Delia Locke


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Nov. 6. Last eve, a sad accident occurred near here.Mr. Philip Megerle was returning fromSacramento, and drove into the river nearthe old mill, intending to ford. His horseswere drowned, and he came near being so,but clambered upon the top of the wagon,and saved himself. He remained thereabout three hours before he was heard, andthe water was near the top of the wagon,which was caught in some-tree roots andbranches, and so did not float away. Mr.Megerle can ill afford to meet with such a loss.Bro. E. H. has been here this evening.Nov. 7. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62. Miss Shackfordcame to have a tooth filled, and dined withus. Mr. Littlefield was also here. Mr. Burlingamecalled this afternoon on business. Thiseve. I have been with the Dr. to see Mrs. Holman.I wished to get her opinion on thesubject of dancing being introduced intothe Sewing Circle. She was not present at thelast meeting, and I did not know hermind about it. I find she agrees with me inthinking it an improper amusementfor such meetings. I am much pleased atthis, and hope we shall be able to begin right.Nov. 8. Sabbath. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 61. Thisis sister Clara's birthday. She is now fouryears old. I have not been able to attend S. school.This evening, Mrs. Staples and Mrs. Govecalled, and I am happy to say that all myfears relative to the safety of our Sewing Societyare now dissipated; for they have, at lastagreed with me in my views relative todancing, and we intend to introduce aBylaw against it, at our very next meeting.I am happier now. Father, bless ourfeeble attempts to benefit our society.Nov. 9. T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.Nov. 10. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61. Mrs. Shackfordhas been visiting me this afternoon, and atteatime, Elmer came in and took teawith us, after which they rode home.Nov.11. Wednesday. T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.This afternoon, Mrs. Shackford and I rodedown to the Sewing Circle at Mrs. Staples. Weconcluded to have it meet again this week,because the first afternoon was so unpropitious.We had quite a good attendance. AsMrs. Holman was not present, I took alist of members, which now numbertwelve. The first pair of shirts was finished.

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