Friday, Oct 21, 1887 Rained all night and most of the day. The girls both went out last night and neither put in an appearance. Sara and I had to get our breakfast. Katy came home about noon amazed that Ella had not returned. I have spent most of the day looking over the papers in my fathers desk in the hall but found nothing of any importance. I have been intending to do this for a long time and am relieved now that it is done. I telegraphed to Mary today to bring Mr & Mrs. Sawyer up with her tomorrow. The wind has come out of the North and whirling the leaves from the trees. Hillards coal bill came today $45--and also the bills of Stratton & Dunlow for the Inventory $15 each $30. The school tax is due but I have no money and no authority to pay it. In spite of myself I am unhappy and troubled. I seem to be on the edge of disaster. I had a letter from Beard telling me something about photogravures of one of my pictures and have written him for further information. We found out our servant Ella has gone to work in the tobacco factory, just walked off without the slightest warning.