Sept. 8. Friday. The air is exceedingly thick and sultry. For several days and nights, the sun and moon have had a very red appearance. Indeed neither of them shines brightly at all. Perhaps we shall have rains soon to clear the air. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Sept. 9. Saturday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Sept. 10. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend meeting today. Mr. Chester has preached as usual, this evening from the history of Moses. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) Sept. 11. Monday. Mother called a short time this afternoon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.) Sept. 12. Tuesday. Very early this morning, between one and two o'clock, Dr. was called to see Mr. Rice, with Dr. Foote. He was thought to be dying, but after working over him for two or more hours, he rallied, was more comfortable, and is still alive. But unless the action of his stomach can be changed, he cannot long survive, for he vomits all food and medicine, and for days has had constant nausea. Mr. Powell, of Rio Vista, called here this afternoon. They call their baby daughter - "Annie Laurie." He thinks of going East soon to visit. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 81.) Sept. 13. Wednesday. I was not able to attend the Lodge this eve. Two young men were initiated - George Kellogg and William Wood. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Sept. 14. Thursday. Luther and Howard have started today with the shearers for the Mountain Ranch. Dr. has purchased a large flock of sheep, to put upon that Range, with Otto to take care of them, and now they are to be sheared. Mr. Rice died this eve at a quarter past seven o'clock - went in doubt and darkness, left alone, with no Saviour to walk with him the "dark valley." He evidently put off to a dying hour, the great business of life, and when that hour came, he knew not how to secure his salvation. He made such remarks as there, "How can I trust in Jesus?" "I know not what to believe." How sad that he should go in this way. 1871. I have not been able to attend the prayer meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) Sept. 15. Friday. This morning, a post-mortem examination was made of the body of Mr. Rice, and it was found that he had an abscess on the liver, which was probably the cause of his death. This afternoon, a hearse came from Stockton and conveyed the body of the deceased to that place for interment, after the funeral in the church, at which Mr. Chester officiated. Less than five mos ago, his wife was buried, and he has not seemed well since, has mourned much for here, and had but just resumed his duties as a teacher, which he relinquished immediately after his bereavement. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) Sept. 16. Saturday. The air is very thick, so as to obscure the sun and moon almost entirely. Were it not for this, the extreme heat would be almost unbearable. I think I have never known a time in Cal. when the weather seemed more sultry than now. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) Sept. 17. Sabbath. What I wrote of the weather yesterday, does not apply to today, for there is a change, and it is very grateful. It has been decidedly cooler, especially is it so tonight. Taking John Calvin, we all attended meeting. Mr. Chester preached, and I bless the Lord that I was permitted to hear that sermon, for it was good. The text was, "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. "He mentioned serveral traits in Christ's character - such as his faith, his prayerful spirit, his meekness, his charity, and his forgiveness of injuries. O I love to contemplate the character of Jesus. There are to be no more meetings in our church while the Camp Meeting of the United Brethren continues at Mok. Station. Dr. and Ida went with Mr. Chester to that meeting this afternoon and evening (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.) Sept. 18. Monday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.)
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