January 12 – January 15 1854

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Jan 1854

Th 12          It commends drisling last night
we concluded to open up the ditch
we set out with 2 shovels & an ax
we knockd the ice loose & got the
water to wash it down. I walk in
the ditch all the way of 1 1/2 miles &
got the water down in good stile.
In the evening we were ground sloosing

Fr 13           Rains all knight last & all day
today. We were out in the ground
sloosing washing off the top dirt.
My lesson is Acts XXI Paul goith
to Jerusalem. Still raining at bed time
changd to snowing before we
went to bed & condinued all night.

Sat 14         Snowd all day. We were
all day out cutting a ditch thro
ug a flat at the foot of the ritch ra
vine.

Jan 1854

Sun 15        Snowd all day & is at it
yet. Weve all been putting leather
souls on our gum boots. If you
could but see us we are in these
lonly snow covered mountains
two small cabins & the south
east one deserted you could
but weep for your flesh &
blood. To say nothing of him
who pennd these lines. In me
mory of these awfull death
like silence that seems to speak
with in us. Art hushd when
we lay down our implements
for mining. Then not the rus
tling of these tall pines is heard
nor the chirup of a bird & not eve
n the howl of a Kiota all is still
excep the crackling of the fire.

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