of Mills-Number and size of Stones, and
quantity of Flour produced in St. Louis, in the yeur 1847.
Name of Mill. No. of Run of Stone. Size of Stone. No. of bls. of Flour. Page's Mill,
Av'ge 4 1-2 ft. 70,000 Missouri Mill, 3
4 1-2“ 30,000 Star Mill,
26,000 Union Mill,
24,000 Eagle Mill,
4 ft 9 in. 24,000 Park Mill,
24,000 Brick Mill,
4 “ 6.66
20,000 Washington Mill, 2
24,000 Franklin Mill,
16,000 Phoenix Mill,
30,000 Nonantum Mill, - 2
30,000 Centre Mill,
16,000 Chouteau's Mill, 3
11,000 Paragon Mill,
6,000 Mound Mill,
Total number of barrels of Flour,
There are now being built two other mills in the city calculated for two run of stone each.
We give the above facts as we get them from either the owners or agents, on the premises, and doubt not that the information approximates sufficiently near to the truth for all the purposes designed by our table.