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

March 6, 1870.

     The public square was crowded yesterday, despite the threatening weather.

     The river is rising, and is almost clear of ice.

     Candidates are cropping up. 

     The March term of the Circuit Court for Jackson County commences at Independence one week from to-morrow.

     The lamps on Fifth street want attending to; several glasses broken.

     Friend Simons is becoming romantic.  We suppose he is in love.  We really envy him his success, and shall endeavor in our humble way "to follow in the footsteps of our distinguished predecessor."

     A man name Dunnington killed H. A. Hines in the Big Creek timber, in Cass county, just south of the Jackson county line, yesterday morning.  Dunnington shot Hines three times with his revolver, then broke his skull with an axe.  The fight was caused by a family quarrel.  Dunington gave himself up to the Sheriff of Cass county and was taken to Harrisonville.

     Six "drunks" were disposed of in the Recorder's court yesterday.

     A special service of the congregation and Sabbath school united, will be held in the English Lutheran church this morning.  "Gather the people together, men and women and children, and the stranger that is within the gates," Deut. 31, 12.

     Mr. E. H. Oswald leaves for the East this to-morrow, to purchase a fine stock of millinery.

     We are glad to note the appointment of W. J. Phillips as Assistant Assessor, Division No. 1, Sixth District of Missouri.  Mr. P's office will be with the Assistant U. S. Assessor, over the Postoffice.  "Jutt" was formerly connected with the Journal, and if he is as good an assessor as he was circulator, Uncle Samuel will have gained a valuable servant.  The new assessor has our heartiest and best wishes for his future success.