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

December 28, 1870.

     Town dull.

     Ice-dealers busy.

     Travel decreasing.

     Skating on the river.

     Square very lively for Tuesday.

     Christmas folks wait for New Year.

     A fire Sunday, and the fire department a minute too late.

     Railroad trains delayed on account of ice and low water.

     Street cars more and more a success.  They "roll on."

     The year 1871 is to be blessed with fifty-three Sabbaths and will thus "go one better," on sundry of its predecessors.

     Services were held in all the churches on Christmas day, the pastors in nearly every case choosing texts appropriate to the season.

     Mr. Kelley, living near Independence on the Blue, last Friday found Patrick Cox, a daft son of William Cox, frozen to death, in the woods near Independence.  The youth had been crazy for some time, and wandered away, poorly clad, last Wednesday.

     The first train for a week from Denver, over the Kansas pacific railroad, arrived in this city Sunday evening.  The delay was caused by heavy snow drifts on the route, most of them having been ten feet deep.  There was not much poetry in that volume of "Snow Bound."  Can anything be W(h)ittier than this?

     Three large tin-types for 50 cents, six sunbeams for 50 cents, or one dozen plain Carte de Visites for $2.00 -- best ever seen in this city -- at Salisbury's Photographic Studio, 921 Main street.  See his specimens.

     They have a one-legged shoemaker in the Bottom, which his name is Joseph Deshlute.  Joseph got drunk yesterday, and raised some disturbance in Charles Mayer's restaurant.  His anger was such that he used his crutch on Mayer, and Mayer may or may not have struck him (this does not appear) but Callahan and McKnight brought the two up.  Mayer gave security for his appearance, this morning, and Deshlute was gently escorted with his one leg to the keep below.

     Four prisoners in the west cell of the calaboose, attempted an escape night before last, and had succeeded in removing nearly a ton of masonry, when officer Murphy fortuitously happened to pas in the neighborhood, and effectually suspended their operations, which were very near resulting favorably for them.  The breach was immediately repaired, and the prisoners are still in quod.

     Mr. J. H. Denslow, publisher of the Woman's Advocate, which has heretofore issued from Carrolton, Mo., is in town.  His intention is to make arrangements for publishing his journal in this city.

     The Criminal Court held no session yesterday, and will not resume its labors until Friday, in the meanwhile the august body keeping its December toes warm at home, instead of in the open, chilly court room.