By Kristiana Gregory
Susanna Fairchild and her relatives are on board a boat crusing from long island to the West, the place they plan to begin a brand new existence in Oregon. yet tragedy moves whilst Susanna¹s mom is misplaced to the ocean. listening to tales of significant wealth, Susanna¹s doctor father makes a decision he desires to sign up for the hordes of fellows speeding to California to mine for gold.
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Mom will be happy with the way in which we maintain apartment. . . . I virtually forgot — Rosita gave us a straw hat she came upon floating down the river. along with her support we reduce holes within the most sensible and healthy it over Lilly’s tall ears. Then we tucked a few wild daisies into the crown. simply our dressed-up donkey we snigger and suppose hopeful. subsequent DAY Our flour and sugar are low so after chores we'll move into city. First, to inform how we cooked our eggs this morning. The shovel we discovered is made from stiff steel. We sixty eight washed it within the river, scraping away the airborne dirt and dust with our penknives — our palms have been numb from the chilly water after this! Clara set the shovel in our hearth to warmth over the coals; its damaged deal with is simply lengthy sufficient for us to snatch with no burning ourselves. I rubbed bacon grease over the skin, which curves up like a skillet, after which whilst the grease sizzled, Clara cracked in seven eggs. They fried up great and golden. We ate them with biscuits and dried apricots. simply fifty-six cash in Papa’s cash pouch. we are hoping he returns quickly. THURSDAY, THE seventeenth OF may well This was once the worst day in Miner’s Creek. After breakfast Clara and that i have been down by means of the move cleansing the shovel and our plates. lets see into city. once we spotted that Jesse Blue used to be strolling out of the recent bakery, my sister and that i checked out one another. Why does he come into city loads, yet Papa doesn’t? We quick placed away our utensils and tied on our sixty nine bonnets and fresh aprons. As we marched towards city our little burro us, braying with drawback. In entrance of the assayer’s we adjusted her hat and instructed her every thing used to be going to be very well. I don’t recognize if she understood us, yet she is as unswerving as a puppy — we don’t need to tie her up. Jesse Blue used to be within. He smiled whilst he observed us and held out a small pouch. “Take it, it’s out of your father. One reliable ounce. ” Clara opened it and poured the golden flakes into her palm, a few teaspoon’s worthy. an oz is worthy 16 cash. i assumed to myself that Papa has been long gone for 3 weeks and he's operating tremendously demanding to make so little funds. I didn’t thank Jesse simply because there has been just one factor on my brain. “Draw us a map for you to locate Papa’s camp. ” I anticipated Clara to scold me together with her eyes for no longer asserting “please,” yet her gaze used to be additionally on Jesse. He promised he might come via this afternoon with a map, however it is shortly 8:30 within the night and Jesse Blue is nowhere in sight. One minute we're livid at him for breaking a promise, the subsequent we're anxious that whatever can have occurred to Papa’s previous good friend. 70 There’s anything worse, even though. After supper, whilst I reached less than my pillow to tug out our tin, i realized the lid was once on crooked. rigorously I opened it to take out my diary. My breath stuck in my throat. Papa’s pouch was once long past. Clara and that i are distraught thief got here into our cabin whereas we have been away. not anything else looks lacking, yet we're nonetheless disappointed. What I didn’t inform her is how indignant i'm stranger can have learn those pages, my intimate strategies and emotions.