A Young Folks' History of the Church
mobber took the gun and shot the old man dead, and then another mobber cut him to
pieces with an old corn cutter.
Thus it continued. I cannot tell you half of the horrible things which happened. At last the
mobbers departed, and night came on. Then, lowly and fearfully, the women and children
and what few men were left crept out of their hiding places to see what had been done
and to help as best they could. Perhaps you can imagine what they saw and how they felt
during that long, dark night in the midst of dead and dying husbands, brothers and sons.
Next morning it was found that nineteen men and boys were dead, or wounded so badly
that they could not live, and about fifteen others were wounded. What to do with the dead
was the question. There were not men enough to dig graves; besides, the mob might
come back again and finish their awful work; so the best they could do was to put the
nineteen bodies into a large, dry well that was close by. This was done, and straw and
earth placed on top.
Sister Smith, mother of Sardius and Alma, has told some of the experiences which she
passed through during that awful time. Her husband and one son were killed, while
another son had his hip nearly shot away. During that first night she says that she prayed
to God to know what to do for her wounded boy, and the Lord distinctly whispered to her
what kind of poultice to put on the wound and how to treat him.
"I removed the boy to a house next day," she says, "and dressed his hip, the Lord
directing me as before."
"'Alma, my child,' I said, 'you believe that the Lord made your hip?'
"'Well, the Lord can make something there in place of your hip, don't you believe he can,
"'Do you think that the Lord can, mother?'
"'Yes, my son,' I replied, 'He has shown it all to me in a vision.'
"And then I laid him comfortably on his face and said: 'Now you lay like that and don't
move, and the Lord will make you another hip.'
"So I laid Alma on his face for five weeks, until he was entirely recovered, a flexible
gristle having grown in place of the missing joint and socket."
Alma grew up to be a man and became a useful member of the Church.
Topics.—1. The massacre at Haun's Mill. 2. Sardius and Alma Smith.