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

December 11, 1870.

     Business of all kinds was remarkably brisk in the city yesterday.

     An express wagon drove against a horse hitched to a post on Main street opposite the square to-day, causing him to jump on the sidewalk.  The passers-by made room for him in a hurry.

     Yesterday was a dull day among the justices of the city.  No criminal cases came before them, and but few civil cases were began.

     Several days ago, one of our city contemporaries published a long account of the arrest of a horse thief in Atchison for stealing a horse from John Lawrence of Kearney, Clay Co., Mo.  N. V. Brock was the name of the supposed thief.  It now transpires that Mr. Brock is a young man of about 18 years of age, and his family reside in this city and occupy a high social position.  Mr. Lawrence, the man from whom the horse was said to have been stolen, is his guardian, and has already taken the trouble to employ G. C. Clemons, Esq., of Topeka, to defend him before the authorities of Atchison.  The boy has had charge of one of Mr. Lawrence's horses in this city and it is scarcely probable that he would have taken the trouble to go to Kearney to steal one when he could have sold the one he had with greater ease.  The probabilities are that the matter will be satisfactorily arranged, and until that time public opinion should be suspended.

     The prize needle-man, the prize candy-man, the blacking-man, the galvanic battery-man, and a dozen other chaps of like ilk, drove a thriving trade on the square yesterday.

     Night before last Mr. J. A. Wisely had a dance at his house, near the corner of Fifteenth and McGee streets.  Matters passed off pleasantly until near midnight, when Tom Quiad, Chas. Radden, W. A. Hutchinson, C. H. Quiad, W. A. Quaid, Mr. Cecil and Mr. Esham, young bloods who were in attendance, becoming disgusted with the monotony of the dance, undertook to furnish a diversion in the way of a little fight.  Much gas and a few blows succeeded in frightening the ladies to a limited extent, but Mr. Wisely put a stop to their fun by calling in the assistance of the police.  They appeared before Judge Carpenter yesterday morning,, who, upon hearing the case, fined three of them $8 apiece, three $7.75, and discharged Cecil.

     Rabbits sell at 10 cents apiece on the square; prairie chickens, $3.50 to $4.25 per dozen, retail for 35 cents; venison at from 10 to 12 1/2 cents per pound; squirrels, $1 per dozen, or 10 cents apiece; buffalo at 5 to 6 cents per pound, by the quarter, and wild geese at 50 cents apiece.  We are indebted to J. O'Hara, on Fifth street, for so me of the above information.

     From the Liberty papers we learn that on Sunday evening a man named Wm. Justus went to the house of another man named James Burns for the purpose of pummeling him for some alleged offence.  Justus was very abusive and threatened to kill Burns.  Burns attempted to explain, but Justus would listen to nothing, and finally drew his revolver for the purpose of shooting him, when Burns drew a knife and cut him so badly that he died from the effects of the wounds.  Burns immediately gave himself up.  The coroner's jury, on haring the evidence, found a verdict that Burns had killed Justus in self-defense, and discharged him from custody.  The parties live near the Cameron and North Missouri crossing. 

     Mr. A. L. GLENN has succeeded Mr. S. K. C. LANGWORTHY as carrier of the JOURNAL OF COMMERCE and hereafter will have charge of the city delivery.  He is authorized to collect all subscriptions.  We commend Mr. Glenn to the same courtesies hitherto extended to his predecessors and have reason to believe that the regular and prompt distribution of the paper will be fully secured under his management.