Delia Locke


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1872. Aug. 16. Friday. Mrs. McStay is still here sewing. Pretty warm weather. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 81.) Aug. 17. Saturday. Mrs. McStay left us after dinner. Mrs. Wallace has a baby boy born today - her second child. Her oldest is two years and seventeen days old. Mrs. McStay's eldest son - Edwin - is here for the night. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) Aug. 18. Sabbath. Edwin McStay was here till after dinner when he left for Stockton. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you," etc. He did not feel well and did not have a meeting this evening. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) Aug. 19. Monday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) Aug. 20. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.) Aug. 21. Wednesday. Did not feel able to attend the Lodge meeting this evening. Went to bed early, but could not sleep. The last ones did not get in from the Lodge till late. Ada was the last one to go to bed, and did not blow out her lamp till just before the clock struck eleven. She had just got comfortably to bed and closed her eyes to sleep, when through her closed eyelids, the reflection of a flickering flame came to her from the opposite wall, of her room. She sprang hastily up and perceived in an instant that the new stable was all on fire, the flames being in the hay at one end. She immediately gave the alarm and the men were aroused. The barn contained about fifty tons of excellent new hay, and situated as it was it did not seem possible that it could burn down, without communicating fire to some other buildings. But as a kind Providence had ordered, there was no wind, or but little, the flames rose high in the air, and then sank, the buildings of the town being preserved on the one side, and the old barn, small house and 1872. the slaughter house with much fencing and wood on the other. I expected a great conflagration when I saw where the fire was, and I praise the Father of all Mercies, that He so arranged and overruled all things as that were not more deedly afflicted, and perhaps others with us. As it was, the loss counting the hay, stable and fencing, will probably amount to a thousand dollars. The cause of the fire is unknown, and perhaps will always remain so. It may have been the work of some incendiary, but we know not. Certain it is, that no one on the place uses tobacco, to be smoking about the barn. If a sin has been committed, we know that it will not go unpunished. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) Aug. 22. Thursday. Received a call from Mrs. Bacon and son and Mr. & Mrs. Armstrong. He came to have a tooth extracted. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) Aug. 23. Friday. Mother and Ellen White called in this eve and we all went to prayer meeting together. I sought and received a blessing, though so unworthy. It has been thought best to have the prayer meetings on Friday evenings instead of Thursdays. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.) Aug. 24. Saturday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 87.) Aug. 25. Sabbath. I have attended meeting this forenoon. Mr. Ross preached from Luke 4. 25, 26, 27. I judge from the tone of his sermons of late that he is disheartened, and so might we all be if we fixed our trust or confidence in anything earthly. But let him who trusts in the Lord "fear not", though the earth looks dark, the heaven above us is always radiant with smiles of love. I have not been able to attend meeting tonight. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 89.) Aug. 26. Monday. Dr. Walker was here to dinner and Mrs. McStay called. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 85.) Aug. 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 87.)

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January 1872

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