Delia Locke


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Jan. 23. busy stir of the world comes near enoughto disturb the deathlike stillnessof the scene. Truly this is a fittingplace to meditate on the endof all earthly things, at the sametime that our thoughts are drawnupward to that God who thus manifestshimself through his works.There is some talk of consecratingthis to be a public burying-ground.I approve of the idea, and hope itwill be done. Luther has another tooththe right upper front tooth.Jan. 24. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54. James Donnovandined with us today.Jan. 25. Sabbath. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.This has been a cloudy day. I tooksuch a bad cold on the day of thefuneral, that I have not felt ableto attend the S. School today.Jan. 26. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52. Anothercloudy day. Elmer has been herethis evening, and we have had apleasant time.Jan. 27. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 60 S.S. 56. This afternoonthe weather promising to beJan. 27. very fair, we started for a ride. Wefirst rode across to Mr. Moore's newtavern house, which he has just erectedon what he has named "BearCreek Ranch." The grass has growntall enough to give the plains a veryverdant, pretty appearance. Springhas indeed again come with us,and Nature is again reviving herslumbering energies. So when we haveslumbered long enough "in dust" wiltthou bid us arise and give us life,that we may live with thee, O mostholy One. We rode from Mr. Moore's tocall on Mrs. Poland. We found herimproved in health, but both herlittle ones are sick - the smallerdangerously so. She seems very calmand composed, and bears all her trialsremarkably well. Miss RebeccaAthearn was staying with her thisafternoon. On our way home, we calledon the Megerle family, who areliving in the school house nearMrs. Poland's, while their new houseis being built, near by. They seem

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