Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Beat of the Drum

During the early settlement in Utah, the sound of the beat of the drum was the signal for all people to gather where to protect themselves against the natives?
a.                  The Church
b.                  The Bishop's home
c.                   The school
d.                  To underground shelters
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Indians
From the journal of Mary Ann Chapple Warner:   After the evening meal, and when dusk had fallen, from somewhere in the circle of wagons came the sound of a violin being tuned, then a burst of merry melody. Dancing and singing usually followed, blotting out for the time being the thought of the tedious toil that lay before us. Following this bit of welcome entertainment usually came storytelling time. A huge circle was made around the blazing campfire; then began the tales of previous happenings and deeds of the Indians. Bloodcurdling stories of massacres, scalping’s, and raids of the Indians were recited until the very blood in my veins ran cold. As I gazed beyond the cheerful light of the campfire, each sinister shadow seemed to conceal an Indian, hideously painted and half naked. So terrorizing were some of these stories that I could hardly move. After the evening prayer, when silence claimed the camp and everybody was asleep, I often lay awake, afraid to even close my eyes.

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:67-68.

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