Delia Locke


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May 25. T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M.101. S.S. 84. The weatheris so warm that my poor little boy cannotrecover his strenghth as he otherwisewould. He is worse again, andsymptoms of fever are added to hisother troubles. I am almost sorrythat we ever undertook to take sucha long journey with him, when he isso young. I hope we shall not losethe dear little one. It would be sosad in connection with the circumstances.I have been writing to Susie,May 26. T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70. Ourschool in the new schoolhouse hadan examination and exhibition today,but I was obliged to stay withLuther, so I could not attend it.He is still very sick.May 27. Wednesday. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84.S.S.66. Mr. Walker called this morningwith some strange news. Mr.and Mrs. Rogers, who live five milesbelow and have no children, had apresent of a little babe on Mondaynight, by some unknown person.They were awaked in the middle ofMay 27. the night, by the sound of carriagewheels, and on going out, Mr. Rogerssaw two men running away fromthe front door, where he founddeposited a basket, in which was alittle baby girl. A note placed besideit, said that she was ten daysold, and asked them to be kind tothe little orphan. There was quite aquantity of nice, well made clothingalso in the basket, for the babe.Report says they are well-pleasedwith the gift, and I should thinkthey would be. Luther is better again.This makes us very happy.I have been writing to my parentsand Cousin A.A. Holden.May 28. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70. Thisafternoon, Mr. & Mrs. Little Johncame to see us. She wished to havesome teeth filled. They live somenine or ten miles away from us,and I have never seen them before.I have heard from those who knowher, that she is a very pleasantlady. He is a very ignorant man.

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