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THE WEST SHORE.
THcnmn, W. T.
vol. xi. no. a.
THE WEST RHOltE.
An lllutlrntttt Journal of Otnrml Mnrmnlinn, oVmM In I lit itmlnpmnl n)
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The history of the Northwest jg one of steady dovol
opraent, and this in as true of journalistic enterprises as
it is of any other form of industry. Ten yearn ago iU
present publisher founded The West Shore, and its
progress upward from the extremely modest sheet first
issued, with its small circle of friends, to the large illus
trated magazine of to-day, with its thousands of readers
throughout the whole Northwest, has been continuous
and gratifying. Its field of usefulness is constantly
widening, and in order to more fully cover it and fultill
its mission, it has determined upon milking a decided ad
vance step. Hereafter The West Shoiik will be pub.
lished simultaneously from Taooina and Fortlaml The
Fuget Sound country is a magnificent region, developing
with wonderful rapidity, and must necessarily create a
metropolitan city of its own. For this reason the pub
lisher considers The West Shore as more acceptably
representing the Northwest and doing greater justice to
its patrons when issued from both Portland and Tacoma,
the Fuget Sound terminus of the great Northern Pacific
Railroad Representatives of the magazine may be found
iu both cities at the address givon in the card at the head
of this column, and communications by mail may le scut
to either office.
Time was when the future greatness of Tacoma was
apparent only to him gifted with prophetic vision; but
that time is past There is no more need of seers am:
diviners. Tacoma has emerged from the obscurity ol
prophecy ami stands in the broad light of day for all U
gaze upon. Upon her walls is written iu letters so Md
that "he who runs may reul," the assurance of her
future. With population exceeding seven thousand
with imposing; public and private edifices; with a gran
hotel second iu no respect to any on the Coast; with com
plete systems of gas and water works; with gro.it ler
miual facilities already completed; with her name ami
leetiny heralded throughout the laud as are those of no
other city in the Northwest, and with the line of the
Northern Paoifio rapidly approaching her from across
the Cascade Mountains, she has emerged from the laby-
nuth of doubt and uncertainty, and with the goal fuirly
in view has entered Uxin the straight course leading to
the prize. Her prospects are brilliant, indeed. The
Fuget Sound country is a magnificent region, which must
become more wealthy ami populous yearly for many de
cades to ooine. Rut it is not this which assures the great
ness of the terminal city. It is her xmition as tho actual
seajiort terminus of a great overland railroad, tho point
of interchange between the commerce of the sea and land,
the great receiving and distributing mart for a large,
H))iilous ami rapidly developing region, which deter
mines the measure of her growth and prosperity. This
is now plainly apparent, esiiecially tit him who oomes
from a distance ami, exempt from local prejudice or con
flicting financial interests, calmly views the situation.
There are, however, many who cannot view the subject
from such a dispassionate standpoint. The smiles of
incredulity with which they greeted the pretensions of
Tacoma n few years ago still linger upon their counte
nances. Some of them visited Tacoma in her infancy,
when a few hundred people were holding the ground in
heap frame structures, while the streets were given over
to stumps ami mud. They and their friends who see
through the same glasses cannot eradicate that picture
from their minds. They cannot realize the change from
stumps, mud and shanties to fine thoroughfares and iin-
ixwiug brick edifices, nor can they appreciate the rapidly
growing business imsirtance of the terminal city. They
probably never will until its magnitude forces from them
a tardy acknowledgment of its existence and malti s them
regret their lack of twrspicacity to ierceive and take oil-
vantage of that which was so self-evident to others.
Tacoma is simply awaiting the completion of the Cas
cades Division of the Northern Pacific to Iwomn in fact.
as well as in theory, the Actual terminus of that great
transcontinental roaiL Arrangements have already been
made to put on a line of Asintio steamers as soon as that
event occurs, and thus at once set the stream of foreign
commerce flowing through the new channel. A large
protiortiou of importations from the East by rail will also
go to the terminal city for distribution. Its situation will
be such that jobber and wholesale dealers will find It to
their advantage to establish themselves there. Already
several Portland and San Francisco houses Are consider
ing the question of ocning branch establishments in
Tacoma, and no doubt such of them as have enterprising
and far-seeing business men at their heads will kkiii take
the initiative. Such branches will thrive ami ere many