Delia Locke


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Mar. 27. have had some showers today, accompaniedwith wind. I havewritten to my mother again. Dr. &Robert have attended a rodero atMr. George Thomason's. Thisname - rodero, is given to a gatheringof people and horses or catch.The cattle are driven to one placeby those who assemble, havingvarious brands on them, andthem those who have lost horsesor cattle can search for their ownand, if found, can take themaway. They have had a sadtime today. Mr. Thomason keepsa bar, and his wife has beentending it, and many havegot much intoxicated. O whenwill people stop keeping thesegrog-shops - those places where manyare rendered so wretched - andall for a little gold! Not untilthen may we hope to reform themorals of many, with whom todrink liquor is the greatest temptationto sin.Mar. 28. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 50. The dayhas been cloudy and rainy. Dr. attendedanother rodero near "PaddyCreek," as they call it, on the roadto the "Fifteen Mile House", andhas brought home with him, WebsterBowen of Dry Creek, who willremain with us all night.Mar. 29. Sabbath. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S.57. Webster Bowen left us this morning.As it has been very pleasantwe have all attended S. School.Mar. 30. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59. TodayI have written to sister Susie.Mar. 31. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 53. Showery.This afternoon, Dr. came inand said that he was going tothe mill in a wagon, and if Iwished, I might ride up theroad somewhere, I therefore embracedthe opportunity to call onMrs. Holman. We had alreadyhad one shower of rain, and theclouds looked portentous of another.But I went, and tho itrained some, we did not get much wet,

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