A poem to the major

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A poem to the major - A POETICAL TRIBUTE. Lieutenant S. S. Jones read...
A POETICAL TRIBUTE. Lieutenant S. S. Jones read the following following tribute to the veterans: While the mantle of Peace the valleys on fold Resting" down on fair Utah s domaJn, While the heavens shower on us Its bless- intts untold. While ttie hills their rich treasures con- While the smile of prosperity gladdens our hetirts. While our fields are all golden and While r a'bountiful hearvest, contentment imw.tr I s. And friendship adds Joy to the scene; It is well f.o reflect on tho days that are past, And call vp the scenes flown away; Cur heu.rt.s swell with gratitude as we contract The bles.siwgs bequathed us to-day. H<irk! What Is that shooting we hear In San I'ete Thfut trouble* 'way down on Sevler.' The tffim is waylaid; and the driver Is dead; Shot! scalped! Oh, rny God! and so near To his home, with his wife and his children children in sight. While those red devils hover around, And they rnock and they laugh in their fiendish delight, While- th<; corpse lies still warm on the ground. Fes, down, on Sevler, where the settlers art- fow, The treacherous Indians annoy; For Black Hawk is out with his murderous murderous crow To Launt, to Insult and destroy. Their cattle? and milch-cows are driven away; Their crops arc parched up and He waste; The merciless savage will make them his prey. They call for assistance; make haste! Then quick came the order for brave, fearless men, Arm'd. equipped, for an Indian campaign; campaign; And prompt the response, though scant ti.rru?s were thfen, Not a. man in the ranks would complain. complain. They were soon In the saddle and off on the ro;id. To hold the reel rascals In fear, And these comrades they lifted many a load From the hearts of. the settlers down there. Yet the red men were wary and on the ak>rt. Creeping on us In Indian style; When brave- Major Vance and young Edward Edward Hor.U Were ambushed and killed at Tweleve It looked more like battle on that mem'- rable day, For volley on volley was poured. When General Pace held the foes well at basin basin the rocks there, at Grav'lly Ford. The hoys did their duty, and never asked pay. Tfu-y faced every danger In sight: They'rode In the hot sun, the saddle all day, And helped to stand guard in the night. There Is many a comrade that's with ua ri ; ', r 'nl here, Who.-ie n,"..rne Is not heralded round, Who acted the hero and never knew fear, Ami in perilous tlmos stood his ground. There \va~s General Wells, lot us honor his name- Nat lire's nobleman, generous and brave, uttered will add to Those word.s that he his f.-irno. That "\ve went not to slay but to save." You may search through the annals of warfare and feud, TVhile Indian troubles were rife, And I doubt If you'll find an uprising- subduod Wl-th so little bloodshed and strife. With the Indians In Utah we soug-ht to make peace, Ariel tried not to wrong-, but to right thorn, And may Brig-ham Young-'s maxim with us never cease, That. "'Tls better to feecl than to flg-ht -them." You may trace up the Mormons In all tlif.'r affairs. And this is the spirit you'll find: >Tis {^ C ^ und tO llffhtcn the W0rld ° f TO aid :iVur"to Mess all mankind. Yes, \vo welcome you, comrades, with h.-md wivl with heiirt. Specialists you six TMoui-.-rs aud battalion bays, all; We welcome the veterans who've taken their part. And rosnondod to every call. But while we take joy In the times fhat are vui.st, We strove war and strife to allay, Let us still do our best while the thread of It Co lasts. And each do our duty to-day.

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 23 Aug 1894, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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