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fog swirling knee-deep about us when we emerged groggily from our tents for reveille. Like old soldiers, old campgrounds just fade away. Declared surplus in 1946, Jeffer son Barracks is now partly state-owned, part ly a St. Louis County historical park. Its brick headquarters buildings stand forlorn, and the parade ground lies fallow where once I saw many a tender young recruit keel over in the cruel July heat. No Place for Daniel Boone I pointed my car west from the old Army post, to inspect more of the beehive named St. Louis County-and to pay my respects to Daniel Boone. Dan'l and Mrs. Boone settled in 1799 in what is now St. Charles County, part of the metropolis. On the gentle slope of the Femme Osage Valley, he helped his son Nathan build a commodious limestone home with portholes in its 30-inch walls. There the frontiersman died in 1820 at the age of 86. Gazing at the old home and its wide, tree bordered valley, I recalled Daniel Boone's dislike of crowds. He would not be at all happy now, I thought. I returned to the city on the Daniel Boone Expressway, termed "the longest parking lot in the world" by motorists caught in its tie ups. Presently, at the west end of Mill Creek Valley, I spotted the construction work on St. Louis University's 22-acre site there. Seven buildings are rising on the land, which lies just across Grand Boulevard from the university's existing campus. Part of a $53,000,000 expansion program, the project is providing new classrooms, laboratories, and the Busch Memorial Student Center. The university has more than 10,000 students now; it expects 16,000 within a decade. To the northwest I came on one of the most unusual night-life areas in the United States -Gaslight Square. Some 35 night clubs and restaurants, most of them decked out in turn of-the-century trappings, are distributed over a three-block area; interspersed are numerous antique shops. With flickering gas streetlamps lighting the way, I almost expected horse drawn carriages to roll past (pages 624-5). Gaslight Square attained its elegance after a tornado almost demolished it in February, 1959. As buildings were replaced, owners in stalled fine wood paneling, chandeliers, iron work, and other items salvaged from old town houses being razed in Mill Creek Valley. "Once this building was a carriage house," said quiet young Jack Neuman as we listened to folk music in his dimly lit Jacks or Better 636 KODACHROMEBY BRUCE DALE ( N.G.S. Spring rain dampens spirits of young equestrienne, a participant in the Bridlespur Hunt Club's horse show. Proceeds from the annual affair aid St. Louis charities and civic works. Begun in 1928 by the late August A. Busch, Sr., the club lists many prominent citizens on its roster. Hunters ride to hounds twice a week; originally they ranged over 40,000 acres of farms and woodland. Now, from a new clubhouse and kennels, they hunt over more than twice that area. Drenched and mud-spattered, undaunted majorettes lead the Central Methodist Col lege band of Fayette, Missouri, during the half-time show at a St. Louis Cardinals pro fessional football game.