Delia Locke


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July 26. also a few had guns. But one manwas killed. He was first shot in thehead, then all rushed upon himwith spears and soon despatched him.This ended the fight. The enemyretired with the slain man, cuthim in pieces, burned the body,and scattered the ashes to the winds.The cause of this battle was verytrivial. Two men were eating peaches,and one of them threw a peach - stoneinto the others claim, andrefused to pick it out again. Thiswas all, yet one man must losehis life before peace could be restored,Mr. M"Culloch says he saw a companyof Chinese teaching a little childto worship an idol. It was bowingbefore the idol on a mat, and allaround seemed deeply interested inthe performance. Mr. M"Cullochhas made me a present of a pencil-sharpener,a contrivance whichI have never seen before. By its use,we can dispense entirely with aknife in sharpening lead pencils.July 27. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 73. Mr. M"Cullochleft about the middle of the forenoon,with a promise to come again.Shortly after, Mrs. Vincent came.After dinner, she, Luther and Iwent in the gig to the Ranch, andspent the afternoon. Luther hasnot been very well today.July 28. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 65. Lutherhas been quite sick today - has notplayed at all - but has moanedvery much and been very restless.The cause of his illness is teething.He has cut through three molar teethtoday. And what is very singular is,that these molar teeth have come,while as yet he has but three singleteeth on the lower jaw - the fourthhaving not yet come. He has hadmuch fever and distress in his head,and has had his gums lanced. Towardseve, the Misses Athearn and their cousin -Miss Loneus called for a short time.July 29. Wednesday, T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S.77. Luther has been rather better today,and has played a little about.

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