The Piano and the Circus

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Title The Piano and the Circus
Description Some time later Mr. Hasler again approached the Frandsens. "I've been able to arrange for three pianos to be shipped from the east. They'll arrive in Salt Lake City on the train, then freighted by wagon here. Are you still interested in one? Surprised, Willard and Bothilda needed a while to talk it over, to plan how they could pay for it, to decide if they could afford it. time to work things out. How soon do you need to know? Well, I can give you a few days, but, quite frankly, I'll need some time to arrange for another buyer if you're not going to take it. I had to pay cash to the company before they would ship them way out here." How could they manage it? What could they do to pay for a piano? The amount Mr. Hasler had quoted seemed reasonable enough, but things hadn't been too prosperous for their family for some time. They had nearly lost their farm through a poor business deal, and they barely seemed able to meet their obligations. Could they afford another payment? But could they afford to deprive their children of this opportunity either? Bothilda proposed that she raise chicken, geese, turkeys, and ducks, sell them to townsfolk and supplement what Willard could make. Willard said he could "hire" to herd sheep during the winter. They agreed they would take the chance and buy the piano. Willard walked the long, dark blocks to Hasler's house after the evening chores were done. Mrs. Hasler opened the door. "Sorry to come by so late, Sister Hasler, but I need to speak with Brother John if he's at home. It's rather important to us." "Of course. I'll call him. Won't you come in, Brother Will?" Oncomfortable, Willard stood just inside the door, hat in hand, while he waited for Mr. Hasler. After responding to a friendly greeting from John, Willard blurted out, "We want it!" "That's fine, Will. It should arrive 3oon. I'll let you know as soon as I know more. I'm glad you made the decision to get one. The Candlands and the Seelys are getting the other two. With all the musical talent in your family, I'd hate to see your children go without one." -6S-
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