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

December 31, 1870.

     New Year's eve.

     Mild everywhere.

     Pope's benefit at the Opera House tonight.

     Midnight watch tonight at several churches.

          The skater's occupation is gone.  The thaw of night before last and yesterday has rendered the ice on the river dangerous, and we chronicle two involuntary duckings on account of it.  One came to a boy, skating near Harlem, who rushed into an air hole, and was rescued with difficulty by some ice men, who happened to be providentially near.  The other case was that of an ice-cutter near this shore, who went down in a hurry and came up more leisurely -- the latter on account of hte precarious condition of the ice.  Both of the parties were uninjured, a cold bath being the only hurt.

     Start in straight to-morrow.

     Our thanks are due to the members and lady friends of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and of the Union Mission School in McGee's Addition, for the handsomely frosted cake sent to this office yesterday.  The richness of the cake was only equaled by the flavor of the sentiments expressed in the highly complimentary note that accompanied it.

     To-morrow's papers will be unusually important.

     Our Xmas presents can be sent in yet.

     A couple of specimens of young America got into a muss yesterday at the corner of Main and 9th streets.  In the melee, one of them received a bloody nose, but succeeded in getting a finger of the other into his mouth.  The bloody-nosed boy seemed to relish the disgusting fun and chewed lustily.  The boy who owned the imprisoned finger did not like the processs very much, as was attested to in the howls that rent the air as our reporter left the scene.

     Sociables, festivals and fairs are prevalent.

     The dog-fight, reported to come off to-day, is a nother 'un; the last deposit having failed to be put up.

     While our citizens have been stirred up to constructing new pavements all over the town, would it not be well to occasionally repair the old ones; we are not exactly certain whose duty it is to attend to these matters, but we imagine some few of the approaches to the business portion of the city might be improved considerably.  For instance, the brick pavement on the east side of Main street, between the Levee and Commercial, is in a horrible condition, and that on the Levee, where thousands of travelers pass daily, is absolutely dangerous to locomotion.  The good opinion of strangers which ought to be cultivated, is easily lost by these little inattentions to comfort and convenience.

     Advertisers are informed that no better medium than to-morrow's paper can be found in which to spread their fame abroad.

     A No. 1 pony will be sold at auction on the Square, at 10 o'clock, to-day.

     Masquerade suits, Main street between Seventh and Eighth, over the German Savings Association.