Jervis McEntee Diaries: December 21, 1884

Sunday, Dec 21, 1884 Moderated in the night and snowed about six inches and today is raining. In the house all day. My father staid in bed most of the day but about 3 oclock I helped him with his bath and he got up and came to dinner at 4. He needs constant care and looking after. I found him today in his room poking at the stove and the room filled with coal gas. We have to keep watch of him to keep him from doing some imprudent thing. I find our taxes are more than $50 more than last year and I have not quite enough to meet them. This worries me again for I thought I had enough and a little more. O the misery of these money worries. I wish we could leave them behind us. Joe had not been at the house and they had heard nothing of him. I am afraid he will cause himself and all of us great trouble.

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