June 21. Sabbath. T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 74.This is my Father's birthday. He is nowforty two years old. We have been to S. S.school today. Mr. Brakeman was theteacher of our class, and quite a discussionarose, in which several of themale members participated, concerningvisions. Mr. Brakeman was verystrenuous in advocating the viewthat angels do really appear to men,and that they see them with themind's eye, but not with the bodilyeyes. No one else agreed withhim, most thinking that visionswere a sort of dreams or trances,in which the imagination was moreactive than usual. I think there aresuch persons as angels, and that Godsometimes opens the eyes of men sothat they can see them, which theycannot do without the interpositionof Almighty power, as angles arespirits. After S. school, Mr. Wallacegave me a pretty bunch of flowerswhich he had gathered. Mr.Alexander was here to dinner,June 21. and Bro. George and Miss Shackfordcame over on horseback andspent the evening here.June 22. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71. Bro.George and Miss Shackford camealong in the wagon and invited meto visit the school with them,which is now kept in the schoolhouseabove. I went accordingly. On ourway, we rode in and visited the IndianRancharea. We went far enoughout to see the river, whichhere makes a pretty curve. Theirgardens are now in a flourishingcondition. We also went in andlooked at their dance-house, whichis very difficult of entrance. It isbuilt under ground, and there isonly a hole on the top of the groundthrough which to enter. One mustfirst take a leap down, and thenstoop so as nearly to crawl along thepassage way. When you get in, it isquite a little room, supported bytimbers, which are then all coveredover the outside with earth, so as to give
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