I went up town with Fred Neill this morning, he took a load of things up for Mr. Bilderback. I got an oil barrel and burned it out, to have for water. I don’t know how well it will work. I rode Jimmie up town about noon to see if any word from Kate had come, but there was none. I felt a good deal disappointed, for I am so anxious to have her some, and am afraid she or baby my be sick. It has rained the most of the afternoon. I stayed in and red the papers and tried to sleep, but sweat so I could not rest. Fred Neill and I went down to Crystal Lake tonight to fish, but the fish would not bite. I[sic] rained hard as we came home, it will do good.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)