May 5. to eat from a table set with dishes.There was also a man called a jugglerwho did some remarkable things.Standing on a horse which kept aneven cantering, he threw up firstone ball, then another and anotheruntil he had four flying at once.These he would catch in a cupfastened to the back of his head.Also he would catch them on hisshoulders and let them roll downinto his hands. The same memberof dishes he suspended on sticksand kept them whirling constantlyone on each hand, one on the topof his head, and the other on hischin. Then he kept four sharpcarving knifes whirling over andover. This I consider as the mostingenious performance of all.May 6. Wednesday. T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 63. S.S.53. Cloudy & rainy. Although theweather did not look very propitious,we concluded to start forDrytown, as we were all ready. So aboutthe middle of the forenoon, we startedMay 6. in the spring wagon. At Mr. Athearn'swe crossed the river in a ferry boat, andthen proceeded on our way over thehills. The sky grew darker and darkerand about three miles before we reachedIone City, it began to rain. Wehad no umbrella with us, so we wereobliged to take it as it came. I tookoff Luther's hat, and wrapped himin a large shawl which I had taken.Then I spread my parasol, whichshielded our heads in a measure.But the rain drops came thickerand faster, and by the time wehad reached Rev. Mr. Sharp's in IoneCity, the rain was pouring in torrents.Here we stopped and dried our wetclothing. Mrs. Sharp is a very pleasantlady. Mrs. Ninms of Jackson Valleywas here also, whom I was wellpleased with. The sky was still darkand showers fell occasionally, so weconcluded we must remain here overnight. Our friends seemed pleased tohave us do so. They live in a smallhouse by themselves on the Creek.
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