March Friday 22, 1895 Went to S.F. [San Francisco] & got a good pelting of icy winddriven rain. Felt sick & vanquished in the evening.
Saturday 23 Lovely day. Katie Graydon & her friend Mrs. Thompson coming up today. Miss T is a friend of Kate Merrill & therefore must be rare. Got a letter from Miss Graydon saying Capt. Anderson’s son 17 yrs. old had died & she was going down to Palo Alto to help. Sad to see a young life vanish while it is yet day, morning.
Sunday 24 Fine balmy day. Mt. Diablo one mass of purple in the morning. Nature is always lovely invincible glad whatever is done & suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.
Monday 25 Cloudy threatening rain. Wanda’s birthday, the 14th. Happy girl. Heaven bless her always. I dread pain & trouble in so sweet & good a life. If only death & pain could be abolished. She went over to the old ranch to lunch & play & climb the hills with May & Helen & her mother. Bought back the 4 acre orchard from Mr. English. [Heufners] partner. The hard times is causing much land sold in great part on mortgage to come back to the sellers. This is our 4th piece so far returned or to be [returned].
Tuesday 26 Dull. Warm weedy weather. H. Schultz began building fence. Rain in light showers this eve & during the night. Thomas Ross was buried yesterday, a fine enthusiastic Scotchman, singer of songs, poetical, artistic, though only a plumber. I saw him first in Yosemite in 1871 when he was with Keith & Irwin on a sketching tour.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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