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

November 2, 1870.

     The News says the river is "going down."  Yes, going down stream and coming up the banks in this vicinity. 

     An 8x10 residence floated down toward New Orleans past the city yesterday.

     A party left this city for a deer hunt yesterday, taking with them a loaf of bread and twenty gallons of whisky.  One of the party was grumbling because the purveyor laid in so much bread.

     Six men under the charge of Halpin, were making infractions o n the rock pile yesterday.

     If you want coffee with all its strength and aroma, buy it roasted and ground, at the Kansas City Coffee and Spice Mills, S. E. corner of Fifth and Main.  Eastern spices duplicated.  Patronize home industry.

     Yesterday afternoon the formal opening of the Kansas City and Westport Horse railway took place.  Two of the cars loaded with members of the press, officers of the road and other citizens rode out to Sixteenth street, the terminus of the road, and were there highly entertained at the office of the company.  As usual on such occasions much champagne was unbottled, and many toasts were offered, which were responded to by Mr. Nehemiah Holmes, and many toasts were offered, which were responded to by Mr. Nehemiah Holmes, the President of the company.  Among the strangers present was Mr. Babbidge, better known as the "Phat Boy," who is as full of fun as an egg is of meat, and who spiced up the occasion with his remarkable supply of wit.  On the whole, the occasion was one well worthy of the enterprise which it celebrated.  The cars ran free all the afternoon and many hundreds of people made the round trip and enjoyed the novelty of a street car ride in our city hugely.  It is an enterprise of no small moment, connecting as it does, the northern with the southern part of the city so closely that the interests of both sections will be very materially advanced.  Too much praise cannot be  awarded Mr. Holmes, the President, for the tenacity with which he has hung to this enterprise through thick and thin, and against all sorts of discouragement, and we trust that he and his co-workers will reap from it a rich reward for their faithfulness.

     The St. Joe papers are inclined to boast that the rich men of that place keep their money safe in the bank.  But that spirit never yet built up a town.  Investment, enterprise, outlay -- that is what makes Kansas City the live-growing place it is.

     An excursion party came down from the Addition last night on the street cars and stopped at Gaston's so long that they had to be hauled back in hacks.  There wasn't room in the cars for them all to assume the recumbent positions they seemed so much to admire.
     The Opera House was well filled last night by an audience intensely desirous of witnessing Miss Tiffany in her impersonation of "Jessie Brown."  Suffice it to say that Miss Tiffany acquitted herself in her accustomed excellent style, and made a host of new friends, confirming the impression made at her initial performance on Monday night.

     A man named Walden was garroted and robbed of sixty or seventy dollars yesterday morning about 2 o'clock, on Third street near Main, by two men disguised as negroes.  The victim had been around at different saloons drinking during the early part of the night, and took pains to expose his money, and was watched by some of the chevaliers d'industrie with the foregoing result.