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

Tuesday, June 14, 1870.

     We were treated with another fine shower yesterday afternoon.  Business along the levee moderately active.

     The W. B. Dance, Star line, reached here Sunday night with heavy freight.  The Silver Bow, "O" line, came in from St Louis yesterday morning, landing goods.  The Kate Kearney passed down last night for Lexington.  The Turner arrived from Omaha last evening.  The Star line boats will hereafter leave the levee at 9 o'clock in the morning for St. Louis.  This arrangement will be a great convenience to both passengers and shippers of freight.  The river was falling some yesterday but last night it was again on the rise.

     Mr. N. Holmes, President of the Kansas City and Westport Street Railroad Company, informs us that a large portion of the timbers are on the round near Sixteenth and Grand Avenue, where a number of mechanics are at work framing the ties.  The track-laying will be commenced at Sixteenth street and proceed northward to Second street.  The iron will be bought next week, and we shoal soon see the street cars running.

     TERRIBLE MURDER. -- At the office of the City Marshal can be seen a white handled, two edged dirk knife --  the blade finely sharpened, and that is stained with human blood.  This favorite weapon of the notorious James Hall was used by him with a fatal attack Sunday afternoon.  With it he took the life of Timothy Hanlon -- driving the keen blade with all its fury deep into the neck and throat of his victim, whose life blood streamed from the horrible wound.  This happened at Switzgable's beer garden, in the southern part of the city, where a large number of persons were assembled, passing their time in drinking beer and listening to the music of the brass band usually provided for the delectation of our German fellow citizens.
     Among the crowd of pleasure-seekers yesterday was at least one seeker after blood.  This man Hall was there with his infernal thirst for a sanguinary quarrel, and he fixed his thoughts upon an honest, harmless Irishman, named Timothy Hanlon, a man of good character and quiet disposition, aged 30 or 32 years, the husband of a wife to to-day is a widow, and the father of a child who to-day is a defenseless orphan.

     SHOCKING DEATH. -- Yesterday morning as the two o'clock train on the North Missouri road was coming through a deep cut southwest of the bridge, the engineer saw the body of a man lying across the track.  The powerful engine could not be reversed in time to prevent it crushing over the form of hte prostrate man.  The tender and baggage car also passed over him.  His torn and mangled body was taken up and conveyed to the Union Depot.  Coroner Adams was informed of the fact and a jury was summoned to view the body.  The News states that the body of the man was terribly mangled.  It was the general opinion of those who saw the body that the man had been murdered and afterwards placed on the track, and a great many circumstances go to show this to be a reasonable conclusion.  The man had evidently been possessed of some means, as his clothes were of the best material.  The little finger of his left hand bore the mark of a large ring, but nothing of value was found on him.  It is natural to suppose that a man of his dress and appearance would have at least some money or valuables about him.  On this fact is founded the suspicion that he had been foully dealt with.  From the papers found on the body it was ascertained that the name of the man was George D. Campbell, and it is thought that his home had been in Marysville, Tennessee.  Some letters were in his pocket, a locket containing the picture of a young lady, and the photograph of John Wilkes Booth.  He had been a confederate soldier as a faded letter written six years ago by a girl in Alabama, gave evidence.  The case is shrouded in a dark mystery that may never be revealed this side of the hereafter.