An Incident of Savage Cruelty

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title An Incident of Savage Cruelty
Description "Father Morley and you, his Papoose, Should buy then from me. This your fault and Father Morley's fault!" All the white men present shouted a firm, "No, No! We would never sell or barter with a human life! " At this, Arrowpeen grabbed the child, a little girl, again lashing out with his Tomahawk and threatening Grandpa George Morley, who tried to take hold of the frightened, paralyzed child, to grab her away from those savages! Arrowpeen took her by the heels and whirled her over and around his head, screaming and chanting war-crys and curses! After swinging her faster and faster he dashed her brains out on the hard, rocky earth! He then threw her battered body at Grandpa George's feet, who stood there also paralyzed with dis-belief and fright! He and the other white men could not yet believe the cruel and inhuman act they had just witnessed! Arrowpeen quickly mounted his pony, and the Indians with him did, too. As they raced away, Arrowpeen shouted, "You Americats have no hearts; you should have bought the child and saved her life!" Both William Black and George Morley, Sr., became very ill while trying to wipe from their clothing the pieces of that small child's head that had splattered upon then. They knew that this incident must be followed through, that it would mean more trials and bloodshed, but that they must see that it never happened again in this saved-place called Manti. Whenever Grandpa retold this story, his eyes were far away, forming the terrible memory-picture that had stayed with him many years. He'd always cry, too; and then looking to the mountain bulwarks that surround Sanpete Valley and Manti, he prayed that nothing like this would ever happen here again, or in other parts of God's world. In deep gratitude, I too, look to the mountains, these guardians of an early, maligned people, and I too pray, as the wind whispers on these same white -shouldered friends! Because it is happening again in many places of God's garden, and we must help! Source: Family histories of the author. -85-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325363
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