1874. Dec. 23. Wednesday. Foggy and cloudy. Ada came by the cars and stage today. She looks pale and tired, studies hard, I hope the study will not affect her health. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 45. S.S. 41.) Dec. 24. Thursday. A rainy morning. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Dec. 25. Friday. Merry Christmas". No festivities here, but at the Brick Church, a tree and Festival. Susie and children were here to dinner. The children went to the Brick church this evening. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 41.) Dec. 26. Saturday. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 44. S.S. 41.) Dec. 27. Sabbath. Went to S.S. (T.S.R. 28.2 P.M. 44. S.S. 41.) Dec. 28. Monday. (T.S.R. 29.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Dec. 29. Tuesday. Mrs. Mowry called. (T.S.R. 30.2 P.M. 49. S.S. 46.) Dec. 30. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Dec. 31. Thursday. A foggy morn. We have had much fog the winter and but little rain. Farmers are beginning to fear a dry season. The mornings are foggy and frosty, nearly all the time and the days fair. Horace Mann is now fourteen years old, a large boy of his age, but not as large as Ada and Howard were, though much large than Luther. He weighs one hundred and seven and one-half pounds and is five beet, one and one half in height. He has been growing and improving in body much the past year, and I trust in mind also. He is now at a good school, and is progressing well in his studies, under the circumstances, which are, that the school of over seventy scholars is all taught by one teacher in the old school house, and so new crowded for room and time. The new school house is approach completion, and they hope to get into it soon. Horace is an expert in butchering, and has learned to stuff birds, of which he is very fond, and can do it nicely. He is a pleasant and obedient boy, a better boy every way," more dependence," his father says, than either of the others, and I long for him to continue is. He is prompt in attending to school or business amiable and obliging. How I hope he may not learn the naughty wicked ways of evil ones. And now I must close this year and this Journal. By God's grace I have been spared to complete it, and all the dear ones of our own family are alive and well, though my dear Mother has been removed to a better world. It were wrong to wish her back, though we miss her very much. Let us strive to be ready to go and dwell with her and our dear Saviour, when the Father shall call us home.
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