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

December 3, 1870.

     Mr. Wm. Long has contracted with W. Meyer for a family monument, to cost $1,250.  It is a marble obelisk.

     Kansas City and Westport have been more closely linked to each other by another connection in the shape of a fine large new omnibus, which will run regularly between the two cities.

     Squire Ranson is improving his office to a great extent.  He is having a walnut railing extended across the room so as to divide the law off from contamination with the public; has a long new table covered with the prettiest green oil-cloth, and is adding a large lot of pigeon-holes to his collection in order to accommodate his growing business.

     Early yesterday morning, just as those who get out the daily papers were going home from the night's work, a fire broke out in the block of frame buildings on Fifth street, between Main and Delaware, south side, which resulted in their total destruction.  The buildings belonged to James Orr, and were occupied by Pat. Mahan for a saloon, which was called the "Arbor," and up stairs by a physician, who had his office there.  A man named Burke also occupied a part of the building with his family as a residence, and they barely escaped with their lives, losing every thing they had in the way of household furniture, clothing, etc.  The fire completely cleared out the wooden buildings on that part of the face of Fifth street, and so endeth frame tenements there.  When filled up, according to the city ordinances, the structures will not be other than stone or brick.  The loss in this fire will amount to about three or four thou sand dollars, the most of which is secured by insurance in the Kansa City Fire and Marine Insurance Company -- the saloon-keeper having $1,300 and the proprietor of the building $2,000.

     The funeral of Lizzie Barton, the "unfortunate" who died Thursday at the Grant House, took place yesterday.  There were twenty-two well filled carriages in the procession, and the burial casket was of the finest pattern made.

     Delaware street between Fourth and Fifth, turned out yesterday morning on a grand rat hunt.  The result was a member of the cheese-eating family which would have weighed three pounds, enough to make a "Chinee" happy for a week.

     The police are on the war-path.  Under the direction of Officer Dowd, they made a sort of a sortie on the houses of ill-fame last nig ht, and up to the hour of writing they had brought in Mag. White's "ranche," consisting of the madame herself, Maud Malcolm, alias "the Beautiful Blonde," and Jessie True.  The party gave security for their appearance to answer and went home.  It seems that our guardians of the peace have taken it into their heads of late to remove from the city, as far as possible, all manner of vice, and it is a commendable undertaking, for which they will receive the warm gratitude of all good citizens.  The whole truth is that our efficient police by their energetic work have made this one of the most orderly cities in the country, and they should be given all the credit they deserve for their work, which has heretofore been too sparingly given.

     $10 reward is offered by the JOURNAL office for sufficient evidence to commit any one of the numerous newspaper thieves who are daily pilfering the morning papers from people's doors.