Thursday, Oct 11, 1888 Tom was taken ill yesterday. On my way down town Win Crispell joined me after having seen Tom. He said it was only colic from which he would soon recover, but today I heard he had been pretty poorly and I went over to see him. Just as I came out a Dr. [?] came to see him and I waited for him. He said it was only colic and nothing serious. It is the first time I have never known him to be ill and it is very embarrassing just at this time when I want the apples picked and the vegetables brought in from the garden. The man Corletto I sold the two trees of sweet apples has picked them today and has at least twelve barrels. I have had a boy picking at ten cents a barrel, but boys are a nuisance as they cannot handle the ladders. He has picked five barrels but had to leave at 11 1/2 oclock and worked only until 4 after beginning late. There is a great firemans parade here today. I went down town to see if I could get any one to come and clean and put up the hall stove, but could not. Carter promises to send men tomorrow morning. The pipe had rusted out and I was obliged to get a whole new piece through the bath-room, 10 feet long. The old stove is very rickety and is really worn out but I must try to make it go this winter. I had a letter from Church wanting Sara and me to come up there but we cant. I have written Mr. Wells that I will go to Wyalusing next Monday and I do not like to leave home now with Tom sick. I had a letter from Mr. W. H. Dutton yesterday. Sara had a letter from Lucy from N. Y. They had seen Mr. Morse and she and Sedgwick were both most agreeably impressed with him and Sedgwick was to go there today to begin his school. I have been sorting and carrying apples all day and am tired.