Monday 8th [July 1861]
Capt Lynch was here last night. Told us how the scheme for blowing up the Pawnee failed. The inventor – who was at the creek – thought there must be a leak in one of the pipes connected with the machine. Said there were too many people that had a hand in it (upwards of a hundred!)
Many persons thought it was Papa’s scheme but he had nothing to do with it.