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WRITTEN- FOR TUB SVJCDAT RErUBLlC.
ALONG the wlndlnc Jleramec these
sunny days the nature-lover revels,
the sportsman sates himself with
the pleasures of pursuit and the Jaded
worker drinks In new life from folluge-fil-tered
From Its source at James Spring, In
Taney County, to where It empties Into the
Mississippi, twelve miles below St. Louis,
there Is not a eommonplace stretch along
the banks of the swiftly amoving river at
Thousands of St. Ixiuisans love the stream
as the Londoner loves his Thames or the up
country nngli-'liman hi Mersey. It has its
jolly watermen, its boating parties, its fussy
little steam launches, and. better than all.
it has tinny treasures galore. Whoso casti
Most of those who know the Meramec be
came acquainted with It at the Highlands,
most popular of all resorts about St. Iuls
with seekers after holiday diversion in the
country. Here the scenery Is more majestic
than at any other point on the river, ex
cept at the headwaters, which are not as
well known as they might be.
looking southward from the Frisco sta
tion at Meramec Highlands, the travel
stained Hasterner looks upon a vista that
carries him back in fancy to the rugged
mountain ranges of West VIrgirla. If he
cares to approach closer to the blue waters
which lie ms snaking through the valley,
he may stretch his fancy a little further
and llnd in the gleaming white road wind
ing down to the river's brim a replica of
the Appian Way, which leads tourists to
the delights of Italy.
In the by-paths skirting this "road "the
camera is always busy. There are lieautlful
"bits" without end through all the pictorial
range, from gnarled tree trunks to tumbling
waterfalls; from the delicate tracery of the
willow to tlit majestic sweep of the syca-
more. Just now the scenery of tile Mera
mec is at Its best from the standpoint of the
camera artist. The foliage is not too dense,
as It will lie a month from now. to give the
Lest effects of light and rhade and detail
Meramec Highlands is by no means the
only' attractive spot along this ever-interesting
river. Its banks from mouth to
source are dotted with elegantly appelated
clubhouses, where select coteries of anglers
spend their spare hours, and where the
veriest outsider needs no password except
goodfellowshtp and a lively appreciation of
sylvan hospitality. At Blue Springs, Mar
shall. Elm Springs and In the neighborhood
of St. James the fisherman has' only his
lack of skill to blame If his stringing needle
The fishing possibilities, starting at the
Mississippi with mud cat, work up through
schools of channel cat. sunflsh, jack salmon,
perch, crapple and bass to rainbow trout at
The Bnglemann Botanical Club of St.
Louis has disclosed a new attraction of the
Meramec Valley to scientists. On any bright
lay scores of enthusiastic lovers of flowers
may be found in the deepest tangles of the
wonderfully fertile vegetation skirting the
They search for wiU flowers and their
quest Is well rewarded. The country ex
tending twenty relics west of St. Louis and
confined between the M.erame"q and Missouri
rivers presents a more varied growth of
flora than any district or similar area in the
world. The valley of ihe aierfunec Is
Ehnw'.s Garden In -tic ronen, i ,ym
SVNDAY OVTING PLACES
J CLOSE AT HAND.
Meramec Highlands, 15 miles west of St. Louis. One hour's ride on Suburban
electric cars, or by wa- of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad.
Creve Coeur Lake, 18 miles northwest of St. Louis. One hour and a half's ride
on electric line, or bv way of Missouri Pacific Railroad.
James Spring:, at headwaters of the Meramec River, 110 miles from St. Louis. It
may be reached bj- taking the St. Louis and San Francisco to St. James, Mo., and
traveling- overland to the Springs, a distance of five miles.
Spanish Lake, 15 miles northeast on the Burlington.
Montesano Springs, 18 miles south of St. Louis, ft may be reached by boat or
by way of the St. "Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad.
Piasa Bluffs, 25 miles northeast of St. Louis, on the Chicago, Peoria and St.
Honne, 3o miles south of St. Louis, on the St. Louis and Iron Mountain R. R.
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