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26 March 1879

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 26 March 1879
transcribed by JoAnn Myers, 31 May 2010

Across The Colorado

The weather, which so often furnishes such a convenient topic of conversation, when people can find nothing else to talk about is becoming a matter of serious consideration and people talk of it now in sober earnestness.  The facetious ones say the clerk of the weather is on a spree and ought to be discharged for neglect of duty--the more despondent ones believe that it is NEVER going to rain any more whilst others with some philosophy and probably more faith, pretend not to grumble, but say, the rain will come when the good Lord chooses to send, and as it "rains alike on the just and unjust" we will get our share when the others get theirs, and so believing this we leave the subject for others to croak about.

Everybody has finished planting corn, but serious doubts are felt as to whether there is sufficient moisture in the ground to germinate it.

Wheat and oats look very sorry--to use an expression more forcible than elegant.  Stock of all kinds is very thin and many are dying.

Stock men are busy gathering, marking and branding.

Mr. Robert Davis returned a few days since from the southwest where he had been to buy sheep.  He lost a good many in driving them home.

Mr. Francis who has been sick for so long, is still in critical condition.

School has again opened in the Rockvale Church, with a fair attendance of pupils considering the amount of sickness ...[some text missing]  Anderson is the teacher.  Hope he will succeed in building up a permanent school, for it is a stigma upon our community that we can have a three months free school only.

The young men have organized a debating club.  Occasionally the public is invited to attend their meetings.  I am glad to say the members acquit themselves creditably.  It certainly is much more conducive of moral and intellectual development than horse racing, etc., to which young men generally display such a natural tendency.

Some young men of the "baser sort" from adjoining neighborhoods have made themselves obnoxious, by cutting saddles, bridles, turning horses loose, etc.  If they don't proceed cautiously, they will find out that the Grand Jury takes care of just such "cattle."

But "enough is as good as a feast."



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