May Friday 3 1895 Cloudy but dry. Mr. [Ashelman] came up from the city to deed back the John’s Ranch but at the last moment discovered two liens on it for 100 & 125 dollars & therefore not being able to give a good title the matter fell through. Mr. A is perhaps a first class swindler, working chiefly on the susceptibilities of feebleminded women.
Saturday 4 Rainy drizzle this morning & most of the AM with roaring windy promise of a wet day. The barometer however rose slowly & as I guessed the clouds cleared off. The afternoon was fine with masses of sun fringed clouds above the horizon.
Sunday 5 Lovely day. Clouds just enough to make interesting scenery without unpleasantly impairing the brightness of the sunshine. Had a pleasant visit from Misses [Knapp] & Graydon.
Monday 6 Another bright day, everything lovely. Venus Jupiter Mars make a glamorous show in the west these nights. Meant to have written to Mrs. Graydon. Katie has had a sad hard time with bodily trouble but is now looking well again. Much to my joy. My brother David was here this afternoon, borrowed $150.
Tuesday 7 Fine spring, summer day. Enjoyed a visit from [Mrs] [Rennie] & her son from Scotland [friends of] David Douglas & son of Edinburgh. Plain downright hearty people with dignified reserve. B.[l]. The wolf-Jew came to trick us out of deed for use against Mr. Brill. He reminds one of savage beast. How curious to note the similarity of expression in man & animals.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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