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

November 26, 1870.

     Thanksgiving Day was bright and pleasant and was generally observed throughout the city as a holiday.

     The city police have donned their new uniforms, which are very neat and stylish.

     The festival on Thursday night at Long's Hall, for the benefit of the German Catholic Church, was a very pleasant affair.

     A large and delighted audience was that which gathered at the Coates' Opera House, Thanksgiving night, to witness the great sensational play -- "Under the Gaslight."  Frequent and enthusiastic applause was given.

     Short & Co., proprietors of the omnibus line, are putting the finishing touches to a $10,000 stable and o ut buildings, near the Broadway Hotel.  Sixty four horses and thirteen omnibusses are used for the passenger transfer business by the above company.  The line has no superior in the West, as admitted by travelers without exception.

     There was quite a rumpus kicked up yesterday morning about 11 o'clock, at the notorious saloon on Third street, near Grand avenue, which is patronized exclusively by colored whisky drinkers.  In the melee a chap named Thompson struck another with a slung shot, inflicting an ugly wound.  The ruffian was arrested and placed in the calaboose.

     John Loewer, who keeps a small shoe store at No. 1321 Grand avenue, was the victim, Wednesday night, of some of the daring thief's rascality.  His store was entered from the rear, and boots and shoes worth $150 were stolen.  The next night about $70 worth of the stolen property was tossed over in to Mr. Loewer's back yard.  The thief, it seems, is new in the business, else he would not have returned a portion of the plunder.

     Thursday morning, a brakeman named F. F. Harris, received fatal injuries while attempting to couple two coal cars in West Kansas City.  He was caught by the two cars and so terribly crushed that he soon died in the most excruciating agony.  The engineer is not blamed as the train was going quite slowly backed up for the purpose of effecting the coupling.  Harris had a wife in Lawrence.  The poor woman was summoned by telegraph, and came here yesterday.

     We regret to chronicle the destruction by fire, caused by a defective flue, of the dwelling house on Independence Avenue, owned by Mr. B. R. Bacon, of the dry goods firm of Bacon & Hewson.  Considerable furniture and much of the wearing apparel of the family were also consumed.

     The untoward occurrence happened on the afternoon of last Thursday.  Mr. Bacon and his wife had invited a number of friends to Thanksgiving dinner.  The invited guests and family were seated at the table and discussing the good things provided, when unmistakable evidences were given that the house was on fire in the upper rooms.  The situation was serious, for, on a hasty examination, it was found that the flames had got under such headway that they could not be subdued.  The house burned to the ground.  The dwelling was insured, but not its contents.  Mr. Bacon's loss is about $3,000.  This misfortune has a warning which all of our citizens should heed.  Let the flues be examined, and, if any defects exist, they should be promptly repaired.  Cold weather will soon be here, no doubt, and now is the exact time to use every proper precaution against the destructive element.