Umvutcha Farm
					P.O. Box 71

	My dear Mother

			I thought to put off writing until such
time that I could give you definite news of your goats, this, I suppose,
is the outcome of lazyness. However I can now give definite news, at
any rate, of the ram. He started off with double pneumonia from which
he recovered to the extent that he was able to eat of his own accord.
In fact he was quite strong being able to walk about. About this time the 
yew contracted the thing complicated with a bad udder.She has recovered
from the pneumonia but the udder is still very bad. The ram contracted
some disease or other in his mouth & throat followed by a relapse of
pneumonia which, sad to relate, carried him off. We have been on to the
vets for a long time, but they were very slow in coming. the first time 
before any serious trouble was expected we got one out to see the ram
as soon as he went off his feed. he diagnosed the disease in the ram, we
treated him & practically cured him; then, as I said, we found the yew
ailing. I suspected pneumonia and traced it long before she got bad,
and treated as the vet directed, so she never had such a bad time as the 
ram, in fact she got over that business quite easily, But for this udder she
would be quite well again. 
The worst of this is that she slipped her kid, as is general with a high fever. 
The udder is a mistry. I think it is a further development of the trouble 
 that arose when you were here, the swelling started after the animal had
 become practically dry. We had been fomenting it three times a day &
applying a lotion which the vet sent out. In spite of this the udder does not 
appear to be making much progress either one way or the other.
	We closed the hole at the top of the roof soon after the ram 
started his his illness and sowed him up in a bag, put a mustard plaster
on each side and doced him with the medicine from the vets, and fed
him on soft food, eggs etc as the vets directed.
	Poor old Mac Nab, as I suppose you have heard, had to be 
killed, they could not get the vets to operate. I think on account of his
smell, which seams to have developed to an alarming extent about this
 time. Miss Cardwell could not get them to come & see him at all. They
would fly into the private office at sight of her. So she sat down in the 
office & called out to the effect that she would not move until some one
came and attended to her goat. Well she kept her word. and apparently
one man released the rest by visiting Mac Nab, this was before he was
bad because a little while later a man was turned out of a tea shop by 
one of the waitresses who declared he wanted a good scrubbing & 
bath in condeys besides fumigation before he would be allowed into the
shop, this before the public in the tea room so you see why the vets are
suspicious ot the goat family. Poor Miss Cardwell she is furious with
them; Even the town council got on her tracks about Mac Nab and his 
smell, so I have been told.
	Eggs are becoming scarce, the fowls lay about a dozen per
diem they are fetching 2/3. One old sheep yew died some weeks
 ago of pneumonia otherwise this department of your livestock is
 doing well. The new lambs and kids are excellent, especially the 
lambs of which there are eleven since you left. Hefter (?) was out 
here and was very pleased with them and wanted to know if you had
any for sale, I told him no; He was very interested in the swiss goats,
you may sell him some cross breds yet though he has never mentioned
anything about them since. He says he thought of importing but the price 
& cost put him off. No word from the man up north, I expect he is 
afraid an animal Mac Nabs size might become a danger to human life.
	We have been very unfortunate with imported stock. Bull,
goat, English cock, dogs etc have gone in quick succession. (No
blotting hence the burns). However Farther has now a bull that Heaven
and earth couldnt make wink an eyelid, he is even more sluggish than
old ciddar. [?]
	I am not going to read this over for spelling, as it is bad
enough writing such a letter full of such news, let alone reading it
Hugh has become suddenly very frivilous, he has attended two plays
in succession. I suppose he needs some violent change after two
dinners Uncle Angus stood him coupled with long lectures & 
conversation bearing on law.
Father is out at Bmbesi attending to the cattle. 
I must end this unfortunate letter now as it is getting late.
		Your loving son

P.S. My clothes have not yet arrived from ?ruce[?] & Co though I
seem to recollect having seen their account.

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The letter is 12 pages on 3 sheets.  The pages are formatted with
a printed letterhead in blue in the top right hand corner of a wide 
rather than a tall sheet. The sheet is folded vertically, making smaller
normal (tall) sheets. Pages 4 & 1 are on the outside. 2 & 3 inside. Quite
a few of the old letters are like this.