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The Marriage

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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
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6154f64
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64

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Title The Marriage
Description A short week later Peter Taylor's horses disappeared. No, Pete vowed, they did not just wander off. Yes, he had tethered them. No, it was not a prank. The ropes were cut and only Black Hawk's lazy, good-for-nothing braves would steal horses and not even bother to untie them. The bishop gave Pets a good tongue-lashing for speaking of the new brother's leader-ship in such a manner, but that didn't charge Pete's inner feelings on the matter. Nothing would pacify him but that Black Hawk be confronted. So the next morning, the bishop, Pete, and two other "willing" men (the hishop's counselors, they had no real choice) rode out to Black Hawk's encampment, just east of Knoll hill. Chief Black Hawk greeted them magnaninously. Yes, as a matter of fact, he did believe some of his young braves had come home with some extra horses. And no, of course he had had no prior knowledge of this. All of this he said with a mocking grin that the settlers had come to recognize. Baptism had not changed Black Hawk. He was up to his old tricks of talking what he wanted. He was like a child in this respect; whatever he saw that was out of his reach, he wanted. Unlike a child, he got what he wanted; he simply took it. But even those who knew him best, among them the bishop, would have been shocked by his next desire. Pete, not a diplomat under the best of circumstances, could hardly be civil, remembering his now proved unjust lecture from the bishop. So he demanded his horses back with no beating around the bush. Bishop was sure they had incurred Black Hawk's wrath when Pete had made his demand. A little subtlety went a long way with Black Hawk. But this time, Black Hawk only smiled his mocking smile-looking like a man with an ace up his sleeve. He had them sit and then made his announce-ment. He would give the horses back on an exchange basis. In exchange for the horses, he would have a wife from the settlement. He already had many squaws, but perhaps again like a child, he wanted only what he felt he couldn't have. At any rate, he was well aware of the Mormon practice of polygamy. In fact, one of the reasons he had all owed the Mormons on his land in the beginning was that they had at least this one similarity to his people. And no amount of preaching, reasoning or even veiled threatening could convince him that this was allowed only occasionally by the will of God and at the command of the prophet. He had seen others with more than one wife,so he, Black Hawk, could also do it and be a Mormon. And as far as he was concerned, that was that. The bishop found himself in a grievous position. Outright refusal could result in a renewal of the Black Hawk war, while consent would result in even worse. He would have pondered the question long and hard, but Pete was getting ready to speak his piece aoain. And as Pete had a sixtteen year old daughter, who happened to be rather attractive, his view on the matter would plunge them into another war. So the bishop came to a hasty decision. "Brother Black Hawk, I will agree to this," he motioned Pete to silence when he would have blurted out his opinion of this announcement, "But on one condition; the girl must not only be willing, but want this -24-
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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 325306
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325306