The page for Sunday, April 28th says:
Boy leaves house at 3:30 A.M, to watch a killing of a cow for fresh meat. At 5:30 A.M. returns - bitten 5 times by wasps. After a good cry relates his laughable experiences. I go to office at 6 A.M. from then, work at books paying 50 men - regulating sale of beef to the workers. Am tired out - earn my salary !! Have a chat with Downey. Tells me of my brothers and sisters. I thank him heartily. really too tired for much thought of a diary. No other cargo up as yet. Think of soup and fresh meat for a change !! Boy promises to beat me at pinochle. Month almost gone. Man wants phonograph for $75. Done with a view of quitting and going to my Anna in June. Boy happy at the idea. Will sell galvanic battery, too. Downey's home talk brought tears to my eyes - he is a large hearted man.
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Questions and comments:
- Sounds like Nathaniel has what we call “short-timers disease”, looking forward to the end of the current job. Yesterday he was talking about “soon having enough money” to leave ; today he is talking about leaving in June.