I got up this morning and built the fires and went to the barn and fed Fred’s colts, went to the store to study telegraphy as usual, I heard [Muskegon?] calling this office, and went up in the hall and got [Cha…?] Case to come and take the message, it was for me telling me that Kate and little daughter were going well, I was surprised and glad. I feel so much easier now. I wrote a message and sent it to Kate doing the telegraphing myself. it was my first message and I succeeded in getting it through without a mistake. I had a little talk with the operator at Frankfort tonight. he wrote slow and could understand quite well. Fred came home tonight.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)