Delia Locke


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Jan. 21. About 10 o'clock we reached thehouse of our friend, Mr. Burt. Hewith his wife had just retired tobed. We felt sorry to disturb them,but they arose and get us a littlesupper, and after a few minutes'conversation, we all went to bed.Jan. 22. 51 - 55 - 54. Towards morning itcommenced raining, so that we wereglad that we did not stop on theway. We have had a very hard rainall day - the water has been pouringdown the street in streams, theminers have been busy there, hoeingthe dirt into the water, so as towash out the gold contained in it.We saw several pieces that werepicked up in this way. Dry town issituated on Dry Creek. The principalstreet extends upwards from theCreek, and most of the houses arebuilt on the side of the hill. Our friendkeep a country store and also exchangesmoney for prices of gold. Have hada very pleasant time in conversationwith Mrs. Burt.Jan. 23. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S.51. Still at Dry town, and still itJan. 23. continues to rain. There was aboutan hour that it stopped thismorning, and Mrs. B. and I wentout and did a little shopping. But therest of the day has been rainy, and wehave been obliged to keep within doors.Some Indians came here today withgold. One mother had no clothing excepta blanket pinned around herneck, which covered her body nearlyto her feet. Her little babe was inthe same condition. Another was dressedmore finely than the rest. We spokeof her dress, and she seeing that shewas noticed, seemed a little fearfuland went and put her arms aroundher husband's neck. A parrot, on theopposite side of the street is very noisy.He talks Dutch, and mocks all thelaughing that he hears, also thegrunting of the pigs.Jan. 24. Dry town. T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M.56. S.S. 52. This day has been pleasant.We walked out this afternoon, wentfirst to the quartz mill, which is notyet completed. The water is to be suppliedfrom the Creek, by means of anaqueduct. We walked on to the bank

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January 1856

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