Friday, April 15, 2016
To day I discharged my cook Henry for stealing. In consequence of which the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] was compelled to go into the kitchen and do her own housework. The Steamer Ruthven succeeded in opening her way through the raft at the railroad bridge when the hands belonging to said boat cut the East span of the bridge and let the steamer through. The hands of the steamer Indian No. 2 pulled down the west span of the bridge, but the boat did not succeed in getting through. The Steamers Emery and Ruthven left for Galveston. Weather variable & pleasant.