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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
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title Gypsies
Description Billy Scott always managed to sit by Lititia Trent, although when teased about her being "his girl," he flatly denied this. As the Congregation stood for opening song and prayer, Billy whispered to Lititia, "There are Gypsies camped at the creek, just below the Cemetery; let's sneak out and have a look at them." "Oh" Lititia replied, "I'd love to. Imagine, we could have our fortunes told. But how can we leave Church?" Billy held his song book high in front of his face and said, "Slip out while everyone is standing, run down the hall and climb out the back window. Run fast, and I'll meet you on the rock wall back of the Co-op." Lititia - "Dare we try it? What will Mama and Papa say if we get caught?" Billy - "Come on, we will be back by the time Church is out." The window was high and almost too high for a twelve year old, but youth always finds a way if the returns are inviting enough. Within minutes the two met at the rock wall and were skipping hand in hand toward the north end of town. "Billy, how did you know about the Gypsies?" "Well, old man Shears talks about them all the time while he plants potatoes for Dad. He says he was once a Gypsies and roamed all over Europe with them. His stories are great." "Oh Billy, I don't believe all that stuff. Old man Shears is a little daft, I've heard folks say, and Papa says they are a rootless people and their way of life is the Devil's way. Billy, I'm scared to go near them," and she began wondering why she slipped out of Sunday School to follow Billy to a Gypsy Camp. There was a colorful horsedrawn wagon coming into view. The two slackened their pace, now they were walking through the tombstones, being careful to not deliberately walk on graves. A row of poplar trees formed the north end of the boundary line of the cemetery, and there was an irrigation ditch a few feet away. The setting afforded a nice place to camp, shade from the trees, water for the horse, and grass and watercress along the ditchbank. Indians often camped at this very spot, but the villagers were used to Indians wandering in and out of the area. There was great curiosity when Gypsies came. "Look," Billy said, "their horse is white. Shears told me they believe white horses bring you good luck. So do green frogs and falling stars and certain precious stones." -85-
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Identifier 095_Gypsies.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325531
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