1878. would stop and visit us on her way back to Oakland, so I sent Johnnie with horse and buggy to bring her up from Lodi. But after having been gone almost long enough to bring her he came crying home and saying that he had last the buggy-robe and came right back as soon as he missed it, to try and find it. He had not found it however, and I told him he might go right back for Mrs. Tabor. In the mean time, she came on the stage, and Johnnie, having spent the whole afternoon, came with no tidings of the robe, which is a very valuable one. Dr. says he shall advertize for it in the Valley Review. Mrs. Tabor has given Eddie a bath with electricity accompaniment, and he seems really better, for he had showed signs of real improvement before she came. Luther and Uncle are more comfortable tonight. (T.S.R. 23. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Dec. 28. Saturday. Mrs. Tabor still has trouble with Mrs. Fogg who is determined to make her pay for six mos. rent of her house, when she lived there but two months. Mrs. Tabor did not feel bound to the contract, because Mrs. Fogg failed to comply with the conditions of the lease. If Mrs. Fogg takes it to law, which she threatens, Mrs. Tabor wants my evidence in the matter, and also about the supposed poisoning, so I have written a paper and acknowledged it before Justice Owens for her use, and she has gone back to Oakland. All the sick ones are decidedly better. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Dec. 29. Sabbath. Have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text. "If when ye do wrong and suffer for it, what glory is it, if ye be buffeted for your faults, but if, when ye do well ye suffer for it", &c. Still extremely cold. (T.S.R. 23. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Dec. 30. Monday. The coldest morning of all. Eddie has been dressed for the first time for six days, but is still very feeble and weak. It seems good to see him up a little. (T.S.R. 20. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) 1878. Dec. 31. Tuesday. The old year goes out weeping. After such a long dry spell and so cold and frosty, the weather has moderated, and is cloudy and rainy. We have had a family dinner and a party of young people this evening in honor of Horace's birthday, and for the benefit of all the returned children, and they have had a noisy, happy time till almost midnight. Indeed some of them stayed up and saw the "old year out and the new year in." We were saddened by the news of Mrs. Weber's death. She has been failing for sometime and departed with the old year. Her sickness was probably caused by the cruel treatment of her husband when he was intoxicated. She was a patient suffering woman, and I have longed to visit her in her illness, but the sickness in our own family has prevented me. I long to know whether Jesus revealed himself precious to her in her last moments. I think she did, for he never forsakes the humblest of his followers, and I believe she trusted in Him, were it never so feebly. Horace is now eighteen years old, weighs one hundred and fifty seven pounds and measures five feet and eight inches in height, so he is the largest of all who have attained this age. He has the start of Howard in his education, as he has already attended five months at the Normal, while Howard was just about to enter. He seems strong and well now, which he was not when he was younger, and I hope will continue so. He is full of projects and is as fond of collecting curiosities, and stuffing birds and animals as ever. He now has a nice case for each - minerals and stuffed animals - and longs to have time to arrange them to his taste. So, with all the children around me and well or nearly so, I say goodby to the old year.
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