Indian Stories

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
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 Indian Stories
Description THE RATTLESNAKE STORY Toward the close of a bright spring day in 1851, while the families were still living in their warm dug-outs in the south side of the gray hill, they were aroused from their haven of temporary security by an ominous warning. The hill, which had provided protection against t^e bitter blasts of winter, suddenly assumed a threatening aspect. Throughout the hours of this eventful day, the rays of the warm spring sun penetrated the rocky surface of the hill. As the last of the warm rays were cut by the western mountains, the hiss ings that seemed to come from the bowels of the earth. Horror was on the faces of the women, and in the eyes of little children there was fear--pathetic and helpless. Alert and ready to protect their families, the men prepared quickly to meet a foe, which had appeared unexpectedly in great hill, from holes in the ground and from caves under slabs of stone crawled hundreds of long, gaunt, spotted-backed rattlesnakes, hungry and eager to strike. Hissing weirdly, and with rattlers in constant motion, they bared their poison fangs and moved in a fearful wreathing mass into the little settlement for the kill. Hideous as an octopus, this army of snakes, released by the heat of the spring sun from the comatose state, alert and eager to strike, hunted out their human enemies and engaged them in one of the strangest battles recorded in history. The life-and-death struggle which ensued continued through the darkness of several nights, lighted here and there by flickering pine-knot torches, for the snakes retreated into their holes at dawn, and men returned to the attack at dusk. Kith the weapons at hand the settlers fought the loathsome invaders. The night rang with scouts of caution and encouragement as the defenders struck death blows with stones, clubs, knives anc1 guns, 125
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Date Created 2005-02-23
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