The page for Wednesday, April 17th says:
At office 5:50 A.M. Desultory day. Canoe arrived with Rice and Beans. The principal medicine for all sickness in these parts is Castor Oil. The remedy for all sores, cuts, etc, is Mercurial ointment. Boy says for me to put down "That he is going to beat me at pinochle". Manuel Ruiz left to-day for the trail-cutting job. Company owes him money! Another day nearer my gaoul. Time hands heavy - Interest beginning to lade. Mr Meisner told me of the Utica Mine of California. Its run of hard black, firstly.
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Questions and comments:
- Rice and beans will be a nice change.
- The Utica Mine was in Calaveras county, California.
- He really wrote “gaoul” – I think he meant “goal”
- “Interest beginning to fade”, maybe – but that first letter is not an ‘f’.