Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Right Under their Noses

Scurvy was a disease alive and well in Winter Quarters. It became necessary to send wagons into Missouri to buy potatoes to combat the disease. However, this was time consuming and costly. Rather than sending a wagon into Missouri to get the necessary potatoes to cure the disease the Saints discovered another vegetable growing in abundance right where they were living which was also effective. What was the vegetable?

A)                 Carrots

B)                 Beets

C)                 Turnips

D)                 Horse radish


Yesterday’s answer:

(B) The Tavern owner was a member

The following is an excerpt from a letter of Mary Fielding to her sister, Mercy.

   “I felt much pleased to see Sisters Walton and Snider who arrived here on Saturday about noon, having left Brother Joseph Smith and Rigdon about 20 miles from Fareport [Fairport] (Ohio) to evade the mobbers. They were to come home in Dr. (Sampson) Avards carriage and expected to arrive about 10 o'clock at night but to their great disappointment they were prevented in a most grievous manner. They had got within 4 miles of home after a very fatiguing journey, much pleased with their visit to Canada and greatly anticipating the pleasure of seeing their homes and families, when they were surrounded with a mob and taken back to Painesville and secured as was supposed in a tavern where they intended to hold a mock trial. But to the disappointment of the wretches the housekeeper was a member of the church who assisted our beloved brethren in making their escape, but as Brother Joseph Smith says not by a basket let down through a window, but by the kitchen door.”

Kenneth W. and Audrey M. Godfrey, Jill Mulvay Derr, Women's Voices (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982), pp. 60-68.

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