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

Friday, July 29, 1870.

     The river continues to fall slowly, with five feet in the channel to St. Louis, and four and a half feet to Omaha.  The T. L. McGill, of the "O" Line, arrived here at 7 o'clock yesterday morning, and, after having discharged here a considerable amount of freight and a lot of passengers, left for Omaha.  The Kate Kearney left for Lexington early yesterday morning, having arrived the night before.  The W. B. Dance, having had some trouble with sandbars, returned to St. Louis from Waverly.

     Mayor McGee has returned form his mountain trip, bringing with him many funny stories, and curiosities, among which latter are some specimens of Rocky Mountain goat or antelope, which will be domiciled with the other deer in his lawn.

     Physicians study hard and put forth their greatest exertions to learn how to break pain, but a man yesterday effectually broke a large one at Hammerslough's.  It was a pane of glass in a front window 12 x 6 feet in dimensions and worth $400.  He was scrubbing it with a brush on the end of a long pole, and by some means knocked a piece off the capital of a column, which in falling struck a lower corner of the glass and shivered it, leaving streaks all through it like a glory, diverging from a common centre.
     The latest lottery was drawn on the public square yesterday.  The hotels had concentrated there a huge pile of baggage that had been left with them by guests who had left forgetting to pay their bills.  It was quite amusing to look into some of this travelling paraphernalia.  One handsome looking trunk was filled with sawdust, another had a lot of bricks neatly done up on newspapers.  A hard looking old valise had a good suit of broad cloth in it and one seemed to have been the common property of two persons of opposite sexes, for in a cigar box with a pipe and some smoking tobacco, was a well developed pair of palpitators and pants, socks and stockings, shirts and chemises, chignons, and razors, bustles and boots, were mixed together in a delightful state of promiscuousness.  Sometimes the purchaser was  sold as well as the trunk, and sometimes for a very small sum valuable articles were obtained.  'Twas altogether a game of chance, and with very little inconsistency the whole party might have been arrested for gambling.

     The Dog Pound. -- Down near the Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, is the dog pound, where stray dogs are impounded, and where they are removed from day to day from one pen to another until they get into a sixth one, from whence they are taken and pounded to death with a club, and then thrown into the river.  An owner of a dog, however, can get him from any of the intermediate pens, but the sixth day means sure death.  When killing day comes off the way poor canines suffer is a caution to the whole of that unfortunate race.  One of the officers of the institution, whose business it is to handle the club, and who is termed the "dog-belter,"  undertook to give us some very valuable information as to the derivation of the name of the establishment.  He said that it is called a "pound" because in nine cases out of ten the dogs are pounded to death.  He differs somewhat upon that subject with some authors whom we have read, but it is a question which shall not be meeted here.  It was, however, suggested to our mind that on account of the fact that many a pound of bologna sausage is there obtained might have been the origin of the designation.  This same official aforementioned will in a few days proceed to deprive sausage vendors of a considerable quantity of material by giving about two hundred of the deceased Trays a watery grave without so much as a funeral ceremony as saying, "thou shouldst not have gone astray," which remark will doubtless be suggested to the victims after it is everlastingly too late to profit thereby.

     Last night, about 11 o'clock, a man named John Clark, who hails from Texas, was robbed of $25.00 on the Levee.  He had gone down to a spring at the foot of main street to get a drink of water, when two men garroted him, and abstracted the money from h is pocket.  Later in the night, two men, who gave their names as Richard Clifford and Pete Canada, were arrested in Keck's saloon by Marshals Speers and Dowd, as the garrotters.