I will proceed to answer
your letter that I received yesterday. I was rushed so yesterday
that I cashed the check before I read all of the letter.
They fixed up a note and
had me to sign it for you and had me to sign it as a surety.
If there is anything behind I will deposit some for you. I have
some saved up to pay on the note. I think that I can get considerable
more together this week: will have about $40.00 come in the 2nd
on new accounts but will be too late for the note. Expect that
I will have to borrow some for a short time.
Business is some better
than when you was here though I have had some awful dull days.
I wrote to Jenkins jest before you came home, and the letter
came back a few days ago. Had been opened through mistake. I
wrote him again and sent the returned letter also.
I got a report from the
manager of that oil corporation. He informs me that they have
secured a number of royalties in the Crane County oil fields
and urges me to hold onto shares, that we will begin to receive
dividends soon. They have spread out over parts of La., Okla
Reter [Reta] is getting
along fine with the measles. Karl nor Vane hasn't tuck [took]
them yet. I have been doping them on sulpher [sulphur] and cream
of tartar. Erie came over once to see about Reter. Will was over
yesterday, the first time in about 3 months. they gone into the
goat and hog business considerable. Had bad luck with the kids.
That cold spell yesterday was a cold rain day and snowed a little
about dark, but got considerable warmer before day and is clearing
Hern has put up a scating
[skating] rink here and quite a number are going around with
broken arms, and no money to pay their honest debts.
I noticed in the papers
that they have sent a lot of Rangers to McCamey to assist in
keeping order, and about a number of people getting bit by mad
dogs, and that the sheriff and his posse is killing all of the
dogs in Crane County.
Emer [Emma?] was sick
last Sunday. They think that it is another attack of gall stones
like she had about 20 years ago.
F. S. Taylor
P.S. Have rheumatism in
both ankles yet to some extent but does not hinder me from getting
*Note: Emma was the wife
of his nephew William Tarlton Taylor.