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

November 18, 1870.

     "Everything quiet," was the reply of Officer Halpin at the police headquarters, as we "interviewed" him this morning at an early hour.

     The public square yesterday was crowded with country wagons loaded with corn, wood and hay.  Our country cousins are making good use of the present excellent roads.
     We understand the Jewish Synagogue will be consecrated in due form today, at half-past 3 o'clock, p. m.  It is on the corner of Main and Eighth streets, over Sharp's Bazaar.  A general attendance is requested.

     At the jewelry store of Wells & Baldwin, two doors above the corner of Sixth street on Main, we observed yesterday a handsome oil painting, representing a scene in the Scotch Highlands.  This splendid work of art is from the easel of North, a well-known London artist, and cost $400.  We understand that it is to be raffled off at $250.  One hundred tickets at $2.50 each.

     The Walter. B. Dance arrived yesterday from St. Louis with a good cargo.  Among the articles of freight were several hundred barrels of apples for Hoover & Vaughan, and a large lot of empty beef barrels and tierces for Plankinton & Armour.  She returned to St. Louis in the evening.  The Mountaineer is the next boat of the line.  She arrives and returns Sunday.  The river is almost stationary.

     Yesterday morning, a horse attached to a spring wagon, while standing on Elizabeth street, near Ninth, got the idiotic idea into his head that it would be a fine thing to organize a runaway. 
   "It was no sooner thought than done,
    The wild deed was at once begun."

Down the street, and across the adjoining commons, over logs and ditches, that unprincipled horse clattered at his most determined stride.  The result was a wagon shattered almost beyond hope of repair.  The horse escaped injury.  The owner of the wrecked and stranded vehicle was a Mr. Carter.

     We learn that the School Board are now discussing the propriety of erecting a new building for the High School.  This is certainly a move in the right direction.  In this respect we are far behind our neighboring cities.  Omaha now has under contract a central school building to cost $175,000.  St. Joseph, Leavenworth and Lawrence are all well provided in this respect.  We now have handsome, commodious and convenient ward school buildings, and we only need the erection of this additional edifice to  make our school advantages superior to any city in the West.

     The attendance at the Driving Park yesterday was much larger than that of the day before.  The first race was for a purse of $500, best three in five, to trot to harness, in which C. H. Vincent entered "Belle", and "Pat Malloy"; S. O. Jerome entered "Highwine" and "Sam"; and Tom Clark, of Leavenworth, entered "Barney" and "Phil."  The horses broke so badly in the first and second heats that the judges ordered the horses off the track, and the pools and stakes were withdrawn. The second race was for pacing horses, mile dash, for a purse of $150 -- The first horse getting $75, second horse $50, and the third $25.  The race was won by J. Focade's black horse "John," against Vale's bay mare "Maggie" and Jerome's sorrel horse "Andy" -- "Maggie" coming in second best.

     That favorite Irish drama, "Colleen Bawn," was produced at the Opera House last night in excellent style and with charming scenic effect.  Pressure on our space prevents the possibility of our doing more at present than to mention the fact with brief words of commendation.    

     Comic readings by Prof. O. H. Fethers, at Frank's Hall to-night.