The Latern

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 04
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1972
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 325827
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Title The Latern
Description Peter knew all too well what could happen to the cows. Several times he had seen magpies and crows land upon a poor critter and peck holes in its hide and tear flesh from its helpless body while it was still alive. The cow range was two miles north of town. Here the land was, as yet, undivided among the citizens. The city creek, uncontrolled at this point, divided and sub-divided itself as it flowed toward the Sanpitch River. Here the grass and foliage was plentiful, especially at this time of the year, and the cows could graze contentedly. On the way to the cow range Peter looked back at the town. This was Manti, Utah and the year was 1878. It was twenty-nine years now since the first pioneers entered the valley. That was in the year 1849, two years after the first Mormon migration into Salt Lake Valley. It was upon the request of Indian Chief Walker and his braves that Brigham Young had sent the company to settle Manti. Peter and Jody's parents had not been with the first company to settle Manti, they had come a year later with a group from Denmark. They, like many others, had joined the Mormon Church in their native land, then come to Utah to be with others of the same faith. In the distance Peter would see the old fort, with walls twelve feet high, which had been constructed for protection from the Indians. It covered nine blocks in the center of town. Peter's father had at one time been gatekeeper at the west side. Peter's own adobe home was now lost from view. It stood across teh street east from what is no the city park. Smoke rose from chimneys, and folks shouted to their neighbors as they prepared to go to the big event on Temple Hill. "Wish we didn't have to watch cows today, said Peter, who couldn't get over his disappointment. He kicked some trail dust into the air. "I do want to go to Temple Hill." Temple Hill, as it was now called, was on the point of a long hill that extended down into the northeast section of the town. "I want to go too," said Jody. "You went to the dedication last summer and I didn't get to go. You stood right behind Brigham Young when he blessed the ground for the building of the Temple. I had to herd the cows." - 27 -
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 4
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325815
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