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

September 1, 1870

     Our local had some difficulty last night in ascertaining items about a fire, as those in the neighborhood imagined he was an insurance agent.

     A match game of baseball was played yesterday at the Driving Park between the Athletes of Lexington and the Kansas Citys of this place.  Up to the fifth inning the Athletes appeared to have it all their own way, after which the K. C.s came down to business, the score standing at the end of the ninth inning Athletes 87, Kansas Citys 32.

     August must look with special upon the Jackson County Fair, for yesterday was another splendid day, the light breezes making it very pleasant for the visitors.  A marked increase in attendance was noticeable.  The train from Kansas City was delayed at the Independence depot a considerable while by the report of an accident down the road, to which the passing of a repair train gave color.  A great many got off and walked to the grounds.  The view of the inclosure was more animated than on the first day and the flying horses, side shows, flags fluttering and bands playing conspired to render the scene somewhat exciting.

     The man McCracken shot in Harlem last Tuesday by May Gates, died early yesterday morning from the effect of his wound.

     The fair for the benefit of the Widows and Orphans Home, under the auspices of the girls and boys of this city, takes place tonight at Long's Hall.

     City Attorney White returned to the city yesterday from an extended visit East.  He came back improved in looks, if such a thing is possible, and we are heartily glad to welcome him home.