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

Thursday, July 28, 1870.

     The river is still falling slowly, and business on the levee is a joke.  The Mary McDonald passed down yesterday afternoon.  The W. B. Dance is the packet to St. Louis to-day.  Arrangements have been made by the Star Line for a daily packet for St. Louis from this city.  Pilots report 6 feet of water to St. Louis and 4 1/2 feet to Omaha.

     Two young men, who had known each other as school boys, one of them from Blennerhassett's Island in the Ohio river, and the other from Parkersburg, Virginia, which two locations are near each other, met here yesterday for the first time since childhood and played several games of billiards together before they were much acquainted with the fact that they were one another.  It was finally ascertained by their being exempt from a strawberry mark on the arm.

     The rape case has been put off again on account of the absence of the prosecuting witness, and it is generally believed that said witness fails to come because the case is a weak one on the part of the plaintiff.

     The Young Man's Christian Association have again commenced holding their noon-day prayer meetings, commencing at 12:15, closing at 12:45 promptly.  Nearly all organizations of this kind sustain prayer meetings at noon.  Almost every Christian business man in our city can step into the rooms on Sixth street at noon and spend ten or fifteen minutes in prayer, singing or speaking.  By thus meeting together and telling each other what Christ has done for us we gain strength ourselves besides imparting strength to others.  All are invited to come.

     A committee appointed for the purpose of raising funds in behalf of the support of crippled and wounded soldiers and widows and orphans that may become so in the great struggle now pending between the Germans and Emperor Napoleon, met at Turners' Hall on Tuesday evening, July 26.

     Squire Ransom has a bigamy case, which so far as newspapers are concerned, is still in embryo.  It brings Kansas City and Leavenworth within the circle of its circumference, and bids fair to be refreshing in its dénouement.

     Last night at the Kentucky saloon, on Delaware street, Frank Parker, the champion billiardist of Illinois, played a match game with Matt Connors of Kansas and beat him.  The game was carom, 1,000 points, push shot barred.

     A gentleman who lives several miles in the country, hired a servant girl about a month ago, and noticed lately that she was enceinte, although she tried to conceal the fact.  Last Monday night he went out to lock his stables and met the girl coming away in a rather suspicious manner.  while at the stable he heard the crying of an infant, and upon search, found a new-born babe lying upon a piece of zinc plate in the stable.  He at once accused the girl of being its mother.  She at first stoutly denied it, but finally acknowledged that the babe was hers, and took it up and started off.  The gentleman, supposing that she would go to her brother's house, only a short distance away, pretty soon went to the house of the brother to satisfy himself that she had gone where she would be taken care of; but not finding her he searched about his farm and finally found her at the haystack with her babe wrapped up in a portion of her own clothing.  the farmer took her to her brother's house, but his wife refused her admittance.  He then took her back to his own house and his kind-hearted wife took the poor erring one in, and gave her all the attention that was necessary.  The mother and child were both doing well at last accounts.