"Emigration," Frontier Guardian, 7 Feb. 1851, 2.
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For several weeks past we have had in contemplation to make a few remarks upon this subject, but owing to the continued press of other matter we were unable to perform the task. The most important question with the emigrant must be which of all the varied routes is the shortest, safest healthiest, and best, to California, Oregon, and the Valley of the Great Salt Lake? We answer unbiased, that the "Northern Route," via Kanesville is proved beyond doubt, to be the shortest, best, and healthiest. When cholera raged, and its direful, and fatal effects were severely felt by those who traveled the Southern route; those who took the Northern, escaped unharmed, with a single fatal case of the plague occurring among them barely, as far as we can learn from those who travelled the latter. One move they took, however, might be in their favor, and that was, leaving a little earlier than the former, which should serve as a caution to all those who intend leaving the States the coming spring. There is an abundance of feed in this county this season for man and beast, although the emigration should prove to be double what it was last season. Our citizens have been preparing for it--they have almost any quantity of hay carefully stacked, in good order, and as to quality we fearlessly say that it cannot be excelled in any part of this State. Thousands upon thousands of bushels of corn have been carefully cribbed, and is in readiness for a purchaser at one-fourth the price that it was sold at last season, and as to Dry Goods, Groceries, Flour, and other out-fitting articles, our town and county are teeming with them, and their quality we think, cannot be surpassed in St. Louis, or this side either--and Why? Because our merchants went to the Eastern markets and bought the best that "cash up" and no gambling, could possibly procure; and they had in connection with the cash, experience and good judgment, to select just such articles as the emigrant and citizens of this county necessarily require. There are 13 large and well supplied stores, and two extensive Commission warehouses in this town alone, besides a considerable number throughout the county, and a host of mechanics; some of whom were raised in this country, and others from almost every nation under heaven, that know well how to execute out of the original material, anything and everything, that may be required, and will do up the work in a workmanlike manner. There are eight or nine grist mills in the county, under the supervision of skillful and accommodating millers, what will grind wheat or corn at a moment's warning. We have also, two large hotels in town, to accommodate, and refresh the wayworn traveller, or emigrant, on his way to the land of Gold or elsewhere.
Finally we would suggest, and advise all those that desire, their own welfare, and who study their own real interest to come to Kanesville, and from this place proceed across the plains to their different points of destination as early as they possibly can in the Spring, and remember that the Northern route via Kanesville, is the "Old Mormon Route," and is the shortest, safest, healthiest, and altogether the best route that has ever been yet discovered to any of the places afore-mentioned.