May 4. Dutchman before mentioned carryingoff the Dr.'s colt down towards hishome. As we did not know whatit meant, Dr. hurried immediatelyto Mr. Holman's, and there foundthat they had decided that thecolt did not belong to the Dr.,and without informing him of thefact, had allowed the Dutchmanto take it off. We are greatly surprised,and Dr. is really sickon account of it. What inducedMr. Athearn to decide in thisway, we cannot imagine. As toMr. Holman, I am not surprisedat all that he should decide so,for it was an exceeding goodopportunity for him to show outa spite which he very unjustlyholds against the Dr., on accountof money matters between them.I believe he lacks principle sadly.I assure the Dr. that Mr. Holmanmust feel much more unhappythan he does or can. Mr. Barton,I think, could easily be influencedMay 4. to decide as Mr. Holmanwished, as he is easily turned inany direction. So the matter is allexplained to my mind, except inreference to Mr. Athearn.May 5. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 60. Mr.Walker called and remained totea, and will stay over night.Mr. Vance has left us tonight.This evening we have attended acircus. This is the first I haveever attended. It was at Mr.Staples'. The number of Spectatorswas comparatively few, and therewere many unoccupied seats. Ido not think I would care to attendanother, though I was interestedin most of the performance.One lady rode very well. I wasgreatly interested in the performanceof a trained pony andmule. The pony fired off a pistolat his master's bidding, andthe mule would lie down andallow a man to lie with himbetween his legs, also pretend
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