Atascosa, Bexar Co Texas Mar. 30/1885 My Dear Father -- We did not arrive here until yesterday noon, so I thought I would wait until today before writing. Nothing of special interest occurred during our journey. We noticed more snow in western Mass. than anywhere else; they had very good sleighing. In New York there was very little; in Ohio less; and in and south of St. Louis there was non at all. In Ill. they are ploughing, and in Texas nearly everything but cottonis up, and that they are just planting. Horace had a fine time watching the horses, cattle, sheep and dogs ___________________________________ 2 from the car windows. He would say, "Oh see cows!" and when the train would leave them behind, he would say, "Cows run away". Our Wagner sleeper was a good one and very convenient; while the Pullman this side of St. Louis was an old ond, and less pleasant; but we got along very nicely, slep fairly well, and our appetites held out very well until the last day. Adah stood the journey better then I expected she would, and it did one good to see her eat even more than usual. She is still rather tired, but will soon be all right. Baby felt the journey more than the rest of us and was fussy and cross most of the time while awake; but today she acts more like her own sweet little self. Horace was restless at times, but held up wonderfuly for a little fellow. Aside from a headache Friday P.M. the trip did ___________________________________ 3 not appear to affect any one any, but that was a hot day, and I guess my stomach had got tired of so much cake and pastry. I examined out trunks in Buffalo, Cleveland, St. Louis and Texarkana. At St Louis I found my trunk was getting rather shaky about the cover, so I gave the baggage master a quarter to bind it about with a strong rope, and it came through with the others, all more or less damaged, but none broken open. At St. Louis we went from the depot to the Hurst Hotel in a carriage ($1.00) but during the day I got the lay of the town, so at night we went ack in a horse car. (10 c) I spent three hours in visiting the levees etc. It is a smokey, dirty city. You must thank Uncle Henry for directing us to the hotel. This is a land of cattle, but at Texarkana and Taylor I had to _______________________________________ 4 pay 25 c or "two bits" for a pint of milk. I tell you we were glad to see Aunt Clair at the depot, she caught hold of me before I could step off the car. She was perfectly delighted to see us, ]and seems just as happy as she can be tohave us with her. She does appear just a little queer at times, but so very little that I should hardly have noticed it if Aunt Ann had never have spoken of it. Adah and I were both happily surprised in her. She is as lively at 59 as most people at 40. She looks and acts more like Mother than any of the other sisters. Uncle Benjamin is a good natured easy going man, and both he and Aunt Clair took to the babies at once. Horace has a grand time running around. I wish you could see him chase after the biggest rooster in the yard. He is already burned badly on his nose, ears and face. The mail closes in ten minutes so I must finish what what more I wish to write in another letter in a few days. ____________________________________________ 1X I wish you would send this letter to Clint, as I do not know where to find him. And tell him to write me. Adah and babies send love to Gran-pa and Gran-ma. So Does Your affec. son Fred.