, and as soon as I could go to my room and be alone for awhile, I sat on the edge of the bed and relieved myself by taking a good cry, while Metta, like Rachael-refused to be comforted.
But we had not long to indulge our feelings, for we had promised Minnie Evans to go to a dance she was giving for Ella Daniel, and we always stand by Minnie, though we would both a great deal rather have stayed at home.
I was so tired that I made Jim Bryan tell the boys not to ask me to dance.
Mett and Kate Robertson were in the same plight, so we hid off in a corner and called ourselves the broom-stick brigade.
Kate is a splendid girl; she takes to hard work as unmurmuringly as if she had been used to it all her life, and always looks stylish and pretty, in the face of broom-sticks and dish-rags.
Aug. 24, Thursday
I had to be up early and clean up my room, though half-dead with fatigue.
After breakfast I went out again with Mrs. Jordan, and we were almost suffocated by the dust.
lahan, arrested for vagrancy, was admonished by the Mayor and released.
Wm. Jones, a lad, was fined five dollars for participating in a "rock battle," which sum his father was called upon to pay. The Mayor directed the police to give especial attention to the behavior of the boys on French Garden Hill.
Isaac Coles, free negro, without a city register, was discharged on condition of his immediate departure for Albemarle, where he belongs.
A charge against Blanch Mayden of "threatening to cut Kate Robertson with a knife, " led to the display of a vast quantity of fashionable millinery in the usually gloomy courtroom.
Straw hats with black feathers, and straw bats with red and blue ribbands, occupied the place where dilapidated raiment is often conspicuous.
The testimony proved that when the parties met twas at a ball, where some threats of violence were made; and the investigation having established the fact, the accused was required to give security to keep the peace.