Pioneer Justice

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323075
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Title Pioneer Justice
Description amorous male who might be contemplating departure from the path of virtue. There were no arrests and no trials. There was no legal action. Justice had been accomplished. Next the Judge told of a Manti man who made the soldier's mistake. Fearing for his life, he fled and went into hiding. After the elapse of a cooling-off period he surfaced. On a Sunday after meeting, the brother of the aggrieved girl spied his sister's despoiler. Forthwith he got his gun and shot the offending man dead. Again there was no legal action. The lady who holds the scales of jus-tice found them in balance. Dispensing justice without resort to the legal process was more prevalent in other parts of the West than in the Territory of Utah. In the Territory itself, Manti was not unique. Judge Wooley related an instance that happened in southern Utah. Two thieves who stole livestock and other valuables from a pioneer settlement made a speedy getaway. The injured parties followed in hot pursuit. They caught up with the thieves as they sat beside a bright campfire eating supper. The thieves were shot and killed. No legal action was taken. It is probable that there was no public demand to pro-secute those who pre-empted the legal process by use of the six-gun or the hangman's noose. However it would be a gross mistake to conclude that action outside of the law was typical; it was the exception, not the rule. The civil government was organized and the courts were functioning as another of the Judge's stories indicates. A wealthy Sanpete man, who shall be called John, was returning from Salt Lake City by team and wagon with his wife and baby. He was tired of his spouse whom he des-cribed as "silly," and he no longer wanted her. In the mountains above Fountain Green he unloaded her and her child, hoping that they would disappear in a vacuum. The abused woman with her baby found her way into town and they were saved. Having failed in his first attempt to rid himself of his mate, John went to court and obtained a divorce. At the time the divorce was granted, William D. Livingston (later -17-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323053
Reference URL