Departure of the Mountain Meadow Children—Reception of the Instructions to Federal Officials.
We nave received fi es of the Deseret News and the Valley Tan to the 29 h June. The news from Salt Lake City is interesting. The official instructions to the Federal officers in the Territory, (published some weeks ago iu the TIMES,) had been received with great glee by the Mormons. The Deseret News ( BRIGHAM'S organ) prints Attorney-General BLACK'S two letters in full, accompanied by the following editorial comment
" Fully do we indorse the spirit of both letters. The Constitution and laws of the United States should be a bright, unblemished mirror, to reflect the whole nation and discover their scabby spots.
On that subject, so much talked of outside, on which so many comments have been made, and of which so little appears to be truly known—the ' Mountain Meadow Massacre,' as it is termed—we have heretofore said but little. We have published much of what others have had to say about it, good or bad, as it came. Connected with this, we now ex-pect that Judges shall 'sacrifice the flesh' for the little time required to investigate this whole matter, do their legitimate duty, and no more ; that the pub-lic accuser shall be the same straightforward, inde-pendent officer he has heretofore shown himself to be ; and that the accused be tried by their peers, and their witnesses secured from treacherous arrests!
Give us a full record, "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," and, as an honest journal-ist we will give a full and honest transcript to the world!
Hold up the mirror ! Hold it up in the bright, broad, daylight. But hold it where there are no bayonets to glitter and dazzel the Juror's eye."
The children rescued from the Mountain Meadow Massacre, left Salt Lake City on the 28th June, in charge of Dr. FORNEY, for Fort Smith. They were eighteen in number, of ages ranging from 2 to 8 years. The Vallay Tan says :
" The first arrangements contemplated their trans-portation to the States with ox teams, but Gen. JOHN-STON kindly and promptly responded to a request from Dr. FORNEY, and has furnished for their better accom-modation three spring ambulances and one baggage-wagon, with teams of six mules each.
The change in the mode of transportation will, we think, contribute greatly to the comfort of the chil-dren and those in charge of them. From the circum-stances connected with their orphanage, they are pe-culiarly objects for sympathy, and we are pleased to see the efforts of Dr. FORNEY to make the road on which they travel in search of relatives or friends as smooth as possible.
They will travel with, and are under the protection of Capt. R., ANDERSON, Second Dragoons, who is en route to Fort Kearney with his command. Mrs. WOR-LEY, Mrs. NASH, and two other ladies have been en-gaged as matrons to attend to the wants of the little ones, and three men also accompany the party as camp assistants. The names of the children, so far as can be learned, are as follows :
John Calvin, Lewis and Mary Sorel. (their father being held in remembrance as " Joe Sorel ;") Ambrose Miram, and William Taggett, Frances Born; Charlee and An-nie Francher ; Be se and ane Baker ; Rebecca, Louisa and Sarah Dunlop ; Sophronia or Mary and Ephraim W. Huff: Angeline and Annie (surname unknown ;) and a little boy of whom there is no account, the people with whom he was found called him William.
The children are supposed to have resided in the same neighborhood, and in Johnston County, Ark-ansas. These children have been in charge of Dr. FORNEY since last Fall, and we know that he has given his interested and personal supervision in order that they may be properly and comfortably cared for. We learn, moreover, that Dr. FORNEY has ob-tained the guardianship of these children. There was a large amount of property in the possession of the party massacred at the Mountain Meadows, and the children have now an agent here, who will undoubtedly use his best endeavors to recover the property of which they have been despoiled."
The Valley Tan has passed into new hands ; Secre-ary HARTNETT having given place to Mr. GEORGE ADAMS. HARTNETT attacks a correspondent of the San Francisco Bulletin for the assertion that the paper was coerced by himself and Gov. CUMMING, He not only repels this imputation, but indulges in the some-what strong statement that the correspondent afore-said " tells not the truth—that he utters falsehoods—that he is a liar." This, however, is simply the Utah manner. The new editor relieves Judge SINCLAIR of the onus of threatening to quarter troops in the city, to protect his Court, and comes to the defence of His Honor as follows:
" We have been reliably informed that the accusa-tion is groundless, and that Judge SINCLAIR did not even intend to hold court In May, as he was awaiting the arrival of Chief Justice ECKELS ; which fact of it-self is all-sufficient to refute such an allegation as has been made, and show what credit can be at ached to the statements of the writer. If one portion of the testimony of a witness is invalidated, it is held that the testimony in general is worthless, so that writers should be careful in regard to all their statements."
The Mormon paper puffs Gen. WILSON, the United States District-Attorney. It declares that " he has the esteem and confidence of the citizens of this Ter-ritory."
The Army Paymaster was reported on his way to Utah with upwards of $ 400,000 in specie for the army, and about five hundred recruits.
The Saints were getting discouraged about their crops. The News says :
" From the reports that have been received, from nearly every county and settlement in the Territory within the last few days, the prospects of an abund-ant harvest this season are not generally very flatter-ing, and in several locations the wheat crop will be almost an entire failure. Comparatively speaking there was but little wheat sown last Fall, and much of what was put in was either killed by the severity of the Winter or injured by the cold blasting winds of April and May to that extent that many fields, especi-ally in the northern counties, are not worth harvest-ing ; and, in some instances, the owners are mowing them, there being more cheat than there is wheat growing, and, consequently, the crop is not of any value only as feed for stock.
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