||PREFACE Legend is something like an unhurried stream, flowing easily down through the countryside. Sparking and rippling along, gurgling and gently splashing as it passes through sun- lit places, or changing colors as it goes through the shadows. So it is with traditions and tales as remembered by various members of a community. The legends each remember wi11 de- pend somewhat on their own characteristics. One story might be quite clear and concise if told by a scholar. The same incident would be very funny if told by a person with a great sense of humor, or it might be sad, if told by someone who was very sensitive. As these stories flow along verbally they are alive and vivid, and change with the teller. To write them down catches theirs just at one point - and how it finally is written depends on the narrator, wheter it comes from the sunlight or from the shadow. So it is something of a loss to write the stories and legends that are a rich part of our heritage, but not so great a loss as it would be to lose them altogether. We present then, Volume II of this collection of Essays, Stories and Poetry, based on incident in the lives of the early citizens of Sanpete as they have been remembered and written down. It is important to remember that with all of the diffi- culties and sacrifice encountered by there early settlers, their achievements were very great. And if we find that they had failings, will it not give us more patience to bear our own imperfections? If we should learn that those who built this great cultural empire are remembered by some as less than per- fact, will it not give us strength to press forward to accom- plish what is required of us, inspite of present difficulties? The cover picture is from a painting by Carl Christian Anton Christensen, (CCA) early Sanpete artist whose paintings have been honored this year as "The American Art discover of 1970." Featured in the May-June issue of Art in America, and in the May issue of the Era, Mr. Christensen's paintings were hung in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in July of 1970, to be displayed during the summer months. The cover picture is entitled "Norway in the Winter," and is the property of Mrs. Eva Wallace of Ephraim, Utah. We are grateful to Mrs. Wallace for the use of this painting, to Mr. Ross Findlay and Mr. Larry Stahle for production the cover picture and to the Christensen family for their help and encouragement.