Hostage of the Indians

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title Hostage of the Indians
Description HOSTAGE OF THE INDIANS Lucy C. Nielson Ferron, Utah Senior Division Second Place Anecdote It was an Indian uprising, and Grandpa Morley was the white man overseer of the troubles on our side. Grandpa and Grandma had come from a trip somewhere, maybe to Ephraim. They were still in the covered wagon when they saw the Indians coming from the southwest to Manti. There was such a large crowd of Indians on horseback that the settlers knew they had to be pre-pared. Grandpa hurried and put his team away so he could meet the chief, and he was prepared for any trouble that might come up. He could talk the Indian language enough and understand it well enough that he knew when he was right and when he was wrong in interpretations. When the Indians came they demanded horses and cows and like that, and Grandpa said they couldn't have them. The white men had to have them to live with. Finally the Indian chief demanded Grandpa Morley's baby to prove that Grandpa didn't have a forked tongue. That meant he could tell two stories, you know. In their negotiations, the Chief demanded the baby as a hostage to prove that Grandpa was telling the truth in meeting their demands. Grandma absolutely refused to let them have the baby, but Grandpa said, "Better the baby than the whole crowd of us." So they let the old Chief take the baby in his arms, and they all rode away. They went to the southwest of Manti, away out in the desert country southwest of Manti. And they would be back the next day at sundown. Everybody walked the floor, praying and doing everything they could to console themselves on account of the baby. One baby was just as precious as any other baby. And they watched and waited, for the Indians would return the next day at sun-down. -55-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325508
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