Delia Locke Diary, 1907-1911" by Delia Locke

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Locke, Delia
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Delia Locke; diaries; women; diarist; California; Locke-Hammond Family Papers; Lockeford; CA; Dean Jewett Locke; rural life; rural California; 19th Century; church; temperance organizations; Mokelumne River Ladies' Sewing Circle; temperature recordings; journal
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Page 230 1910. July 4. Mond. Once of the coolest and quitest - Fourths I have known here Cool enough in the morning to make a fire desirable, while very little powder was burned in celebration, even in the cities, for there has been much agitation of late in favor of a "safe and sane Fourth" as it is called, because of recent years there have been so many accidents due to fireworks. Here we had not so much as one boy to shout around or make disturbance, for Celeste went with Hannah to Mrs. Dill's to tune her piano, and so only Elizabeth and I were here. But people at Reno, Nevada, must have realized that all the noise, [?] and disturbances of the whole country were concentrated there. For the prize fight, which has been the talk of the whole West, if not of the East for weeks, came off there between Jim Joffries, a white man, and Jack Johnson, a negro. It was scheduled at first to take place in San Francisco, and even the arena has been built for it at a cost of $30,000, but it was against the laws of this State, and Geo. Gillett positively forbade it at last, seeing now public sentiment all over the Union ruled against it. So it was transferred to Nevada, whose laws do not forbid such fights. And so it came off this P.M. and the negro won, and would have killed Jeffries, has not his friends rescued him. At all times, he seemed to be under the negro's power, and especially after, almost at the beginning he was hit and blinded in one eye. This decision in the negro's favor is causing race riots all over the country, even in New York City. Received Post Card from Horace and Anna, who are at Lake Tahoe with little Helen Harjis, and wrote to Portland. Horace writes that Helen is improving rapidly in health. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) July 5. Tues. Received letter from Theresa and wrote to Ada. Theresa is still quite poorly, so that her doctor does not favor her going to Dunsmuir for her health this week, as she had planned to do, so she is disappointed. Mrs. Robinson is here with us, while Rev. R. is attending the C.E. State Convention in San Jose and visiting his relatives. Suddenly hot. (T.S.R.