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

December 9, 1870.

     December.  Moonlight.  You know it, do you?

     Farmers sold hogs on the square yesterday at eight cents per pound.

     Police items are rather dull, so far as newspaper men are concerned.  Only three cases before the police court yesterday.

     Dance on the Levee last night.  Matters quite lively there.

     Brigham Young has sent Hoover & Vaughn a sample of salt made at Salt Lake, which is really beautiful.  It resembles very much the Turk's Island salt, formed as it is in large crystals, but has the appearance of being better.  Mr. Hoover informs us that it can be furnished here cheaper than either the Turk's Island or Ohio river qualities, and another commendable thing that may be said about it, is that it is entirely free from lime or other foreign substance.

     New rails were laid yesterday on the railroad from the bridge to the Union Depot.

     A wedding party from Barry arrived at the Pacific House  yesterday, on their tour of observation.  C.  H. Parrish is the name of the unlucky chap.

     Mark Twain's great sensational map of the "war in Europe" was duplicated on the jaw of an Irish laborer, on Grand avenue last night.  He insulted a comrade, and in the melee that ensued, had his mouth-piece badly battered.

     Last night about 11 o'clock Capt. Phelan, the lately elected Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, had occasion to come down town.  While passing down Walnut street, near the St. James Hotel, he noticed four men approaching him on the sidewalk.  From the appearance of the men, the thought they were drunk and stepped aside to permit them to pass, but instead of passing they moved over to where he was standing, and one of them struck at him.  The stroke was noticed and dodged in time.  The Captain then drew his revolver and prepared to defend himself.  The sight of the revolver worked such a change on the men that they quickly withdrew and left the Captain master of the situation.

     A new hotel and restaurant will be opened to-morrow, at 606 Main street above Sixth, bu Mr. J. Opitz, under the name "The Louisville House."  The house has been thoroughly refitted, renovated, painted, and replenished in excellent style, and will be kept in a first class manner.  The hotel will be ready on Saturday to accommodate borders by the day or week, and with or without lodgings.  Saturday night there will be a grand free lunch, to which everybody is invited.

     The beautiful and highly intelligent Miss Phoebe Couzins appeared last night, at Frank's Hall, before a fair audience in size, and one that could not be excelled for appreciativeness.  Her lecture is decidedly a logical one, and ins filled with pretty sayings and sharp and witty hits.  Miss Couzins rounds off her sentences so nicely and smoothly that it is a most refreshing relief to listen to her.  Aside from the fascinating fact that Miss Couzins is a young lady of rare intellectual ability and wonderful attainments, not only of law but in other branches of useful knowledge, she has other great advantages in knowing how to dress tastefully; in being naturally petite and pretty, having a piquant, and at the same time charmingly, easy manner and a clear and musical voice.  With these rare weapons present full in the face of the audience at first glance, she secures them prisoner at once.  The lady very much pleased those who heard her last night, and the public should feel under obligations to Mr. Sackett, not only for his energy and enterprise in obtaining lecturers, but also for good taste in his selections.