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

Sunday, July 17, 1870.

     The river is falling slowly and there was no business whatever during the day, no boats arriving until evening, when the W. J. Lewis, of the Star line, came up.  She leaves for St. Louis early this morning.

     The proprietor of Cook's pasture has made a "home run" on the base ballists.  He says they shan't play there anymore.

     The bottom has fallen out of Lincoln street, West Kansas, near the H. & St. Joe depot.  It ought to be mended.

     The dog tax collector insists that the owners of canine stock must come forward and pay the tax on them or they will be impounded and slain.  Go pay it, and don't allow your dogs to be put in a pound; it makes a dog look very subdued and melancholy to put him in a pound, especially a pound of sausage.  One or two mongrel whelps could possibly be spared, however, out of the myriads that run at large in the city.

     Last night three men who have been arrested and placed in the jail attacked and cut a sand boatman named Baily very seriously with a razor.  The scene of the affray was on the levee near the gas works.  At the late hour of writing, further particulars could not be published.  We are indebted to Deputy marshal Dowd for the information, that gentleman having come out of his way to give it to us.

     Last night a man named Wm. Sharp, who is a bridge carpenter on the Fort Scott Railroad, was severely bitten by a dog at a grocery store on third street, between Walnut and Grand avenue, kept by a man named Rodden.  He had gone in there to buy groceries, when the dog attacked him and bit him in five places, lacerating the right hand very seriously.  The dog belongs to Rodden, and he will doubtless kill him after such an exhibition of his meanness.

     Recently the young son of Mr. Henry Bowser, teacher of the colored school, met with a painful accident.  He had a bottle of powder and a box of caps for one of the toy pistols which of late have been sold to many boys in this vicinity.  He came near the stove, and the cap on the pistol snapped.  The powder exploded at the same time burning his arm and leg quite severely.  His clothing took fire, but that danger was soon averted by the prompt efforts of persons near at hand.  boys cannot be too careful in handling powder.