R. T. Van Horn & Co., Publishers.*

August 27, 1870

      The lecture of the Rev. Paul Bagley was well attended last night at the Christian Church.

     A pane of glass worth twenty-five dollars in Bainbridge's store on Eleventh and Main was broken last night by some unknown person.

     A delightful day, track in good order, enthusiastic crowd, much money changed hands -- all these were attributes of yesterday's sport at the races.  Professor Johns' band went through the streets and inspired everyone with the infectious music and drummed up quite a collection of humans to witness the most interesting races of the season.  The judges selected were:  William Mulkey, Benjamin Simpson and James Barnard, the latter substituting Colonel McGee at the conclusion of the first race.  This was for a purse of $50 -- $30 to the winning horse and $20 to the next best; mile heats, best two in three for horses that never beat three minutes.  After a great deal of scoring for a start the four horses got a pretty fair start, with Belle Sessions's colt taking the lead from the start.  The colt maintained his lead all around the track.  While the horses were being sponged off, the running race was called and two entries were announced.  P. Dye's brown mare, Jenny Harrison, won the heat by three lengths.  A scrub race between two negroes ended the fun, one of whom got tilted over his horse's head without any injury being done.  The afternoon's sport was hugely enjoyed by everybody and all went home glad that the Horse Association had inaugurated these Friday races.  Keck, the ex-marshal, showed the reporters attentions which were duly appreciated.

     The Board of Education met last night according to adjournment, Messrs. Sheffield, Bainbridge, Craig and Tobener being present and Messrs. Karnes and Doctor Lester absent.  A proposition of Shelby & Howe to sink wells for the Karnes schoolhouse and that in West Kansas, was, on motion, referred to the consideration of Messrs. Sheffield and Bainbridge.  Mr. Bainbridge suggested that a committee be appointed to receive bids for supplying the schoolhouses with four hundred bushels of coal, which was amended by motion that the president receive bids at the schoolhouses.  The motion was carried.

     The annual fair of the Jackson County Agricultural and Mechanical Association commences at their grounds near Independence on next Tuesday, August 30, and continues for four days.