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

March 18, 1870.

     The weather celebrated St. Patrick's day by a general clearing up.

     Business is brisk and merchants are feeling hopeful.

     The Republican ward meetings last night were largely attended.  The best of feeling prevailed.

     Registration has again been extended.  Republicans do your duty and register at once.

     Mr. R. S. Patterson, the well-known wholesale liquor merchant, ahs returned from the East, where he has purchased a splendid stock of pure liquors.

     Mr. Emil Ganz, of the firm of Ganz Bros., has just returned from the East with a fine stock of ready made clothing, which will soon be ready for public inspection.  He also employed a first class cutter, an d this old and reliable firm will at once engage in merchant tailoring.  Give them a call at 218 Main street.

     Yesterday St. Patrick's day was duly celebrated by the Irish residents of this city.  The cheerless weather which has prevailed for the last few days gave way to sunshine and warmth, and it really seemed as though the Saint had blessed his anniversary.  The Irish Benevolent society, who seem to have taken the celebration of the day under their charge, assembled at their rooms on the corner of McGee and Ninth streets, and proceeded to Father Halpin's church,  where solemn High Mass was celebrated -- all the Catholic clergy of the city participating  in the impressive ceremonies.  At the conclusion of the services the Society was presented with a wreath of natural flowers, by the children of the Bellevue Seminary.  A bright little girl read an address on behalf of the Seminary.  About noon the services having concluded, the procession was formed on McGee street, with the right resting on Ninth street, and headed by the band, presented a very imposing appearance.  In the evening the Irish Benevolent Society gave a grand ball at Long's Hall, and a banquet at the St. Nicholas Hotel.  The ball may be set down as a grand success.  The music was good, the company select, and all present seemed to enjoy themselves heartily.  After several dances had gone through the company adjourned to the St. Nicholas to partake of hte banquet.  The dining hall was beautifully decorated, and the fair ladies and brave men present sat down to discuss and do justice to the bill of fare.  Raw oysters, oyster soup, Mackinaw Trout, salmon, haddock sturgeon, these served with wine sauce; cold, boiled, and roasted meats of all kinds served with a variety of relishes; a dozen different kinds of  pastries, cakes, tarts, jellies, fruits, cheeses, and nuts comprised the desert.  The company then returned to the hall and "tripped the light fantastic" until far into the "wee sma" hours when they departed homeward, carrying with them pleasant memories of the Irish Benevolent Society's first grand ball.