Thursday, August 10, 2017

Making Good His Escape

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When Edwin Pettit desired to be with his sister and his sister’s husband on the trail west to the Great Basin, what did Edwin have to do to escape from his non-member brothers?
a.                  Disguise himself as a tramp
b.                  Disguise himself as a girl
c.                   Disguise himself as a native
d.                  Disguise himself as an old man
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Native warriors came to their camp and sung to them
From the life of William Hendricks Lewis:   We then joined Bishop George Miller’s company and continued our journey westward, hoping to reach the Rocky Mountains that same season; but after traveling a few hundred miles, winter came on, and meeting some Punca Indian Chiefs, who told us that they had grass, timber and water, and that we had better winter with them, we accepted their kind offer, left the trail we had been following, and wintered with them. It was a cold bleak winter, and we suffered much form the want of food. About eighty persons of our company died of black leg or scurvy, and were buried without coffins. We had a little corn in camp, which the women would grind on a hand mill, and there were at times as may as twenty or thirty persons waiting their turn to grind. When we first arrived at the place where we wintered, some two or three hundred young warriors came on horseback to serenade our camp; they rode at full speed in single file, and in their war paint, and fired their guns as they came, not forgetting to give the Indian war whoop. This made it very exiting for our people, many of whom had never seen an Indian before. Just at that moment the old chief appeared on the scene in great excitement, waving his hands and giving the word of command, saying that a war party of Pawnees was at their camp, killing their women and children. On hearing this the warriors broke their serenade and went at full speed to their own camp, where they had a desperate battle with their enemy. They fought like demons for their wives and children; their war chief was killed, and I have never before or since listened to such howling and mourning.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:298-299.

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