Delia Locke


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1875. so great a cloud of witnesses," etc. He is a good speaker and quite a student. (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.) Mar. 29. Monday. Windy. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Mar. 30. Tuesday. Have received a letter from Luther. He is forty miles from Bakersfield near Tejon. He writes that he will not conceal from me any longer a fact (which I thought I knew before) which makes him feel as if he should be obliged to remain away from home, and that is, that he has formed the habit of using tobacco, and does not wish to give it up. He says he knows I will grieve over it, and he does not wish to trouble me, so he thinks he would better stay away. I pray the Lord to give him a better purpose of heart, a purpose to live for something higher than the use of tobacco. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Mar. 31. Wednesday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Apr. 1. Thursday. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Apr. 2. Friday. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) Apr. 3. Saturday. Mrs. McStay called this morning. She is staying for the present with Clara Ross, while he is making arrangements to move. Ada and I have been out riding this forenoon. We called at Mrs. Cahill's and Mrs. Inglis'. Mrs. McStay's home is away beyond Milton in the hills, where they have taken up a piece of land. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 53.) Apr. 4. Sabbath. Windy, so much so that I could not go out to hear Mr. Green (Campbellite) preach. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Apr. 5. Monday. Today has occurred a thing most remarkable connected with the weather. The forenoon was cold and windy, and shortly afternoon it commenced to snow, and we had quite a snow storm, so that, in the warmest part of the day it snowed enough to gather an inch deep on the ground. Soon after, the sun coming out melted it all away. This will kill the early fruit and many flowers. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 34. S.S. 39.) 1875. Apr. 6. Tuesday. The birthday of our Mary. She is now eleven years old and very small as compared with all the other children. Her height is four feet and two one-half inches and her weight is sixty five pounds. So that she is four and one-half inches in height and about four pounds in weight, smaller than either of the others. And she is backward in her studies as she is small in size. She reads very poorly in the Third Reader, cannot say the Multiplication Table, and knows but little of Geography. In housework and sewing she is not far behind the other girls, but has not yet learned to crochet to do any good. She does not seem to develop very fast, either in mind or body, but she is very useful in taking care of little ones, whom she is very fond of, and they soon learn to know and to love her. She is very impulsive, "all up or all down," and needs to be carefully managed. Oftentimes I doubt whether I am doing the best for her that I can. I desire that the Lord may lead me into the right way of managing her. Perhaps, after all, I may some day, think she is the best child I have Certain it is, that if we ever enter the "kingdom of heaven," we must be like "little children." I have had callers this afternoon, Mrs. Pygall and Mrs. Tatten, also Mr. Morgan. The weather is chilly. (T.S.R. 28.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Apr. 7. Wednesday. Windy. "Uncle" Silas Derby and Mrs. Wallace called. He is soon to return East. He is a pleasant old man, a dear uncle, and has made himself very agreeable while visiting here. Ellen Baird is to go when he goes, to visit Eastern friends, leaving her husband here. (T.S.R. 31.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Apr. 8. Thursday. (T. S. P. 40.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Apr. 9. Friday. Mrs. Clif. Mowry called this morn. Sister Clara has another daughter born today. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 72. S.S. 69.) Apr. 10. Saturday. Taking the little children with me. I went to see Clara and her little babe. It is a very little one. Mrs. McStay is there, and Clara is comfortable. Some

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January 1875

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