16 kissing the little [lilack] eyed lassie & looking [down] into its eye with [beaming] love. A great hearty mother. Every ranch every vill [village] there is a nursery. Every house one comes to every wagon one meets is full of them. The pictures are chiefly children mothers with babes on her knee groups of [pets] [cheap] [chromes] half a day in the [poorest ] [homes] & in no [ ] will you find happier freer children they are truly loved, [hummed], petted & govern rule supreme. [ ] [ ] [ ] said a greyhaired [ ] sitting outside the church walls will not let me do [nothing] I can’t go into the meeting How can you support so many we asked a man after he told us the size of his family [five] wives & 42 children. Because I’m so smart he’d said with a merry laugh 15 boys herd stock, [ ] horses that feed on the wide plains surrounding, sheep for wool [wives] & daughters spin & [weave], have lard enough for bread & the shares I own in coop furnish groceries & little [ ] goods bit of [ ] for the girls.
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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