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

October 29, 1870.

     Recent rains have put a stop to building and street improvements.  Yesterday was damp, drizzly, dull and disagreeable.

     Kansas City demands many things.  One of her wants is an Inspector of Buildings.  The duties of such an officer are important.  The public interest and safety loudly demand that we have -- what other cities have -- an Inspector of Buildings.

     P. T. Barnum, the humbugist, bet upward of a hundred dollars playing faro in Wyandotte when he was there.

     A man lost $600 by carelessness while riding on the Missouri Pacific train early yesterday morning.  The half-crazed man came tearing through the rain to the headquarters of the police at 2 o'clock a. m., saying he had put the $200 in money and $400 in drafts inside one of his boots for safekeeping.  He stated that after he had been riding some time, his boot pinched his foot, and he pulled the boot off, not thinking of the money.  As the train neared the city he pulled the boot back on, got off the cars, came up town, got his supper, and was about to pay the landlord when it flashed across his mind that his money had dropped to the car floor when he pulled his boot off.  Officer Gillooly went with him to the telegraph office on the State Line, where a dispatch was sent to Atchison, asking that a search be made for the money when the train arrived there.  No word had been received in reply up to a late hour last night.

     For the latest in books, periodicals and papers call upon G. W. Welkert & Co., corner of Main and Fifth streets.

     Mr. James Parton is stopping at the Broadway.  He remains in the city till Monday night, when he gives at Frank's Hall his popular and highly entertaining lecture entitled, "One Hundred Years Ago."

     In river news, the Dance left yesterday morning with a fair cargo and a cabin full of passengers.  The Fannie Baker passed up with a load of wood for Leavenworth.  The Mary McDonald will be up tonight from St. Louis, and return to-morrow morning.

     Thursday night while some emigrants were disembarking from the steamer Walter B. Dance at the foot of Delaware street a horse fell off the staging into the river, and the stern of the boat had to be turned out in the stream to enable the deck hands to pull him out.  This they eventually  succeeded in, but the poor brute was stone dead.  The boat promptly paid the owner for him, his full value of $100.

     Our readers will have noticed many improvements in the "make-up" of the Journal.  Mr. McNab, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, is now connected with this paper as foreman of the news room.

     Theatre to-night at the Opera House; meeting of workingmen at Turner's Hall, and Colonel Claiborne's speech at Frank's Hall.

     A rustic youth of Clay County, whose hands were stained a shade darker than the old tile which he wore, brought a load of hulled walnuts, some twenty bushels or more, to market yesterday morning.  He did not get the price first asked, which was owing undoubtedly to the successful raids which the city boys have made on the walnut trees of this vicinity.  His disappointment much distressed him.