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“Alferd Packer, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bitch. They was only seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, and you ate five of them.”

September 20, 2017

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 957). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Alferd Packer, who is buried in my home town’s cemetery, was a favorite character of my friends and I as we grew up in Littleton, Colorado.

The context for the quote:

Alferd Packer had been a mountain guide, as mixed up as the spelling of his first name, and late in 1873 for a grubstake he volunteered to lead a hunting party of twenty into the western mountains. When a blizzard struck he got lost with five of the members. The party was snowbound for three months. They ran out of food, so Packer, as the man responsible for the leadership and survival of the group, began eating his fellow sportsmen.

When the spring thaws came Alferd Packer returned, picking his teeth and showing no signs of ordeal, but later the skeletons of his companions were found, each skull showing signs of having been smacked with the sharp edge of an ax.

The macabre episode might have passed unnoticed into history as one more macabre affair along the Continental Divide, except for the memorable charge made by the judge when he sentenced Packer. Whether the judge actually said these words cannot now be proved, but they have passed into the folklore of the state, providing Colorado with its one indisputable folk hero. Said the judge, “Alferd Packer, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bitch. They was only seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, and you ate five of them.”

This affair made Packer the patron saint of the Republican party . . . . .

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 957). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Air taken from above a pile of manure—this has been scientifically observed—is purer than air taken from above Paris.” Hugo, Victor. Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) (Kindle Locations 23820-23821). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

July 31, 2017

Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) by Victor Hugo (Author), Julie Rose (Translator)

“Some three thousand saints lost their lives over the twenty-two years of overland treks to the Salt Lake Valley.”

June 3, 2017

http://www2.byui.edu/Presentations/Transcripts/Devotionals/2006_07_25_Schmidt.htm

Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional November 24, 2014 – – In Our Extremities – – Lynne Anderson, Curriculum Development Managing Director

May 31, 2017

http://www2.byui.edu/Presentations/Transcripts/Devotionals/2014_11_24_Anderson.htm

This evening, in further preparing for my stake’s pioneer trek activity, I listened to this excellent talk.

The entire talk is worthwhile, but a few excerpts:

I remember walking in the crisp North Dakota air before dawn one morning, lamenting my trials, and asking Heavenly Father why He had given me so much to bear. I felt overwhelmed and in deep despair. I couldn’t understand why—when I was trying so hard to be good—life was so difficult and seemed so hopeless. I had reached my extremity.

At that point, there came into my mind these words, “Lynne, if I gave you anything easier, you would just do it yourself, and you wouldn’t come to rely on Me.”

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Brothers and sisters, when you feel you have reached your own extremity, when you feel you can no longer pull your handcart any further, the Lord will give you courage and strength beyond your own ability as you come unto Him, obey His commandments with more exactness, serve Him first, trust Him by yielding your heart to Him and abide in Him forever. As you do these things, the cart will begin to push you. The angels will assist you and you will become better acquainted with God as a result.

“…France, the birthplace of film. “

May 29, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21722702-some-france-bristle-video-streaming-companys-disregard-cinemas-netflix-still-gets

And today I also came upon this:

France in the Nineteenth Century: A Time Line . . .

1895 Louis and Auguste Lumière capture the moving image on film

Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 4568, 4624-4625). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.