Letters from Antioch, Salvador meets the Colonel


Salvador entered Incline Village. A colonel visiting Incline Village from the Fallon Naval Air Station had a servant who was ill and about to die. This servant was an important friend and helper for the colonel.

When the colonel heard about Salvador, he sent Washoe elders to him, asking him, “Come and save the life of the Colonel’s servant.”

Incline Village Scene

These Washoe elders approached Salvador and insisted very vehemently that he come.

These elders related, “He deserves to have you do this for him. He loves us here on the reservation. See, he uses his forces to build community centers for us, and homes for our families.”

Captain Pete of Washoe Tribe

Salvador strode with them, and was only a short distance from the house, when the colonel sent soldiers commanding them, “When you see this Salvador tell him, “Sir, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you so much as enter my front yard. I am not even fit enough to visit you.”

The colonel asked a soldier to inform Salvador, “Please say the word and let my servant be healed. I am under the General and I have soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and another, ‘Come here,’ and he shows up. To my civilian servants I say, ‘Do this,’ and they do it.”

When Salvador heard this, he rejoiced. The colonel saw in Salvador a man like himself.

The colonel told himself, “Here is not a man of great power who uses it on a whim. Here is a man with great responsibility, responsible to the men in his charge.”

He compared the colonel to an orchestra conductor, “He is a like a great orchestra conductor. Everyone in the orchestra plays their instruments as he directs. They know he will lead them into the harmony of a great song. At the same time, he knows that he cannot play most of the instruments his charges are playing. He knows that his position is dependent upon the fickleness of the audience and his employer.”

Salvador turned to the crowd, “I tell you, not even in Truckee have I found such faith.”

He asks them to do this and they do it, because they know that he cares

When the soldiers returned to the house, they found the servant healthy and serving the Colonel. Later, Salvador traveled into a city, a suburb of the great section of Sacramento called Auburn followed by his Akicita and a large crowd. The city leaders named it because of the number of fish caught in the local stream there.

As he came into eyesight of the city limit sign, he saw the hearse carrying a man who had died. This man was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Both the man and his mother were popular people in town so a large line of cars was behind the hearse. Salvador saw her as she walked up the hill to the cemetery lot.

This sight Salvador moved, so he asked, “Please do not cry.”

Soon there will be no more of these

Salvador stepped forward and touched the casket. At this the bearers stopped.

Salvador said, “Young man, I tell you, Get out of this casket!”

The dead man sat up and began talking to Salvador. Salvador handed him to his mother.

Marvel fell upon all, and they spoke of the importance of the Mighty Savior:

Jesus is the greatest of these that ever was

A great Proclaimer of the divine truth from of old has arisen among us. Our Mighty Savior visits his people. He has blown the Buffalo horn for our salvation within the house of his servant. This is as he promised through the mouth of his Bioka Hunka or strong leaders from of old. He will bring deliverance from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

This report about him spread through the whole of Washoe and Sacramento County and in the entire surrounding country.

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