scene in Blair, Neb., Sept. 17, 1881
We started at 7.30 or 8 and made our way northward. The long
banks of leaden clouds grew less dense, and by 10 A.M., the
sunlight struck across the hills. It was delightful overhead,
but muddy and sticky under foot. We walked a mile or two to
get warm. About 10 1/2 we entered Blair, bought feed and our
dinner and created a sensation.
Blair is a thrifty little town. Two principal streets cross
each other at right angles, one going over the R.R. track and
branching off on either side stretching into the farms beyond.
The well built street lying parallel to the R.R.. Mostly two
storied and one story houses with flaming signs.
The country on to our camping ground was wonderfully fine.
Miles of miles of cornfields, hundreds of acres. The air was
clear and I could count cattle over 1 1/2 miles off. Bluffs,
30 miles off looked as tho. they were 10 miles distant.
About five miles out we camped by the road and kindled our
first fire. Had purchased steak, watermelon and oats at Blair,
so all were content - ate heartily. The farmer gave us tomatoes.
It was nearly two when we started on. Passed through Herman,
over mud, deep and black. About 7 we reached Tekama and put
up at the Astor House. Tel. from Miss Bowles, ill and not coming,
so we paid hotel prices, ate middling fare and slept in dirty