on December 24, 1873 George went to a dance but is probably off on a bender.
December 25, 1873
"quite pleasant Johney Gilberts here John went hunting got nothing. I cooked a turkey had turkey for supper. No George yet".
"No George yet. nor yet"
"George come at last."
January 16, 1874
"Evening George at home yes Sir E he is at home to why he staid to home all evening".
January 24, 1874
"Ed Pickard here Oyalkkuk (?) Gage came here to see George or to spend the evening George takes him off to Leets can't stay a way from there one night."
Merry Christmas Mrs. Burns. :-(
George's knee is the likely reason for his amputation in 1880. Though I can't determine what happened to it, Anna mentions a few times that George's knee is bothering him and that he needed to get some ointment. In one entry she says that George went to see the "Engin Doktor". I thought about this for a moment before I realized she most likely meant "Injun Doctor". And George's ointment was likely "Salamanca Salve."