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

August 31, 1870

     Our merchants are receiving large lots of fall and winter goods.  Delaware Street is packed with them.

     The sidewalk on Fifth Street between Main and Walnut is being improved.  It needs it.
     The Unitarian sociable last night at the Coates Opera House was an enjoyable affair and the young ladies and gentlemen chased the glowing hours with flying feet to the music of Volrath's band.  We were there and had a good time.

     Yesterday, the day for the inauguration of the twelfth annual fair of the Jackson County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, opened beautifully and the air was like that of October.  Of course, the first day is always poorly attended as the exhibitors have not yet all arrived and delayed preparations render the ground uninviting to visitors.  The exhibition in the arena did not commence until the afternoon and the different committees occupied the forenoon in arranging articles and passing upon their merits.  We noticed immense beets, mammoth watermelons, large potatoes, amazing corn, extraordinary tomatoes and over on the fruit tables some of the most tempting of fruits and flowers.  The central table is devoted to the exhibition of ladies' work and magnificent loaves of bread and jars of lard fraternized amicably with worsted work and plain and fancy sewing.  Today the remainder of the premiums will be given and the exhibition in the arena will comprise some fine horses.  Hogs and sheep will receive premiums today also.

     Gen Jasper Craig of St. Joseph was in the city last evening and stopped at the Broadway.

     We noticed a number of delegates from the northern portion of the state in the city yesterday morning en route to the Radical state convention which convenes in Jefferson City today.

     The Post Boy of the Star Line made its appearance late last evening from St. Louis and returned.