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

Friday, June 24, 1870.

     Business on the levee yesterday was dull.  the river is still declining.  The Nick Wall from Fort Benton passed down in the afternoon.  She stopped here a few minutes in order to land a Mormon family that came from 200 miles above Benton.  The Nile from St. Louis for Sioux city, passed early in the morning.

     One of the latest notions is the birth card, resembling a wedding card, but bearing the name of the new comer and the date of its advent, with the initials of its parents.

     It costs thirty dollars to refuse to answer the questions of a census-taker.

     The sad fate of the two boys who were drowned last Wednesday evening while bathing in the Missouri river should be a warning to the boys to be careful how they venture in the river.  Men were dragging the river and cannon was being fired yesterday at the scene but without success at last accounts.

     Frank Bruce knows how hard a mule can kick down hill. One of them gave him a practical illustration of it on the public square yesterday.

     A brass band gave to the populace its enlivening strains last evening at the beer garden nearly opposite the post office.

     Grading for sidewalks is being actively prosecuted on Broadway.  The material for the new sidewalks are being strung along that thoroughfare.  "We may be happy yet."

     The congregation of the Grand Avenue Methodist church are to have a picnic, to-morrow, in the grove in the eastern part of the city, near "Ranson's Farm House," top the right of Independence Avenue.  A very pleasant time is anticipated, and a cordial invitation is extended to all friends to be present and join in the day's amusements.