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

Sunday, July 10, 1870.

     The river is falling slowly, business on the levee dull.  The W. J. Lewis left for St. Louis yesterday morning, with a good trip.  The Silver Bow, from Omaha, passed down in the forenoon.  The Elkhorn, for St. Joe, passed up in the forenoon.  The W. B. Dance, of the Star line, will arrive this morning and leave in the evening.  The Glasgow, of the "O" line, should have been here to-day, but she broke some of her machinery in backing out from the wharf at St. Louis, and had to go to the bank for repairs. She is now choking a stump at the ways.  The Cornelia will be town Tuesday with another cargo of Chinamen -- 500 in number -- who are going South to work in the cotton fields.

    An itinerant organ grinder is at present charming the denizens of the Southern part of the city with his mellifluous wheezings.

     The Planter's House at t he Junction of Main an d Delaware streets, has been refitted and furnished and is now open to the public, with Mr. Henry L. Foot as proprietor.

     At Independence the "Glorious Fourth" opened with a profusion of fire works and fire water.  A runaway team smashed a wagon and killed one horse.  The Independence Cornet Band gave a picnic which was sell attended; the Leavenworth party expected at the grounds failed to attend.  Only one fight so far as heard from, and that too trifling to deserve mention.  Mr. Fowler, the brewer, while loading his pistol for use against a belligerent neighbor, accidentally shot his little girl.  She is now said to be in no danger.

     Friday afternoon Thomas, a little son of Mr. Samuels, who lives on New Delaware street between 14th and 15th streets, fell into a cistern on his father's premises, which was left open, and was drowned.  It is supposed that he met with the accident about 2 o'clock, but his body was not found until seven in the evening.  The child's mother accidentally found the body by going to the cistern to draw water for filling the kettle preparatory to making tea.  This sad accident should be an admonition to those who have such dangerous traps as uncovered cisterns to secure them against repetitions of this distressful occurrence.