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themselves stranded at the top. A grandson, Raymond Smith Jones, retold the story a few years ago: "If we only had a few men to hold the wag on back," Joseph angrily exclaimed to his wife Arabella. "I'll do the holding back," said Belle, "on old Nig's lines. Isn't that what he's tied back there for?" Stanford braced his legs against the dash board and they started down. Old Nig was thrown to his haunches, rolled to his side, and gave a shrill neigh of terror. "His dead weight will be as good as a live one," thought Belle. Just then her foot caught be tween two rocks. She kicked it free but lost her balance and went sprawling after old Nig. She was blinded by the sand. She gritted her teeth and hung on to the lines. A jagged rock tore her flesh and hot pain ran up her leg from heel to hip. The wagon struck a huge boulder. The impact jerked her to her feet and flung her against the side of the cliff. "All the Help a Fellow Needs" The wagon stopped with the team wedged under the tongue, and Stanford leaped to the ground and turned to Arabella. In a shaky voice he asked his wife, "How did you make it, Belle? Belle, you're hurt! Is your leg broken?" Kicking his shin with fury, she fairly screamed, "Does that feel like it's broken?" Later, Stanford met five men coming up to give him a hand with chains and ropes. "We came back to help you," one of them began, but Stanford cut him short. "How's the ferry, boys? Any of it left for us?" Stanford hadn't gotten over the bitterness he felt when his fam ily and wagon were left stranded above the Hole in the Rock. He glanced at Arabella. She was pale. He remem bered her gallant conduct, and was ashamed of his own ill temper. "Forget it fellows. We managed fine. My wife here is all the help a fellow needs." * *Adapted from Desert Magazine, June, 1954. Somehow, every wagon made the perilous descent safely (page 66). Once across, the pioneer band faced further laborious road building through mile after mile of tilted, twisted, and eroded rock. After ten weeks of travel, they halted and founded the settlement of Bluff, Utah. There had been no casualties, and three babies were born en route, but the trek, originally estimated at six weeks, had taken them almost six months. KODACHROME () N.G.S. Tracery of reflections from a limpid pool dances on a rust-red wall in Cathedral Can yon. LoieBelknap and John Evans weave the Sport Yak around corkscrew bends between cliffs that rise hundreds of feet, but stand less than ten feet apart on the canyon floor.