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

December 7, 1870.

     Four new boarders at the calaboose last night.

     It rained quite heavy for a few moments last night.

     Marshal Speer's rogues gallery is increasing.

     McGee street, between 9th and 10th, is being graded.  Tenth street, east of Laurel, is under the shovel.
     There was quite a lively time on Delaware street to-day, caused by a boy making a raid on an apple stand.

     Another huge advertisement board is being erected on the high embankment on Bluff street.

     The parties who were fined $300 a few days since, for erecting a frame building on Main street, are building a brick in the place.

     The School Board have taken measures to have a stone wall placed on the Twelfth street front of the Second Ward school house yard.  The masons have the wall almost completed.  A handsome railway will be run the entire length of the wall to serve as a protection against any accidents to the children.  Steps lead from the yard to the street.

     Mr. Lawrence Barrett will make his first appearance the Coates Opera House this evening as Hamlet.

     The Franco-Prussian war has given some of the youth of our city an idea.  Several of them put this idea into effect yesterday to the sad discomfort of one of their number.  It seems that several of the rising youth of our city had bought three or four toy cannons and a half pound of powder and adjourned to a vacant lot where they built mimic fortifications and placed their cannons in position of bombarding the same.  Of course there were two sides and these were Prussian and French.  The French had two cannons in the fort and the Prussians two on the outside.  The battle began, and for the space of a few seconds raged fiercely, to the no small glee of the boys.  During the heat of the conflict the French magazine, which was in the pocket of one of the boys, blew up, burning a hole in the magazine, and scaring him to such an extent that he fled, leaving the field to the Prussians.  Fortunately he was more frightened than injured.  Boys, if you will play with powder remember that it don't mix with fire.

     Gen. Webb Wilder, editor of the Leavenworth Times, called to see us yesterday, and we were exceedingly glad to see him.  He cannot possibly doubt our more than 32,286 if he comes often, which we hope he will.

     Gen. E. M. Lee, of the Wyoming Tribune, published at Cheyenne, passed through this city yesterday and paid us a visit.  He is enthusiastic concerning his far western home and doubtless pardonably so.

     A gentleman at the Lindell Hotel yesterday at dinner, came out of the dining room, and by accident put on the wrong hat, which was "a world too wide," and it came down to  his neck in a most astonishing manner to him..  Making a frantic snatch at it he soon relieved himself, and after looking hurriedly around to see if any one had witnessed his dilemma, he adjusted his own sleek plug and departed, but a party of gentlemen saw the whole affair, and it was so ludicrous that they will laugh over it many a time hereafter.