… “On the morning of the 21st [of August, 1882], I felt very anxious about Bessie’s feet, as they were very hot and feverish, and thought there must be some inflammation or they would not be so hot. I mowed down some grass and gave the cow a large quantity, throwing water on it so that it would be cold for her to stand on. This morning, there were two trains from the west — an emigrant at half-past five and an express train at seven.

“My camp is but a short distance from the railroad track, less than five rods, and about thirty rods from the depot. I was milking at half-past six, when the emigrant train came along, due here at half-past five. Being late, it had to stop until the express had passed, due at seven o’clock. Many of the passengers came where I was milking, and bought the fluid as fast as I got it from the cow; this time I did not have to take it to the depot. It was all gone before the other train arrived. I got ten cents a cup, a little more than a pint; for this milking I got one dollar and five cents.

“My milk being disposed of, my breakfast also, and the cattle well cared for, I went into the town and called on the blacksmith and told what I had and was doing. He said I was doing the right thing, he was afraid that I would take off the shoes. [He said,] ‘You must make her travel and get used to them,’ and that she would soon be all right.

“About twelve o’clock, I went back to my camp and found all right and gaven them their midday meal. At three o’clock, I took the cow by the halter, leading her around where it was soft, that she might walk as comfortable as possible. I noticed that there was improvement so took her downtown to the blacksmith and said, ‘How is this for high?’ ‘Ah, friend, I see you understand things. Keep on doing as you have and you will soon leave us.’

“I have adopted a new plan: that is, while the cow is in camp she stands on grass well wet with cold water, this softens up her hard hooves. I returned to my camp and prepared to meet the train so as to sell my milk. I sold fourteen cups, which brought me one dollar and forty cents.” …