Delia Locke


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1871. I myself did not feel well enough to go. They did not have a very quiet time, for Mr. Brooks against whom a charge had been preferred, came in and denied the charge, though just then somewhat under the influence of liquor. They expelled him, however, but he refused to leave, and behaved in a very noisy and disorderly way, of which he cannot fail afterwards to be ashamed. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Oct. 5. Thursday. Mother with Eliza and her two children have visited me this afternoon. Josiah is having a week's vacation from school, in the middle of the term. Josiah and Mr. Chester were also here to tea, and Mr. Chester remained over night. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Oct. 6. Friday. Mr. C. left us after breakfast. The weather continues sultry. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 80.) Oct. 7. Saturday (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 71.) Oct. 8. Sabbath. The wind blew very hard today, so that it did not seem to me quite prudent for me to go to meeting, for fear of asthma. But this eve was calm and still, and I went with the others to hear Mr. Chester preach. His subject was "Eli and his sons." It was a good sermon. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Oct. 9. Monday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Oct. 10. Tuesday. Today the telegraph brings intelligence of the almost total destruction of the city of Chicago by fire, and the fire is still raging. The business part of the city has suffered most, but more than one hundred thousand people are homeless. A strong gale of wind fanned the flames to a fury so great, that fire proof buildings, as well as the others, melted and felt with the extreme heat. It is supposed that the fire was started by an incendiary in a barn. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) 1871. Oct. 11. Wednesday. In the Lodge this eve, two of the Brown boys were initiated. Only one of the "Champions of the Red Cross" was present. They will not help us much more. They have nearly deserted the Lodge. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Oct. 12. Thursday. It has been very windy this afternoon. Could not attend the prayer meeting. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 76.) Oct. 13. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Oct. 14. Saturday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) Oct. 15. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today as usual. Mr. Chester preached from the text or rather chapter upon "Charity" found in the last chapter of I Cor. This eve he has preached upon the destruction of the city of Chicago by fire. He thinks it was a just judgment upon the business men of that place for their wicked combinations against temperance and religion their Sabbath breaking and their haste to be rich, regardless of principle. Twenty five thousand houses were consumed, and one hundred and twenty thousand people were rendered homeless. No fire so dreadful has been recorded in modern history. Besides, the prairies of Northern Michigan, Wisconsin etc. have been visited by very destructive fires, and thousands of people have lost their lives and property. In Northern Michigan, one hundred and fifty people took refuge from a prairie fire in a barn supposing it safe to do so, but were all burned to death. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Oct. 16. Monday. Mr. McCall, who is to teach our next term of school, arrived today with his family from Sac. City. They are to live in the parsonage, but as their furniture has not arrived, they came here, took tea and will remain over night. They have one little girl named "Mystle" He is troubled with asthma and comes to Cal. for his health, formerly from Cleveland, Ohio. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Oct. 17. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. McCall went to Stockton with Dr. to buy furniture. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.)

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January 1871

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