Mr. Hoe came early this morning. I offered him my "Autumn Idyl" for $600. He seemed pleased that I gave him the first opportunity to buy it at a low price. I told him frankly that I needed the money. He said he thought he could sell it for me but that he actually had no money to spare from his business. So that has failed. I overslept myself this morning for the first time this winter and had my breakfast in my room.