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“ [124] who seems a little better. I sat up with her until 1.30 A. M., and made a great effort of will to put her to sleep. I succeeded — she slept well for more than an hour and slept again for a good while without any narcotic.”

Throughout the illness she fought against the use of narcotics.

The cloud of danger and anxiety passed, and the year closed in happiness and deep thankfulness. The last entry reads:

God bless all my dear people, sisters, children, grandchildren, and cousins. God grant me also to serve while I live, and not to fail of the high and holy life. Amen!

To Laura

Monday, January 31, 1887.
Now, you just look here.

Daughter began her school and music to-day. Nobody's a-neglecting of her. What you mean? Grandma took her to Clarke church, prouder than a peacock,--Grandma, I mean.

Congregation inquit: “Whose child is that?” “Laura's,” responsa sum, “Id cogitavi was the general answer. And she's pop'lar, she is. Little fourteen-year-olds keep a-coming and a-coming. And I draws her bath, and tucks her up in bed. And she's having a splendid time. And I want some more of this paper. And my feelings won't allow me to say any more. No — my dearest sweetest pug pie, your darling won't be forgotten for a

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