March 6, 1892
|Siegelau, 6 March 1892
I received your letter last letter with the greatest of joy and learned from it that you are wondering why Father is not writing you. As far as I can judge the situation was nothing but negligence. He has often talked about it, indicating that he dislikes writing himself. About eight days later than I, he did send off a letter to you. Maybe you have not received it. However, you should write him again too.
Your Marie will often think: if only nothing will happen to us similar to what I experienced. For God's sake, I would not wish anything like that upon anyone. It is almost impossible to believe that one has to lie about for such a long period of time merely due to such a small incident, and perhaps will not get completely right again in the end. This affair almost drives me mad, but I guess it can not be changed. I can walk about in the house without a cane, but when I want to go to the forest or up the mountain, I have to take a cane. Climbing is easier than getting down. Perhaps it will get a little better, but I have little hope. Well, in the name of God it will probably do.*
Of late a strange story happened too. The son of the owner of the Schloessle Inn, by the name of Josef, who was a soldier with me, married last summer in Basel, and rented a restaurant. Two weeks ago they went on a small excursion from Basel**, across the Rhine over to Gross Basel, Josef and his brother-in-law, a person from Elzach, a waitress from Switzerland, and a young fellow. Then they wanted to return in the evening at 7:00 there was quite a bit of fog. They drove into a bridge pillar which knocked the little ship apart. All five of them drowned. The one from Elzach was found in Rheinweiler; that is five hours below Basel. Of the others nothing is known yet.
Peter Vitus died too. I do not have any other newsl. We are pretty much all right. Rosa and Mina are really somewhat sickly. So far we have always had quite a bit of snow and cold weather. The addition is called "Marie".
Teacher Weber's wife died too, this winter.
Now I want to conclude. Therefore best regards to all of you
From your brother and wife
Fr. Ant. and Theresia
Special regards to Marie and the parents-in-law. Write again soon. You will probably have a beautiful farm now too.
*Letter from the father, 2 January 1892, describes the accident in which Franz Anton was injured seriously.