Oct. 19. warm, and the ride was a hard onebut I enjoyed it well. In due time, wereached the house. Mrs. Vance is atrue Western woman of little education.She asked me if I would go into the gardenwith her, and pick some tomatoes.I went, and feasted on them. She gaveus a box to take home with us. Beforeand after we went into the garden, Mrs.Vance lighted her pipe, and sat downto smoke. I am always disgusted tosee a woman smoke. Mr. Vance disappointedus about the flour, and wecould take none home. We now thoughtit best to return, but desired to go ashorter way, if possible, than the onewe came, that being so rough, Mr.Vance thought we might cross theriver by his house, and said he wouldguide us across. We went to the river,and found the banks very steep andhigh, but decided to try to cross there.Accordingly, we went down one andthrough the river, but could not getthe wagon up the other side, tho' weall walked up. So Mr. Vance says, "Ihave a stout horse which I will bringand put him before gone two horses,Oct. 19. and then you will get up easily."So we waited till he went home and gethis horse, but after all, he would notdraw at all. It was now thought best toleave the wagon there until we could getsome cattle to draw it up the bank. So Mr.Vance put a side saddle on a horse, andRobert and I rode him home, while Dr.rode one of the wagon horses and led theother. In this way, we all reachedhome safely about sunset.Oct. 20. Brother Elmer gave me a beautifullittle pen knife. Our house is fast beingcompleted. I shall feel like the queen ofpalace when we get into it.Oct. 21. Sabbath. Attended church at thenew schoolhouse, arrived home about 2o'clock, took some lunch and thenwent to the S. School at the old schoolhouse.Was quite fatigued after it allfor we rode in a lumber wagon.Oct. 22. The sun rose clear and brightly.and all Nature rejoiced in her golden lightI rose very early to prepare breakfast, forwe had heard of the arrival of the ViKing theclipper ship on which we had placed ourgoods in N. E. and as the Dr. must now goto San Francisco to attend their unloading.
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