a. There weren’t enough shovels for everyone
b. Time was of essence
c. The men of Ogden bet them they couldn’t do it with in a specified period of time
d. Ogden would not get a tabernacle until this canal was built
(C) A whipping post
In general, the pioneers had no need for severe punishment at first as most difficulties were settled in a friendly manner. However, on one occasion at least, a whipping post was established and used.
A culprit was caught in the act of stealing a lariat. The high council decided that he must pay a ten-dollar fine or receive ten lashes. The offender, defiant, refused to pay the fine even when Mr. Nebeker offered to help him pay it. Consequently, John Nebeker was appointed to do the whipping. The bell post—a pole in the center of the town in which was hung a bell to call the people together—was selected as the whipping post. The thief was stripped to the waist and then given ten lashes in the presence of the public.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 52.