Delia Locke


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Mar. 9. show marked improvement of theformer ones. We went into several ofthem, and though they were not veryneat, yet we could see conspicuousin them, a desire to imitate whitepeople. Several beds I noticed placedon bedsteads - rude ones, to be sure -but certainly this is better than theirformer way of sleeping. One bed, inparticular, had a dark spread on itover the blankets, also pillows, whichwere covered with dark calico pillowcases, with a ruffle on the edge.The squaws were mostly absent, andthe men were doing nothing althoughthey can work to good advantage,and some of them command,in harvest time, as highwages as the whites. One little Indiangirl, about three or four years old,I should judge, was very muchafraid of me, and nestled, screamingwith terror, behind her mother.From this place, we rode to thenew stone mill. We went over it,and looked at the machineryMar. 9. Dr. here took in a load of grain,and then we went up and calledon Mrs. Poland. Her little boyis now very well, but her littlegirl is sick. She looks very lonely,but she is quite cheerful.After we had returned home, EmmaHolman and Alice Hitchcockcalled on their way home fromschool and gave me a beautifulbunch of flowers.Mar. 10. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.Mar. 11. Wednesday. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S.65. This morning, about twentyanimals, mostly mules, went alongby, packed with goods forthe mines, I suppose. I havebeen writing to Mother Locke.Mar. 12. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65. I havetoday been engaged partly inwriting to my parents and to SisterLusie.Mar. 13. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.Mar. 14. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.Mar. 15. Sabbath. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S.65. Today we have been to the S. school

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