Delia Locke


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Dec. 11. is under a tree a little fromthe roadside in the vicinity of thefatal accident. He would have beentwenty one in a few days. His fatheris almost broken-hearted. A postmortemexamination made by the Dr.showed that the ball passed throughthe liver, through the diaphragmand the left lung, and was lodgedin the muscles of the back. TheCoroner's jury returned a verdict ofdeath by a gunshot wound, thegun being in the hands of some unknownperson. Mr. Callon, wholives above us about five miles,lost a little girl-three years oldfrom croup, today. The Dr. wasnot called in season to save her.The funeral is to be at Dry Creekwhere the family formerly resided.Dec. 12. T.S.R. 26. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 42.This is sister Hannah's birthday.Mr. Douglass called and remainedwith us to dinner. Hannah is nowseven years old.Dec. 13. T.S.R. 24. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45. This wasthe coldest morning we have had sinceI have been here - 8 deg. below freezing point.Dec. 14. Sabbath. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 48.We have all attended S. school today.Dec. 15. T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48. I havetoday been writing to my parents.Dec. 16. T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48. Theweather today has been cloudy and rainyLuther is now eight months old.His weight is the same as it was atseven months old twenty-one pounds.The reason for his not gaining anyin weight, is, I suppose, because heis commencing to show marked signsof teething, although he has not yetany teeth. His gums are very muchswollen, and we think he will verysoon have teeth. He plainly showsgreat fondness for music, and Ihope he will make a singer. Henotices every change of dress, both ofmine and of his own. He also knowshis name very well. He will standin a chair alone, holding to the backfor a few minutes. His hair is beginningto show plainly. His wrist is as large round as mine.Dec. 17. Wednesday. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53.S.S. 48. Showery. I have been writingto Sister Susan.Dec. 18. T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.

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December 1856

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