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

December 13, 1870.

     Sidewalks, not unlike Jonah's gourd, spring up in a day.

     The "Mocking Bird" was played at the German Theatre, Sunday night.

     A lady was kicked by a vicious horse near the Postoffice yesterday.  She was not seriously hurt.

     Quite a number of books were presented to the First Presbyterian Sabbath school, Rev. R. Irwin, pastor, on Sabbath morning.  The books were a present from the children to the school library.

     The Council yesterday granted permission, on the east side of Main street, between Sixth and Seventh streets, of a temporary frame building, in which a festival for the benefit of the Orphans' Home is to be held on the 22d and 23d instant.  The building has already commenced and is under fair headway.  It will be removed as soon as the fair is over.

     The work of grading Tenth street between Laurel and Locust, was begun yesterday.

     From the Independence Democrat we learn that three genteel-dressed men made their appearance at Sibley, a few days since, and made extensive orders of the merchants of the town.  They also made arrangements for the ferrying of three hundred cattle over the river, and were invited to dine with the ferrymen.  Two gallons of liquor were purchased from a liquor merchant, to be delivered -- the liquor, or course was fully tested before purchased.

     A lively fight took place in a saloon on Fifth street last night.

     On Saturday morning last, a report was made at Police headquarters that some boys, hunting rabbits in the southern part of the city, had found the body of a dead woman, partially buried in a ravine.  Wild stories were circulated in reference to it.  A knife and a bloody veil were said to have been found in the immediate vicinity, and put itn connection with the facts of finding the body itself, gave foundation for heavy sensation.  All Saturday was spent in a fruitless search for the body.  On Sunday morning the faithful officer, accompanied by the boy who made the report, repaired to the ground and found the locality.  The body proved to be that of a defunct porker, and the bristles had been worn off by the action of the water.  Take into consideration these facts and the excited imagination of the boy, and the story is told.

     Dr. O'Brennan's promised lecture comes off this evening at Long's Hall.  "Ireland of To-day" is a grand subject, and in the hands of such a man as Dr. O'Brennan, the Irish Refugee and distinguished author, we are certain it will be eloquently dealt with.  As an immense crowd is sure to attend, we would recommend parties to secure tickets in due time.