1883. Oct. 7. Sabbath. We have had a rare treat today, one long to be remembered by me. It was the pleasure of listening to Prof. Norton. He preached here in the school house. His subject was "partaking unworthily of the sacraments." His ideas of what constitutes the "sacraments" were new to me, but beautiful. And he held his audience almost breathless, as it were, to end of his discourse, ot was so interesting. He enumerated the sacraments as labor, love, suffering and death, and showed how each ennobles and beautifies our lives, and exalts us from earthly to heavenly hopes and aspirations. And we should fear, list we partake of them unworthily, and so frustrate the beneficent designs of our Creator in our behalf. I wish we could listen to him oftener. But I wonder how he can preach at all, in addition to his labors as Prof. in the Normal. It is a labor of love on his part, and he hardly ever allows himself a Sabbath to rest, preaching at Gilroy regularly and also at neighboring school houses. I am sure his character is ennobled by all these labors of love.
Oct. 8. Monday. I have written to Howard an abstact of yesterday's sermon, and received letters from Willard and Hannah. Mr. Pascoe arrived by the noon train and came up with Mr. Miller, and very glad we were to see him. After dinner we started out for a walk, and Ida and I walked to Mrs. Slaughter's, as she had promised to do, and made a call. Mr. Pascoe is looking well.
Oct. 9. Tuesday. By the noon train today, we went to Santa Cruz, Ida, Mr. P and myself. Mr. Slaughter took us in his wagon to Weight's Station. On the train we met Ada, Mrs. Cooke and Will, and quite a number of other Oakland people, whom we knew, all bound with us to the meeting of the General Association. The lamps are lighted when we take the train at Wright's, though it is mid-day, and continue so all the way to Santa Cruz, because the most part of the way we pass through tunnels. Just after we leave Wright's, we enter the famous tunnel on fourth of a mile in
1883. length, where thirty men lost their lives when it was in process of construction, by an explosion of gas. It is supposed that oil could be found hereabouts, and a company put up a derrick and commenced digging for it, but after going to a great depth and their funds, becoming exhausted, they gave it up. Their buildings and derrick still stand, and the work may at some time be resumed. Just as we enter the city of Santa Cruz, we emerge from a tunnel, and enter the large R.R. Station, which is used by both broad and narrow guage railroads. Mrs. Willet, the wife of the Cong. pastor, was at the station on the look out for us, and said she had a nice place all ready for us near by, so we walked to a boarding house kept by Mrs. Eastwood and her daughters, where places were assigned to Ida, Mr. Pascoe and myself. We find also Mr. Sweetzer of Sacramento and Rev. Hitchcock of Suisun, and Judge Brown and wife of Stockton, at the same place. As the meeting does not commence till evening, we went out after lunch to make a few purchases. Just as we started out, we met Mrs. Mary Baxter of Haywards. I have not met her before for years. She also troubled with asthma and came for a change of air - is intending to stop at Soquel awhile. Many of the buildings here in Santa Cruz are built upon very high hills, and long flights of steps are built up to them. There yards are so very steep, that should a child fall and begin to roll down, he would not stop for many feet. Down on the flat, where we are, we cannot see the ocean, which is about a mile away, and a famous light house is there. As Ida and I were tired, we did not attend the preaching service this evening. Rev. Mr. Savage preached the opening sermon, which Mr. P says was especially good - text - "Walk ye about Zion, and mark her bulwacks", &.c. The mosquitoes are very troublesome here, and we have also had a shock of earthquake, so we did not rest very well.
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