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A Ram in the Thicket

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6wh2n45
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title A Ram in the Thicket
Description A RAM IN THE THICKET? Dana Ekins 1044 Austin Avenue Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Non-Professional Division First Place Short Story "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou has not with-held thine only son from me. " Genesis 22:12 Walker. Hannah whispered the name anxiously to herself as she walked slowly from the cradle of the napping baby to the door of the cabin. She pulled it ajar, and peered appre-hensively into midday. The view was a mixture of winter and spring-intermittent splotches of mud and snow marred the landscape. Smoke from Indian campfires drew her eyes westward toward their crescent-shaped village where dozens of wickiups of poles and deerhide pointed ironically heavenward. One could hardly describe these Ute barbarians as anything but the devil incarnate, she thought to herself. "They call him Chief Walker, " her husband had explained, "and they say he once tried to kill his old, withered mother by stabbing her in the head with a knife. " Hannah quickly shut the door, turned, and placed her quivering body against the cabin's entrance. "Where is my faith," Hannah whispered silently, relax-ing and dropping her hands to her side, disgusted with her feelings of helplessness since her arrival in the new settlement. It was the first of March in the year 1850, three short months since the caravan of Mormons had reached the Sanpitch Valley with instructions from Brigham to feed the Indians rather than fight them. Hannah Blaixley Morley, the only living plural wife of Issac Morley, leader of the colony, feared she would never be comfortable in the cottage of mud and logs surrounded on three sides by seven hundred Ute savages. It was their leader, Chief Walker, his tall, bronze body adorned with ebony lock, who most unnerved Hannah. Or perhaps it was those constant tales of scalps and alien squaws taken prisoner that made Hannah shudder more frequently than she dared admit. Fitful cries from the baby interrupted Hannah's thoughts, as if the infant could read her troubled mind. She walked -1-
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Identifier 015_A Ram in the Thicket.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325347
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325347