Jan. 22. This proved to be but too true. Herose this morning, though not feelingquite as well as usual, and commencedto do something, when hesuddenly fell, and soon died.Dr. thinks from the symptoms describedto him, that he died of acongestive chill in connection withsome heart disease. How true is it;that "in the midst of life we are indeath." Mr. Poland has just built anew tavern house and stable, buthe has been called to leave themand his wife and children. Letus "be also ready." In less than twomonths, there have been four deathsin this neighborhood. Elmer camein this forenoon, and spent sometime conversing with me. Amongother things, we talked of an articlein the New York Tribune entitledthe "Art of Living" - editorial - andsome replies in the way of letters.The editorial remarks were designedfor country housewives, and changesthem with cooking badly, beingJan. 22. dirty, not having their houses wellventilated, etc. The editor states the"breakfast of the country people is generallymade up of fried salt pork, poorbread, and a muddy compound calledcoffee. For dinner they have thesame minus the coffee, plus a pot ofwatery potatoes." This has raised the ireof some of the country women, and agreat many letters have been senthim apart of which he publishes.They all seem to wonder where he hasbeen to get such poor living. Andsome one has sent him a box, containinga nice loaf of bread, aroasted chicken, a pound of butter,and a bowl of apple sauce. The receiptof these he acknowledges, and saysif all the country cooks were as goodas those who prepared those articleshe could find no fault with them.I do not think he has been quitegentlemanly enough, but Elmerthinks he is just right. No doubt hehas told some truth. Mr. Walker calledthis evening.
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