A Biographical Sketch of John Riggs Murdock (Google eBook)

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Deseret News, 1909 - Mormon Church - 206 pages
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Page 89 - With crowbar and pick and axe in hand, we have worked our way over mountains, which seemed to defy aught save the wild goat, and hewed a passage through a chasm of living rock more narrow than our wagons.
Page 89 - History may be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry. Half of it has been through a wilderness where nothing but savages and wild beasts are found, or deserts where, for want of water, there is no living creature. There, with almost hopeless labor we have dug deep wells, which the future traveler will enjoy.
Page 51 - State. 1 prophesied that the Saints would continue to suffer much affliction, and would be driven to the Rocky Mountains, many would apostatize, others would be put to death by our persecutors, or lose their lives in consequence of exposure...
Page 61 - I call God and angels to witness that I have unsheathed my sword with a firm and unalterable determination that this people shall have their legal rights, and be protected from mob violence, or my blood shall be spilt upon the ground like water, and my body consigned to the silent tomb.
Page 77 - Each company will be allowed 4 women as laundresses, who will travel with the company, receiving rations and other allowances given to the laundresses of our army. With the foregoing conditions, which are hereby pledged to the Mormons, and which will be faithfully kept by me and other officers in behalf of the govt of the US, I cannot doubt but that you will in a few days be able to raise 500 young and efficient men for this expedition.
Page 35 - As for your leaders, do not once think — do not imagine for a moment — do not let it enter your mind — that they will be delivered, or that you will see their faces again ; for their fate is fixed, their die is cast, their doom is sealed.
Page 76 - You will have the Mormons distinctly to understand that I wish to have them as volunteers for twelve months ; that they will be marched to California, receiving pay and allowances during the above time, and at its expiration they will be discharged, and allowed to retain, as their private property, the guns and accoutrements furnished to them at this post.
Page 19 - ... for children, and children for parents. Some had the good fortune to escape with their family, household goods, and some provisions : while others knew not the fate of their friends, and had lost all their goods. The scene was indescribable, and would have melted the hearts of any people upon earth except the blind oppressor, and prejudiced and ignorant bigot. Next day the company increased, and they were chiefly engaged in felling small...
Page 10 - When I found myself going out of the door in the hands of about a dozen men; some of whose hands were in my hair, and some hold of my shirt, drawers, and limbs. The foot of the trundle bed was towards the door, leaving only room enough for the door to swing. My wife heard a gentle tapping on the windows, which she then took no particular notice of (but which was unquestionably designed...
Page 17 - All through this day and the day following (Nov. 6th) women and children were fleeing in every direction from the presence of the merciless mob. One company of one hundred and ninety— all women and children, except three decrepit men — were driven thirty miles across a burnt prairie, the ground thinly crusted with sleet, their trail being easily followed by the blood which flowed from their lacerated feet!

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