T. DWIGHT THACHER, Editor and Proprietor.

Wednesday, May 4, 1864.

     Several loads of sheep pelts from New Mexico arrived yesterday.

     George Thompson, the great English Abolitionist, has been invited to speak at Leavenworth.

     The Hope went down yesterday.  She was grounded on a bar about a half mile below the city.  She was several hours getting off.

     Capt. Chester Thomas has just arrived at Lawrence from Fort Gibson -- eight days on the road with eighteen men -- saw no bushwhackers and does not believe the stories about Quarntrell's having returned.

     The Leavenworth Conservative mentions the arrival in that city of five fugitive slaves from Liberty, Mo.  they were refused a passage over the river by the ferry boat, but soon found help in the shape of a skiff and crossed over.  They were welcomed by a great crowd of colored people, among whom were many of their former friends and acquaintances.

     The present spring is remarkable in this latitude.  Ordinarily, by this time, gardeners are well along, and the earlier varieties of vegetables abundant; but this year they have as yet hardly appeared above the ground.  Grass is backward and the leaves have hardly started yet on the treas.  Everything is nearly a month later than last year.

     We know of no public improvement which would be more universally acceptable to our citizens, or which is more needed in our city, than plank sidewalks upon our principal streets.  Aside from Main street there is not a street in town which is not nearly impassable for pedestrians on account of mud, every time we have a spell of wet weather.  There is no necessity that such a state of things should continue.  It doesn't speak well for the town.