May 28. T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 68.As Patrick, our hired man, wasworking down in the meadow athaying, he found a rattlesnakeand killed it. It had seven rattleson its tail. He brought it homeand cut it open, and found alarge bird entire in its stomach -beak, feet, feathers and all. Ido not see how so small a snakecan swallow so large a bird. WhenGeorge came along, returning fromthe mines - at Columbia, wherehe has been - he stopped to talkawhile with me. He has seenNellie Sears. She is at home andwell. We wish she would make usa visit. I have been writing to A.A. H. The babe is now six weeksold and weighs eleven pounds.He is now growing finely.May 29. T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.Elmer sent me two bowls ofstrawberries beautifully ornamentedwith flowers over the top, oneof which I sent to Mrs. Holmanthe other to Mrs. and Miss Montgomery,with notes to each. TheMay 29. last two ladies sent me anice bunch of figs. Have been writingto mother.May 30. Friday. T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 85.S.S. 64. This is my birthday. I am now 20years old - almost as old as motherwas when I was born. My last birthdayI spent in N. E., but not sopleasantly as this which I have spentin Cal. The day, which has been verypleasant, we have spent in ridingabout and making calls. We calledfirst on Mrs. Bodenhamer, whohas a little babe two week old - adaughter. Think my babe compassvery favorably with hers, but hershas not been well. I presented herwith a box of strawberries for whichshe was very grateful. Think sheis a pleasant woman, and should bepleased to make her acquaintance,We next proceeded to call on Mrs. Compton,who has a little daughter two daysold. The babe is a beautiful one. FoundMrs. C. doing well and happy to seeme. Gave her a box of strawberries, alsoone to Mrs. Flood, her another. She,Mrs. F. has a noble boy, 4 months old.
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