11 Dec 1893
I will end the century of 2000 by writing a few more lines.
The Kaiser of Berlin feels the Americans will do as they did during the Spanish War. Where Nazi says he would have made six countries out of it.
Till I inform you, leave the money in the bank which will draw interest until you hear more from me with the 1000 franks which belong to Nazi so I will always have money on hand that I can draw on when I go to Falken to give to my mother. Ha! Ha! Ha!
In the large city I saw the telephone so now we can speak to the whole world. Now the streets are lit up with gas. Now we have more light than the three Einsiedeln street lamps. The gas also has been in many homes and in time will be much cheaper.
Since I’ve been here the world wide big cities have suddenly sprung up. I cannot compare to Switzerland any more. There the mountains are too close together. Omaha, Nebraska has more people than Kanton Schwyz.
The mother is healthy and her hearing is very good when she has no beer or wine to drink. Potatoes, bread, and meat are enough for her and she won’t get too skinny and she is satisfied.
The happy hours she had with Cousin Melk were just too short and the time went too fast. Money cannot pay those happy hours she had with Cousin Melk.
I have some flower seeds from Einsiedeln that I planted and will see if they grow. Have to wait and see. The Frau Nazi does not have it as easy as she was used to in Einsiedeln, there she had 2 or 3 servants.
(Wages/Traveling Money how he can get it)
For those that want to go to the tavern every day, it is not good. In Pawnee County, which is not as big as Kanton Schwyz, there are no eating places where you can buy a drink, and it has to be closed on Sundays.
(You know how it is with wages. We pay Nazi and other workers $200 per year. During the summertime for a very good worker we will pay $16 – $20. If one works only one day, he gets only $1.00 per day. If someone wants to come and work, it is best if they can pay their own travelling money. This will make them independent to come and go as they please.)
If the men cannot go to the pub, it is very good for the women; they know their men will be at home.
There was not enough to write about history, he can always look back to the 17th and 18th centuries and write-about it.
The Missouri River is very fertile on both sides of the river not like anything like it in America. The economy, traveling, selling or buying is very good so the farmer can sell anything he wants from the farm with no problem; better than the last 20 years.
Last year in Nebraska was very, very good. Everything grew in abundance. The corn, where the farmer makes the most money, grew extra well. Of course, that drove the price down, because it was so good, to only $3.00. And it won’t be any more expensive in the next year but we just have to wait and see how the harvest will be. The farmer just has to sell the corn. The Steinauers have a lot of corn. For two months we reaped corn every day. By Fall we got rid of everything to make room for the new harvest coming in. The train took 40,000 lbs. of corn which took many hands to deliver to the train. The bank, the Post Office and the stores didn’t want anything to do with handling the fruit, pigs or anything else, because they had to be careful handling it.
We hope that next year the price of everything will be better, and it will be much better doing business with Schwager Melk as he is much more easy going.
Sister Ann is good. of her.
She is getting better every day. It would be better if some new comer could take care
My boys in the springtime, were sowing grain in a very large piece of land so now we have much more grain to reap in the summertime to put in our silo. And the corn that we planted is very good.