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Indian Messenger

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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
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6wh2n45
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title Indian Messenger
Description During the summer months, as the cattle grazed, Will and the Indian youths taught each other many things. One of Will's favorites was how the Indians searched for bird eggs. They crept in near silence to places where birds might likely have built nests. Ever so carefully they reached under rocks, over branches, in holes, inside hollow trees-usually bringing out the sought-after treasures. Will liked to try to guess what color eggs were in each nest. By the end of the season Will was nearly as adept at finding nests with eggs in then as were his red friends. Seldom did he disturb the birds, even when he reached into the nests under them. Then one day the inevitable happened: Will carefully reached, deep into a hollow trunk near the ground, and punctil- iously began feeling for eggs. Suddenly, up the side of his arm shot an ugly black snake, startling Will so he forgot about hunting for eggs the rest of the day; in fact, Will never was an avid egg hunter after that! And so the summers passed. Will spent time with the cattle and with the Indians, learning from both-things he could never have learned at home nor in the classroom. He was glad to leave the valley for a time as the days grew shorter and colder, but he looked forward eagerly to other summers in the big field with the cows and the Indians. The winters, too, passed quickly. Will helped his par- ents and studied whenever he had the chance. Someday perhaps he would be able to go to far-off Provo to attend Brigham Young Academy. But his parents would never allow him to spend some money for education in Provo if he did not apply himself to learn all he could from the local teachers. The summer of 1872, when he was nine, brought more adventures-the Wahpitts boys and Will again riding through the valley, playing among the cedars, and Will learning more of the customs and language of his Indian friends. And he worked hard, took good care of the cattle that were in his change, reinforcing his well-earned reputation for integrity and hard work. Again in the early fall Will returned the cattle to town for the last time for another season. Will had never been afraid of his friends, the Wahpitts, or other Indians he had met. But for years other Indians had been terrorizing settlers in areas close around them. Will heard many stories of Indian attacks and the seemingly senseless killing of settlers, but had never actually been involved with unfriendly savages. -12-
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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 325405
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325405