The Jervis McEntee Diaries - August 5, 1885

Diary Entry:

Wednesday, Aug 5, 1885 A look at my picture this morning shows that I have finally got rid of the spot and the sky is very satisfactory. Went down to the Liscomb Opera House by appointment with Mr. Lindsley at 11 oclock. Found him there with his flag. Mr. Cornell had failed to send his as agreed so I went to the house and got it. After looking over the situation we concluded to have the sail maker come to assist us and went to see him. Could not come until tomorrow morning and I am to meet him at the hall at 8. Got some black [?] at Stebbins' to drape the flags with. Took my father over the river on the 1.50 ferry boat to see the funeral train of Genl. Grant pass. We drove across the track and had a rear view of it. It was very solemn and impressive. The cars 11 in number were all very effectively covered with dead black cloth and the Locomotive had projecting triangular wings of black which were very effective. It passed almost noiselessly, preceded by a pilot locomotive five minutes ahead of the train. A great many people witnessed it. When we came back it began to rain a little and we had only fairly got into the house before it rained violently for a short time. We found Genl. Smith here. He had been down on the road overlooking the rail road terminus to see the funeral train pass. A letter from Weir informs me that his wife, Edith and Lily will come up by the 10.30 instead of the 11 o'clock train tomorrow and I shall invite them here to dinner. He seems to have an idea they will get to the Mountain House earlier by taking that train although I sent him the time tables. I sent my letter to Fuller this morning.

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