Abbie B., age 23, Kansas


While I am not living on my claim, it is beeing im­proved all the time. The dugout will soon be finished, and for Philips sake I will be glad to get away from the river. The people here think I am a bunch of contentment, because I dont get home­sick, and fuss. If I do not feel well or am blue, I dont tell every Tom, Dick, or Harry, that is all, except that I possess a big bump of adaptability. When brother is not well, I try to be cheerful and hopeful, although I could say, and with truth, “I am not merry, but would feign disguise The thing I am, by seeming otherwise.”

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