No Justice for Audrey

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title No Justice for Audrey
Description One day, in desperation, Audrey went to the ^cuae of their ward bishop. She told hj" of her fesxs and h«u abused she was. Now that she was expectiog her fieat baby, she vas really afraid. The bishop listened to her story about her unhappy life. He told her she should try harder to please the family and that after her child arrived, things might very well be better for her. But he told her that if things did not change for the better, she should tell him and he would have a talk with her in-laws and give them some advice. After her baby girl was born, Audrey tried hard to understand why the family still did not want or love her. She now had not only herself to defend, but also her little one. She wanted to take her baby and go home to Bickfield, but it was impossible. She never had a good chance to go back to talk to the bishop. She had now become terrified for her life. It seems that Audrey's mother-in-law had heard two gun-shots and had gone to the barn to find both Audrey and her infant dead, with the gun lying by their bodies. When they arrived, she told the members of the family and the marshal that there had been no one else around the barn all day. She aaid that Audrey must have shot the child and then herself. They all agreed that she was right. The family told the marshal that they did not wish to have the bodies laid to rest in their lot in the city cemetery, and that they would pay the cost to have the bodies taken to Richfield and let her parents take care of the burial. The marshal told them he would get someone to haul then to Richfield, but first they must put them in a wooden box and get them to the jailhouse. The family gave him the money, and he left to get a messenger on the way to the livery stables. It must all be done before the night darkness was over. There came a day in May many years later. The blossoms were flowering in thOBe old apple orchards again as the; had every spring since pioneer days. It was now 1920* The city was growing. It had changed in many ways since 1900, Hew homes and stores had been built. There was some nevs revealed to the good people of Mt. Pleasant that sent a cold chill throughout the city. Everyone knew the older woman who lived in the big red house. She had passed away during the night. Before she died, she called the members of her family to come near her bed. She felt she wanted to tell them something. She made a death-bed confession. She told them it was she who had fired the fatal shots from her -44-
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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