Delia Locke


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Jan. 18. a lady whom I did not know, andnoticing that no one spoke to her, Iaddressed her, asking if she residedin the neighborhood, etc. I foundthat her name was Mrs. Rogers,that her husband also was there,and that they had moved upon theplace formerly occupied by Mr.Bramlet. They are reported to begood singers, and I hope this is true.Jan. 19. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58. A warm dayJan. 20. T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57. Dutch John,who was stabbed on the night of theeighth of the present month, passedby today, walking out. He is nownearly well, and thinks he shall goto work again soon.Jan. 21. Wednesday. T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 62. S.S.55. James Donnovan called here thismorning. He has been down on theSan Joaquin River, trapping beavers.He told us some interesting things abouttheir habits. He says they buildtheir houses of mud, and cover theoutsides of them with brush, andthat they know immediately ifJan. 21. any of this brush has been disturbedalthough a person may take greatpains to replace it so that it mayappear to lie exactly as before. Whentheir houses are much disturbedin this way, they will desert themInside, they plaster them up veryneatly, and arch them over the top.They are sometimes as large as six feeteach way. The entrance to them is alwaysunder water, they being builton the bank. Sometimes this entranceis as deep in the water as twentyfeet. Their pastime is sliding downthe banks into the water, ontheir hind feet and flat largetails. Just before reaching the edgeof the bank, they will dive, so asto go far under water. They sometimesbuild dams across a river, which causeit to overflow.Jan. 22. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52. The dayhas been a cloudy one. This morningI wrote to Mrs. Burt. Just as I hadfinished, information reached usthat Mr. Poland had suddenly died.

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