Jervis McEntee Diaries: December 28, 1878

Got a man and laid the tile hearth in the sitting room. Had a good deal of trouble to make it fit and did not get through with it until nearly nine o'clock at night. Even then we did not finish it as we were several pieces short. How little the ordinary mechanic knows outside his usual routine. As it was I had to most of the work and all the planning.

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