Jervis McEntee Diaries: July 17, 1884

Thursday, July 17, 1884 I had the curiosity to look at my diary of a year ago and I find the same cool, lovely weather prevailed. Today has been a repetition of yesterday, north wind and a charming temperature. This morning I washed the harness and got it in order for our trip tomorrow. My painting materials came from Devoes. After dinner I went down to Johns and got his wagon which we are to go in tomorrow. Every thing seems propitious for our trip. Clearwater and his wife called. Nannie was here at tea. John is to come tomorrow to breakfast at 5 oclock and we are to ride to Shokan where we will have a second breakfast as that is our last opportunity to get anything until we reach the end of our trip. The Freeman this evening had the news of the rescue of the Greeley Arctic party, seven survived and seventeen had died. It is said that 48 hours longer would have destroyed all of them. I look for details with great interest.

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