This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 Excerpt: ...made, a cheese maker having been brought from Switzerland. A part of his product was so fine that merchants at St. Louis shipped it to New Orleans and there sold it for Swiss cheese. Our emigrants from Switzerland gave regular accounts of all their doings and a description of their new home to their friends in Europe. These letters were there first published in newspapers, and afterwards gathered and printed in book form. Dr. Kcepfli differed much with Mr. Duden, who had recommended Missouri as best adapted for the German emigration. He now took strong ground against Missouri, warning emigrants not to settle there, as slavery sooner or later would bring on trouble. On the other hand he strongly recommended Illinois, pointing out the manifold advantages of this young State, as to its free institutions, its fertile prairies so easily cultivated, its mild climate and its good, easily accessible markets.f At that time a yoke of oxen was worth forty dollars, horsei from thirty to sixty, fresh milch cows eight, hogs two, sheep one fifty, a hive of bees one fifty, chick' ens ten cents, potatoes ten cents per bushel, wheat fifty ceDts, corn eighteen cents. pork one dollar and fifty cents per hundred. A farm laborer received from eight to ten dollars per month fDr. Kcepfli was the first to recommend to emigrants to reach the Mississippi Valley by way of New Orleans. He ha'd just experienced the difficulties of a land Journey from New York to the Mississippi, before the time of railroads. He had seen how few of the emigrants who had designed making the Mississippi Valley their place of destination ever reached it-the journeys tieing too expensive and difficult. The passage from the French and German sea-ports to New Orleans or New York differed very little as to pric...