All Those Things Had To
Be Taken Down A Ladder, Which Made It Really Very Hard Work.
faith in Major Bagley's word, the house was cleaned from top to
bottom, much painting and calcimining having been done.
All the floors
were painted and hard-oiled, and everyone knows what discomfort that
always brings about. But at last everything was finished, and we were
about to settle down to the enjoyment of a tidy, cheerful little home
when Major Bagley appeared the second time, and within two hours Faye
was notified that his quarters had been selected by him!
We are at present in two rooms and a shed that happened to be
unoccupied, and I feel very much as though I was in a second-hand
shop. Things are piled up to the ceiling in both rooms, and the shed
is full also. All of the vegetables were brought up from the cellar,
of course, and as the weather has been very cold, the celery and other
tender things were frozen. General and Mrs. Bourke have returned, and
at once insisted upon our going to their house, but as there was
nothing definite about the time when we will get our house, we said
"No." We are taking our meals with them, however, and Hang is there
also, teaching their new Chinaman. But I can assure you that I am more
than cross. If Major Bagley had selected the house the first time he
came, or even if he had said nothing at all about the quarters, much
discomfort and unpleasantness would have been avoided.
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