1875. Feb. 7. Sabbath. Weather a little cloudy. We have attended the S. school. In the Bible class, there were five or six large boys, but no man to act as leader - circumstance which I never knew to occur before. So I was requested to lead the class, and did so. I pray the Lord that some word uttered may be for good to someone of those dear boys, to the glory of His sacred truth. It is a day I shall never forget. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Feb. 8. Monday. Received a letter from Ada as usual - all well. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Feb. 9. Tuesday. The trustees of School and the Co. Superintendent met the parents at the new schoolhouse to hear reports of Building Committee and have a social time. They now call the schoolhouse finished. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Feb. 10. Wednesday. A sad day. We woke to find our Luther gone. He has told me he thought of going, but I had so much wished him to stay and attend the school, and he also liked the school so much, that I have been pleasing myself with the thought that he had given up the idea of going. But not so. Without saying "goodbye," he started out on his horse and saddle in the night. They need not say he has "run away", for do I not know all about it, and how his Father, aggravated by some conduct of his (which I wish he could have forgiven), told him he had better" start out and shift for himself ?" Well poor boy, he has gone. How gladly I would have detained him! But I can only feel that "Our Father" who knoweth best, permitted him to go, and will surely take care of him. I am much comforted that he confided to me his feelings and plans, in some measure. I know where he has gone - with Geo. Wextz to, or in the direction of the new mines. I have found some comfort in writing to Ada. But I shall miss him so much. The school commenced in the new schoolhouse today, and Hannah went with the rest. Received a letter from Aunt Nancy Wilkinson 1875. saying that Uncle Calvin Locke's wife has recently died. So those girls are bereaved of their mother. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 56.) Feb. 11. Thursday. A foggy morning. I have written to the Texas friends today. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.) Feb. 12. Friday. Weather foggy and a little cloudy. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Feb. 13. Saturday Weather still foggy and a little cloudy. Mrs. Geo. Mowry came in with her eyes red and swollen with weeping, and when I enquired the cause, she told me that she had received tidings of the death of her oldest brother - sixteen years old - by an accidental gun shot wound. He tried to pull the gun to him by the prong end while it was lying down in the corn crib, when the gun discharged, and he received the contents in his breast and shoulder. He lived about two hours after the accident. This bereavement leaves the mother with no help but that of a small boy and two girls, as she is a widow. Eunice is now six months old, has two teeth and weighs fifteen and one-fourth pounds. Ida only was smaller than she is, but only Ada, Howard and Eddie had teeth, as she has. She is a dear little beauty, hair a little reddish and bright blue eyes and a pretty round face, and she will hug and kiss us sweetly. She is a good and quiet babe. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.) Feb. 14. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Freely ye have received, freely give." Went down to see how Mrs. Mowry is Father, John and Mr. Rice took tea with us. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Feb. 15. Monday. Received a letter from Ada and wrote to Mother Locke. (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Feb. 16. Tuesday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Feb. 17. Wednesday. Mrs. McCloud and Mrs. Starkey called on their way to Susie's this morn. I have written to Ada, also been to the Store to make purchases, and called to see Mrs. Ringer, who is in delicate health. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.)
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