Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday October 30, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 30, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Oct 30, 1886 Dark and rainy at intervals and has rained all evening. Tom carried the apples in the cellar and there have been hordes of children here to pick up what still lay under the trees. Parks house was also brought up in anticipation of the winter. Boys from the school have tormented me by tearing boards from the fences to get into the orchard. I have got some of their names and today wrote a note to the principal to send to him on Monday. A lot of them got over the fence today and when they saw me ran a short distance and defied me. I know they would be back and going around by the side hill I found them all back in the orchard and got among them before they discovered me. I caught one of them, a handsome boy, but I spanked him and boxed his ears well and booted him over the fence--but I regret now that I did it. I dislike to be savage towards boys and would willingly give them all the apples they want, only they tear the fences to pieces and are a constant annoyance to me. I believe I wont chase them again but try and submit. I had a short but most cordial note from Booth today from Cleveland. I think he believes in my regard for him in spite of the strains to which our friendship has been submitted. He goes to N. Y. to begin a four weeks engagement on Monday.

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