Delia Locke


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Nov. 16. the floor, and then getting down to it andpretending to write very busily. And heusually holds his pencil in a proper way,i.e. as a person holds a pen. He is very fondof his papa, and will run to him withoutstretched arms, whenever he comes homefrom abroad. Across word grieves himvery much - dear little one - how I wishhe could pass through this world withouthearing or speaking one. He behaves wellat table, and is almost always a good little boy.Nov. 17. T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 67.S.S.58. Bro. Elmerhas been spending the evening with us.Nov. 18. Wednesday. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 69.S.S. 62.George - a Frenchman - commonly knownas French George came to work for the I suppose he will now be one of thefamily for the present. Bro. Elmer wasalso here to dinner, shortly after which,Mr. & Mrs. Athearn with their little babemade us a call. I have just noticed in the paper,that Mrs. Gray, formerly Mrs. Tittle,has been posted by her new husband. Hesays she has "abused and deserted him." Disgraceful!But probably both parties are at fault.They usually are in such cases.Nov. 19. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 70.S.S.63. Today wehave received letters from our Easternfriends. They write, all are well. Joyful!Nov. 20. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 70.S.S. 62.Nov. 21. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 72.S.S. 62.Nov. 22. Sabbath. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 66.S.S. 56. TodayDr. has been down to a Methodist meetingat Mr. Compton's at which Mr. & Mrs. C.were baptized. They went down into theriver, and Mr. Compton kneeled while thewater was poured upon him, but Mrs.Compton was immersed. Rev. Mr. Carnduffcame here to dinner. Tonight we learnthat Mr. T. B. Parker's oldest son - Williamis dead. Another of Dr. Bentley'spatients. He has had croup and fever.This is very sad. This will make four ofthe Parker children, from two families,buried side by side during the past year.Nov. 23. T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56. WilliamParker was buried today. Father Locke isagain very sick. Poor man, we think hecannot live long, but my time maycome as soon. May we be prepared for life or death.Nov. 24. T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59. Cloudy. Wehave just received a letter from Miss Shackford.

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