October 28, 1888, Sunday
Cloudy in the morning and rained hard in the evening – All but Father went to church in the morning but none of us in the evening. Nothing new –
October 29, 1888, Monday
Cloudy – Went up to Northampton with Father where we held a meeting of Father’s workers and laid out the work – Everything looks promising – Everybody says if it wasn’t a presidential year Father would surely get in – I’m still strong in the faith –
October 30, 1888, Tuesday
Beautiful day – Arthur Warren & I started for a trip through the district we went first to Greenfield where we called on Freeman C. Griswold whom I consider “on the make”. We were obliged to stir him up a good deal as he had done absolutely nothing – At Orange we find Father will get the full party strength – at Athol there was a difference of opinion some thought Father would run 25 votes behind his ticket – At Gardner we learned Father will get the full party strength – We remained over night at Gardner – a man was nearly asphixiated [sic] by blowing out the gas at [Gardner] I attended a Knights of Labor meeting at Gardner addressed by Pope of Leominister – it was political –
October 31, 1888, Wednesday
Beautiful – Went to Fitchburg in the morning – Fired that Rodney Wallace will not be more than 50 votes stronger than his ticket here so am very much elated and now think Father has a good chance if Holyoke does its duty. We’re obliged to visit 2 houses in Worcester, went around the city, it is very fine – Arrived home in time to witness the big Democratic parade – 1500 men in line – Father of course received them at the City Hall –
out our house was all illuminated. Mother had 4 candles in each window and we had lots of red fire etc – Arthur Warren & I dipped coffee at the City Hall for the men from 11 to 12 o’clock they had refreshments there.
November 1, 1888, Thursday
Beautiful day – Father went to Northampton during the day and to Springfield in the evening – There is nothing but politics – Our government yesterday notified England it would hereafter have nothing to do with Lord Sackville-West who is minister here on acc. of his letter spreading the political parties – It is too bad to treat West so, but I suppose it is necessary to sacrifice him to keep in power. Kittie went to Boston alone today to meet Belle and go to the play of “Little Lord Fontleroy”. This is her first trip from home alone – We rec’d a telegram she arrived o.k.
November 2, 1888, Friday
Nothing but Politics – Father went up to Northampton. From the out look I am sure Cleveland will be defeated next Tuesday – Everything looks fine for Father – his chances are certainly inspiring everyday – I am sure he will be elected – Gave Fannie Pearsons a book called “John Ward Preacher” which is now very popular –
November 3, 1888, Saturday
Rainy – Father went to Amherst in the morning and returned full of hope and encouragement – He has discovered this p.m. that the stickers he has had printed are too short and is now afraid he will be counted out. it seems too bad when he was so near being elected – we hope for the best. Grand parade by the Democrats in South Hadley Falls – Girtz opened 16 kegs of beer –