Friday, Apr 13, 1888 Girard came in in his [?] distress for money. It just makes me sick. I utterly refused to help him. He wanted $500, but finally I told him I would let him have $250 to apply on his account against the estate. I am to let him have it about the first of May either in a note or in money. My money is getting away and where I am to get more I dont know. It seems he owes the Continental Insurance Co $500 which has been running five years and now they threatened to put it into the hands of their attourney. He was in a pretty anxious fix. We went out to lunch together and I told him I would do this when we came back. He went home considerably relieved. I wish I could pay his debts and let him start free. Downing went to Baltimore yesterday to visit Julia and Harry for a few days. The weather is cold. Ice formed last night. Girard told me Tom is getting the garden ready to be made and that he has started a hot bed. I spent the evening at Marys.