Abbie B., age 22, Kansas


Philip scarcely able to walk. J. R. said he would go to Roses for medacine yesterday p. m. Then put it off until today. Now he is sitting on the wood pile. Philip said “Can you go?” Yes, I am planning to go, as soon as the table is emptied, I told him.

I am stronger than yesterday. Arming myself with a stout cane off I started. It is hard walking through the long medow grass. When near the river I saw a big snake curled up under a tree. It did not move, and I backed away, badly scared. I had my cane, but was too weak to kill it.

I called acrost to Roses, who live near the bank, and one of the girls brought the medacine over. Mrs. R has the ague now. Coming home the wind waved the grass that it looked like waives, and I got dizzy— I feared I would fall, and wondered what next—

I finily got to a bunch of Sunflowers that grew in a buffalo wallow. There I shut my eyes, and rested in their shade until I felt stronger— Brother was watching for me, and glad I got back, while I was glad to give him the medacine, and lie down.

This p. m. I made new pickle for the meat and fixed some to dry. After it is salted enough I get on top the dugout and hang it down the chimney. Very very handy—only one must be careful not to have a big fire.

I am asked sometimes if I am not sick of Kansas. No I am not. It is very sickly, nearly every one gets the ague. But so it is in most new settlements, and one is not always careful.

Philip was hardly over the bilious attack, when we went on the buffalo hunt, and the long ride in the sun was too much for him. I took that walk through the wet grass the morning the boys left, and I think that brought on the chills and fever again.

Mr. Smith had chills and fever, and was flighty, he thought he had a two story head, and could not keep track of the upper story. That amused the boys. With all our ague—some funny things happen—and on our free days—we have some hearty laughs. I do not write all that happens—only a sketch.

The sun is setting, the sky is a glorious vision of colors.

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