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

August 30, 1870

      A number of delegates to the Republican convention came in on trains last night and proceeded to Jefferson City. 

     The grand union Sunday School celebration at the camp ground near Shawnee occurs today.  The train will leave the Union Depot at 9:50 a. m.  A delightful time is anticipated.

     Col Jo. Dan of Fort Scott has converted McDonald Hall into a first-class theater to be called the "Olympic," and will open the same in a few days with some of the first stars in magnitude of the theatrical profession, supported by an excellent stock company.

     The fair commences at Independence today. Quite a large number are going down from this city and the occasion promises to be one of much interest and pleasure.

     We learned last evening that the Kaw Valleys had beaten the Unions in the game played at Lawrence yesterday in a score of 36 to 24.

     We notice that a very commendable spirit of improvement is being manifested in various portions of the city.  Especially is this the case in regard to sidewalks and if the spell will only continue we may yet traverse from one end of the city to another without being compelled to wade in the mud.

     The Ida Stockdale arrived here yesterday morning from Fort Benton.  She reports a good stage of water above St. Joe, but not so good between that place and this city.
     Rev. H. M. Stevens has opened a circulating library at 706 Main Street which we visited yesterday.  His list of books is inclusive of all the standard works on history, poetry and art, while the pure novelists of established reputation have a conspicuous place on the shelves.  Books for juveniles, in elegant binding, by all the popular authors for youth, are prominently placed in the library and we are sure that all who are not able to buy books will thank Mr. Stevens for placing them within their reach.