The Exchange

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 07
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1975
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
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Title The Exchange
Description Indian man. Old Scratch dug his claws into Peter's sleeve and flew from his arms and across the room. Peter's milk-crusted lip began to quiver. He felt cold and sick with fright. He could not move his eyes from the stern, evil-looking face framed in the doorway against the night. A violent shiver shook Peter's slight body when the Indian finally moved, but he could not run. The big Indian moved again. He simply raised a hand--opened. cupped. seeking. Peter cringed, but the man remained still with one hand raised slightly. He uttered not a sound. Trying to control his shaking, Peter told himself that Indians begged more than killed these days. His stiff legs took two steps behind himself, then he turned and fled to the kitchen. He snatched up some sugar, meat, milk, potatoes. Peter looked back. Yes, the Indian was still there. He had moved, silently, into the center of the room. Please go . . .go . . .go . . .Peter muttered over in his mind. He forced himself to move back into the same room with the Indian man. His arras shook as he stood before the Indian with his offering. The man, glaring, took the load in one quick movement. Then silently, swiftly, he was gone. The black night flowed in from the open door. Peter looked down at his empty, trembling hands. All he could see was the red line caused by a cat claw. Peter was clam when his family got home. Normally he would hav flung himself gleefully into his mother's arms. But he was lots older now. He had taken care of the place by himself. Haltingly, he related his story of the Indian. Ann's eyes grew bigger when he told how he had given the red man food. The words began to come easier and smugly. Pa was proud of him for taking care of the place, very proud. Peter even felt more grown up when Pa said, "And you weren't afraid. And you did what was right." Peter felt quite like a man. But before he went to bed, Ma discovered Old Scratch behind the stove. He would have cried from the scolding, but a grown-up boy doesn't cry. Source - Incident was about the author's father and was told to her by an older aunt. -30-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325301
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