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

November 19, 1870.

     That the holidays are approaching is evident by the large stocks of goods suitable for presents, that are being displayed on the shelves of our merchants.

     A man living in Kansas City has a full set of furniture made of the tree on which his father was hung ten years ago.

     A pleasant hall, in the third story of Sharp's building, on Main street, has recently been fitted up as a place for religious worship by the Hebrew congregation of this city.  Yesterday it was consecrated in due form, Rev. M. R. Cohen officiating.  On the north side of the hall was the sacred "ark," containing the scrolls of the law, which were concealed from view by a thick velvet curtain, purple in color, and bordered with a heavy golden fringe.  Above the ark, on blue glass, the words were painted in Hebrew, "The House of Judah," and below that inscription were the ten commandments, also in Hebrew characters. In front of the ark stood the pulpit, and in front of that stood the recording desk.  Both pulpit and desk were richly trimmed.  The dedicatory services were peculiar.  A loud knock was heard at the door, which was opened by an attendant, when the minister and honorary officers of the congregation stepped inside, bearing the scrolls of the law.  The minister exclaimed, "Open unto me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them and praise the Lord.'  He then proceeded down the aisle to the pulpit, accompanied by the officers, carrying the venerated scrolls; then followed music by the choir, with organ accompaniment, the reading of scriptures, songs and praise and adoration, prayers, a sermon and "Yegdol."

     The ball given at Long's Hall, last evening, by the Emmet Club, was well attended, and was a very pleasurable and successful affair. Volrath's band furnished the music.  The Irish lads and lassies had a downright happy time, and the festivities were kept up till a late hour.

     20,000 loaves of bread were baked yesterday in the fourteen bakeries of this city.  22,500 pounds of fresh meat will be ready for sale this morning in the butcher stalls and meat shops of this place.

     The startling intelligence was received here yesterday of the tragic death at Parker, a small town in Montgomery County, Kansas, of Mr. A. F. Bidwell, a partner in the wholesale drug house of Morgan & Co., on Delaware street.  Gen. Morgan at about 9 o'clock yesterday morning received the following dispatch: 
   "BAXTER SPRINGS, Nov. 18.  W. H. Morgan & Co., Kansas City:  Your Mr. Bidwell shot and killed himself at the State Line House in Parker, some time during the night of the 16th.  Shall his body be held for you?  Answer.  H. G. COX."
     Mr. Bidwell has been a citizen of this place for five years, and has been a partner in the firm of Morgan & Co. for nearly two years past.  On Tuesday, the 8th inst., he started for Southern Kansas on a business trip.  Several accounts were to be collected in that section, and he anticipated a pleasant and satisfactory journey.  Mr. Bidwell leaves an estimable wife and three children, upon whom his violent and unexpected death falls with crushing weight.  In their heavy affliction they will have the sympathy of the community.
     Yet unto them our words of weak consoling
     Must vainly fall,
     The funeral bells which in their hearts are tolling
     Sound over all.

     The Masons of this city,  of which fraternity the deceased was a member, will give the body a Masonic burial.  A delegation is to go to Baxter Springs and accompany the remains to this place.