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

January 4, 1870.

     The weather continues pleasant.  If the present weather could be patented, what a fortune could be made.

     A correspondent wishes to know whose business it is to keep the sidewalks clear of old boxes, coal ashes, and other obstructions, which can be often seen in passing through the streets.

     On Sunday night Mr. Chase called at the residence of Mrs. Bolt, in McGee's addition, and when he went in he threw a costly afghan blanket over his horse.  When he came out again his fine afghan was gone, and his whip also.  Thieves are getting to be more numerous than pleasant.

     We are under obligations to R. S. Paterson & Co., wholesale liquor dealers, on Delaware street, for a present of champaigne on New Year's day, which shows that these gentlemen at least began the year with a good action, and we hope their prosperity during its continuance will be accordingly.

     New Year's day in Kansas City was given up almost entirely to social festivities, and to our citizens wishing each other many happy returns of the day.  At an early hour the gentlemen brushed up for the occasion, commenced to make their annual friendly visits, and the ladies, gorgeous in raiment and smiles, stood ready to receive them.  Quantity instead of quality takes the preference on this day, and the question, "How many called?" will be asked more frequently than, "Who called?"  The ladies who kept "open house" had their tables beautifully spread with the good things of life, and some had their dining rooms beautifully decorated.
      Miss Jennie Wood entertained her friends in the most delightful manner, and feasted them with prodigal liberality.  Her table was very tempting, and artistically arranged.
      The Misses Harris were honored with a large number of visits, and many "Happy New Years" circled round their well-filled table.
      Miss Askew and Miss Updegraff kept open ho use.  Their table was a marvel of excellence, and was thronged most of the day.
      Miss Belle Nichols held her reception at the residence of R. W. Quade.
      Mrs. Barchus' house was thronged the whole day, and this lady gave her visitors the most delightful "spiritual" comfort.
      Miss Mira Baker had many visitors, and entertained them in fine style.
      The Misses English received a large number of visitors, and entertained them in the most delightful manner.
      Miss Sallie Holden received her friends, and tickled their appetites with many good things.
      Misses Mollie and Ollie White had many callers to wish them "many happy returns of the day."
      Mrs. Mary Ann Troost and her niece, Miss Barkley, entertained their numerous friends in splendid style.  "Fort Mary" was besieged with visitors the whole day.
      Miss Sedgwick had many friends to wish her a Happy New Year.
      There were many others who kept open house, but by the time we had got round thus far, we were so fu ll of "Happy New Years" that our memory and pencil failed us.  We went to sleep amid mountains of cake and rocked upon the foamy billows of oceans of champagne.
    
     Members of Rising Star Lodge 146, I O. of G. T., will meet  to dedicate the Good Templar's Hall at 6 1/2 o'clock tonight, corner of 8th and Main streets. Dedicatory services will be performed, with addresses from distinguished orators who will be in attendance.  Wyandotte, Westport and Independence Lodges and all persons interested in the advancement of the temperance cause are respectfully invited to attend.