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The Danes Flee for Their Lives

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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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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323344
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs

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Title The Danes Flee for Their Lives
Description but goodness knows what Christmas wil1 bring. You may as well have them now." The girls hugged the dolls as they climbed into the covered wagon; here was something they could hang on to amid doubts and fears, then the girls found a place among the pots and pans while Charlotta, heavy with child, sat beside them. Pa, Jens Hansen, tucked a red down quilt around them. This quilt, made by his mother in Denmark, had given comfort to their lives wherever they traveled^, It crossed the ocean in a sailing boat, the Forest Monarch, as winter storms tossed them over the heaving waves. It softened the seats in this wagon as they bumped across hot, dry plains, and again when they journeyed the rocky terrain as they made their way from the Salt Lake Valley, "Giddy-up," called Jens in broken English to his oxen; then he added, "Gee," which neant, "turn right." The oxen probably understood these words as well as he. They had been purchased from English-speaking traders in Keokuk, Iowa, while he was struggling to say any word in this new language. The wagon wheels spun in Lhe icy snov and groaned under the heavy load. The faces of the oxen were already coated with frost from puffing the crisp, cold air. A few cows and sheep trailed the wagon ahead of them and further back someone's chickens clucked in protest as they ruffled their feathers. Soon they pulled out and the settlement was deserted. Before they rounded a bend in the road, a call came to circle the wagons. Hen, women and children climbed from their seats and met in the enclosure. Looking back at the settlement, they beheld it in flames. The Indians had lost no time in setting fire to homes, sheds and haystacks„ The men had planned to return for the hay and other valuables but now all were going up in smoke. Ruben Allred, leader of the group, offered up a gracious prayer in their behalf, thanking the Lord that they had escaped. He compared their flight with that of the Children of Israel in Sgypt, and the Saints who fled from Nauvoo, and said that if they remained faithful the Lord would continue to 90
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323333
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs/323333