Delia Locke


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1876. eight years old. The funeral was attended in our church this afternoon, Mr. Stewart took for his text. "And they went and told Jesus." Horace Mann is today sixteen years old, weighs one hundred and forty pounds and is five feet and seven inches in height. So though he is the tallest of all at his age, he does not weigh as much as Howard did by five pounds. He is pretty strong now, and still as much interested as ever, in preserving birds and animals. He has correspondence with the naturalist Gruber at Woodward's Gardens, and from him receives many valuable hints as to this subject which occupies so much of his thoughts. He expects soon to fit up a nice case of preserved birds, etc. He is a good and useful boy. And now we must bid farewell to the "Centennial year." It has not brought to us the sadness which it has to so many families, who have been called to lay away this dear children in the grave. For all its mercies, we render thanks and trustingly and hope fully turn to welcome the year 1877. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) 1877. Jan. 1 Monday. I have written a postal today to sister Hannah. Ada and Minnie arrived home from Drytown, with Uncle Geo. They are well, but he has a touch of diphtheria. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54. Jan. 2. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Jan. 3. Wednesday. Charles Flanders aged seventeen died today of diphtheria, after a sickness of but a few days. He took a sudden cold from wading in water after wild geese. The school has been stopped, as there is so much sickness, and so much fear of diphtheria. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 4. Thursday. Have attended the funeral of Charles Flander in our church. Mr. Stevart spoke from the words, "The grass withereth the flower fodeth, &c." Have also attended the prayermeeting this evening. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 5. Friday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Jan. 6. Saturday. A cloudy day. We learn of the death of Mrs. Cahill at her daughter's house in Stockton. She has long been sick (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Jan. 7. Sabbath. We attended the S. school this forenoon as usual. This afternoon went to the Brick Church to the funeral of Mrs. Cahill. Her daughters and Mr. McStay brought her out and buried her by her husband. Mr. Stewart preached the sermon from the words, "Is there not a time appointed for man upon the earth?" The weather has been dry for so long a time that the dust is as thick as in the summer, and today we seemed to have the heat of a sermon sun upon us. People are hoping that when the rains come again and refresh the thirsty earth, this prevalent sickness will be checked. Many children are sick and dying with it. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Jan. 8. Monday. This is the week of prayer, and there is to be a meeting each evening. I have attended this eve. and we had prayers of confession and thanksgiving. There was quite a good attendance. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.)

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January 1876

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