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

December 17, 1870.

     An establishment for the manufacture of soap, for cleaning cars, has been started in West Kansas City.  The soap is a success.

     Complaints are made that the demi-monde do too much infest certain saloons in West Kansas City, and the police are invited to see them.

     The scholars of the First Ward School had a pleasant  reunion at the school building, corner of Independence avenue and Hackberry street, last night.

     The cold weather has made the wood market rather lively.  Yesterday morning cord wood was worth $6 per cord; stove wood was held at $2 and $2.25 per load of about one-quarter cord.

     One of our confectionary establishments still has a sign hanging in front of their establishment, which reads:  "Ice cream and ice cold soda water."  A little late in the season for that.

     Between 5,000 and 6,000 yards of plastering have been done in Bullene & Emery's new building, corner Eighth and Main streets.

     The biggest item that could be raked up from the Bottom yesterday, was that of a dog fight for $200 a side is to come off at Bill Dago's to-night.  Delectable sport.

     The revival meetings yesterday afternoon were largely attended.  The evening services were held at the Methodist church on Grand avenue.  An instructive sermon was delivered.  Prayer meeting will be held at the 3d Baptist church, corner of Grand avenue and Eleventh street.  Services as usual at the M. E. Church on Grand avenue.

     Officers Parks and Rivard found a chap in West Kansas City trying to explain the Sixteenth Amendment to a lamp-post.  He was conveyed to the calaboose.  The officers say he was drunk.

     John Smith, the party arrested night before last for helping himself to a number of blankets from a store on Main stret, was allowed to go at large yesterday, the owner of the goods not being willing to prosecute.

     Yesterday morning ice was found on some of the ponds with which our city is beautifully supplied, to the thickness of nearly two inches.  The boys improved the opportunity, and had a very pleasant time.

     Maun & Paterson, who have opened a stone-cutting yard on Delaware street, in the rear of Myers' marble shop, have the contract for the stair work of Dogget & Orrison's new building on Main street, and as it is the intention of the builders to put up something extra in the architectural line, we congratulate them that they have secured the services of this firm.  Mr. James Paterson of this firm, who is President of the Caledonian Society of this city, came from a family of architects, and is a cousin to the late Geo. Mickle Kemp, of Scotland, who designed the Scott monument in Edinburgh, which is one of the finest specimens of monumental architecture in all Europe.  Indeed, Kansas City may expect some fine houses from the plans of this gentleman, who is not only a stone-cutter, but a first-class architect.