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

November 24, 1870.

     In honor of Thanksgiving the Post-Office will be closed this morning at 9:30, and remain closed until 5 p. m., according to Francis Foster, Postmaster.

     The city was "alive" with dead turkeys yesterday.  Some of them were like that one of Job's, but the prices on them were fat enough, however.  Nevertheless, a goodly number of them will be devoured today.

     There will be a grand festival at Long's Hall to-night, given under the auspices of the German Catholics.

     The sociable of the Fifth Street M. E. Church meets at the Ferguson House to-night.  All are invited.

     Thanksgiving services will be held at the Jewish Synagogue, to-day at 11 o'clock a. m.  Rev. M. R. Cohen, the regular minister, will officiate.

     Snow tried hard to fall yesterday, but when it does fall it will come soft.

     Mr. J. S. Martin, General Agent of the Cayuga Chief Mower and Reaper has just returned from a trip south and west as far as Wichita and Salina, Kansas.  He reports that emigrants are still flooding the country in every direction.

     This afternoon, the cornerstone of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, on Walnut street near the corner of Eighth, will be laid by the Masonic fraternity, and it will be a very interesting ceremony.  A copper box containing a copy of the Bible, coins of the day, copies of the city papers, and other documents, &c., usually deposited on such occasions, will be placed under the stone.

     Letter on the Opera House controversy:  The enterprise of Col. Coates in building an Opera House that more than competes with any similar institution in the country, should of itself command a public recognition outside of all personal and political issues.  
     Whether the Bulletin, News, Times, or JOURNAL have free tickets or not, is not in any way a matter of great concern to theatre-goers.
     If the expenditure of Col. Coates in building and fitting his Theatre in every way as a model Opera House, and in a manner creditable to New York City, Boston and Philadelphia, is not to be met on the part of our citizens, by a hearty acknowledgment, without regard to Tom Jones, of the Times, or Dick Sniveller, of the News, then let us banish all idea of respect and admiration for any fellow citizen who has or may show the pluck of Col. Coates, irrespective of his property interests.  CITIZEN.

     There will be Thanksgiving services this evening at 7 o'clock, at the Unitarian Church, on Delaware street, between Tenth and Eleventh, and all members of the society and friends are cordially invited to participate in the interesting services.

     The several Churches on the east side of Main street, will hold Thanksgiving service in the Methodist Church, north, corner of Grand avenue and Ninth sts., at 10 a. m..  There will be appropriate services with preaching, at St. Luke's Church, this morning at 11 o'clock.  Seats free.

     NOTICE TO PILOTS:  In passing the bridge at St. Charles, steer through the third span from the west shore, until further notice.  C. S. SMITH, Chief Engineer.