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Another Route Needed.

It is of the utmost importance to every person engaged in business South of Cairo, and almost equally important to those South of the city of St. Louis, that another more direct and more complete link of connection should at once be found between this city and St. Louis. It is not alone the passenger traffic that calls for it. The immense commercial interest constantly flowing from the northward to the southward, which will be rapidly and permanently increased as soon as the cessation of hostilities shall render trade both lucrative and safe, also imperative and loudly call for and demand an air-line railroad — or at least a nearer and quicker line than we now have — from some point opposite St. Louis, coming diagonally through a rich, fertile, and at present, unaccommodated region of country, immediately to this place. Such a road we must and will have.

We observe, by the St. Louis papers, that the people of that city have at last shaken on the lethargy that for some years has seemed to oppress them, and are alive and moving in the way of the new railroad enterprise. They very truly say that the connection with Cairo, via the Ohio and Mississippi and Illinois Central railroads, "is totally inadequate to the vast traffic and travel between St. Louis and the lower Mississippi, through Cairo." They say very truly also, that this channel was always inadequate, and is constantly becoming more so, as trade and travel are on the increase. Military necessity, the immense army transportation done by the Ohio and Mississippi and Central roads, preclude the possibility, during the winter season, of the carrying of any private freight. The ice blockades the Ohio occasionally, and during one or two months of the winter, the Mississippi is sure to be gorged below St. Louis. Then, at that point all the property, stores, provisions, supplies, goods and merchandise, intended for Memphis, Helena, Natchez, Vicksburg and New Orleans, must pause on its course, and the people of the places named, be made to suffer for the want of them. An instance is mentioned in the Daily Dispatch, where one firm in St. Louis was compelled to make a shipment of goods to Vicksburg, via New Albany, Indiana; and another lot of goods sent to Cairo by Express for re-shipment, on the 22d of December, did not reach this place until the 10th of February following. We have no doubt of the entire truthfulness of these operations, and are of the opinion that hundreds of similar cases might be collated in Cairo, without serious difficulty, in the space of twenty-four hours devoted to the proper inquiry.

The interests of Cairo and of St. Louis, are one in regard to this railroad matter. Its opponents undoubtedly will be the Ohio & Mississippi and Ill. C. R. R's, and some of the monied men of Chicago and Cincinnati. But the rail road is a public want, a public necessity, a right that the people demand, and with St. Louis and Right and Truth on our side, we do not despair of ultimate success, and confidently prophesy that not many months will pass ere we learn that ground has been broken for the St. Louis and Cairo railroad. The charter for the incorporation of the institution has already passed one house of the legislature and unless our legislators are as blind as moles and are as senseless as jackasses — which we cannot believe to be the case — it will pass the other, before the body adjourns.