Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Thomas Family]
“That girl sure were low-down too, (very ill) when he did git here and he said she were just about to have the pneumony, jest like the nuss-woman said. He gave [?] some pills for her to take regular and said fer her not to eat nothin but soup and fruit juice. She don't like them things and I don't see why she can't eat what she likes [aspecially?] when she is so puny. That nuss-woman, she been a-comin over every day and a-bringin soup and milk. Tother day she saw me a-fixin some orange juice fer Della and cruse I left the seeds and pulp in hit she bout [nigh?] on to throwed a fit, she did. [Fust?] she said it oughter be grapefruit juice instid of the orange what with all the fever Della is a-havin, then she run home and got one of them little mites of wire strainers and said I must strain all the juice through that. Why, mam, that jest takes all the goodness outen the juice and you know hit. Poor Della, she's been so puny fur sech a long time.
“Most two hear agone now, she seen her man a-fightin with another and, he got knocked plumb out. Poor Della, she thought he were killed and so she went a plumb rarin crazy and had to be sent to the insane ‘sylum fer a spell. Seemed like-as-how she never would git outen there neither, and George, her ole man he weren't hurt none to seen of. Jest knock'd out.