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

Saturday, May 14, 1870.

     Last night, near the hour of twelve, a difficulty occurred at O'Brien's saloon, on Main street, near the levee, between Johnny Kane and John Hassett.  A revolver was drawn on Kane and fired by John Hassett, but without effect.  Kane drew his six shooter and fired every barrel at Hassett, but without wounding him.  One of Kane's shots struck a man who was passing along on the opposite side of the street.  He was hit in the abdomen.  Dr. Woodson was called to attend the wounded man, who had been taken to the Court House.  He probed for the ball but could not find it.  The man who received the shot is J. Y. Barkley, and has been an employee of the Fort Scott road.  He took the matter coolly, said he wasn't half dead yet, and was escorted to his room by two companions on whose shoulders he leaned as he walked off.  We hear that Kane and Hassett have been arrested.

     Yesterday will not soon be forgotten by the many teachers and scholars of our public schools, who attended the pleasant picnic in Cook's Grove.  For some days the little folks had been looking forward with pleasurable anticipation to the picnic.  The wished for day came, and proved to be a bright and lovely one.  At an early hour, the different public school buildings were the scenes of a joyful gathering  of troops of children, teachers, parents and friends.  At 9 o'clock the Kansas City brass band made an appearance on the public square.  Shortly afterwards, the Fourth Ward School marched on the Square, and in a few moments came the Third, Second and First Wards.  Here under the command of Prof. J. R. Phillips, Superintendent, the long procession for the festival grounds was formed. 
     After forming the procession the march was taken up.  Leaving the Square, corner of Main and Fifth streets, the band struck up its soul stirring music, and the procession marched up Main to Eleventh, up Eleventh to Walnut, out Walnut to Ottawa, down Ottawa to Grand avenue, down Grand avenue to Milton street, out Milton to Broadway, and down Broadway to Cook's pasture.
     Here the procession was broken, and out upon the green sward ad libitum scattered the children, teachers, parents and friends, to the number of nearly two thousand.  Early in the afternoon a collation was spread upon the grounds and grandly enjoyed by all.  Games for childhood amusement, music, mirth and hilarity reigned throughout the day, and everything went merrily as the most sanguine could have wished.  Among the attractions of the afternoon was the playing of a match game of base ball by the Hectors and another club, which was won by the Hectors.  The picnic was a very pleasant one, well planned, and well managed by those having it in charge.