AFFAIRS IN UTAH.
The Indignation Against Gov. Harding—The Arrest of Brigham Young—A Little Ex-citement—Arrest of Col. Rosse—Amuse-ments.
Correspondence of the New-York Times.
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, Thursday, March 12, 1863.
At the great mass meeting in the Tabernacle, last week, the vials of indignation were poured forth upon the heads of Gov. HARDING and Judges WAITE and DRAKE. The following is the "official" report of the deputation, then and there appointed to wait up-on His Excellency and their Honors:
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, March 5, 1863.
To the Citizens of Great Salt Lake City:
GENTLEMEN: Your Committee, appointed at the mass meeting held in the Tabernacle on the 3d inst., waited upon his Excellency. Gov. HARDING, and their Honors, Judges WAITE and DRAKE, on the morning of the 4th.
Gov. HARDING received us courteously, but, upon being informed of the purport of our visit, both him-self and Judge DRAKE, who was in the Governor's Office, emphatically refused to comply with the wishes of the people, notwithstanding the Governor had repeatedly stated that he would leave whenever he learned that his acts and course were not agreeable to the people.
Upon being informed that, if he was not satisfied that the action of the mass meeting expressed the feelings of the people, he could have the expression of the whole Territory, he replied, "I am aware of that, but that would make no difference."
Your Committee called at the residence of Judge WAITE, who being absent at the time, has since in-formed us by letter that he also refuses to comply with the wishes of the people.
ORSON PRATT, Sen.
Of course, after this, all intercourse between the high offended parties will be narrowed down to that which is strictly "official." This most interestingly cool state of affairs may therefore be expected to re-solve itself speedily into "let alone severely" policy.
In many of the country settlements other indigna-tion meetings have been held, and similar sentiments uttered in respect to the same persons. And now that it is fairly under way, the thing may run over the Territory, and the officials may be complimented by every settlement. Never before did Governor or Judges receive such testimonials of appreciation. What a charming position, to have our neighbors rise up en masse and tell us they prefer our room to our company! " 'Tis a mad world, my masters."
On Monday Judge KINNEY opened his term of Court for this District. Yesterday he finished up all the civil business. The grand jury had then present-ed no indictment. One of the chief cases will be the trial of the Morrisite folks for forcibly resisting the civil arrest of certain persons last Summer.
The Judge has issued a writ for the arrest of BRIGHAM YOUNG, on the charge of polygamy. Marshal GIBBS served the writ and BRIGHAM was held to bail in the sum of two thousand dollars, to appear for trial before the District Court.
On Monday all the citizens appeared to have been seized with a sudden affection for firearms of every description, moving with business-like step along the streets, and resolving into groups near BRIGHAM'S dwellings and other chief places in the city. Nobody knew or could tell exactly what was in the wind. One said it was general training-day; another that the Governor and the Judges had requested Col. CONNOR to arrest BRIGHAM YOUNG and two or three other dig-nitaries; a third that sundry threats had dropped about in Camp Douglas, and that preparations had been made there in contemplation of a sudden descent up-some of the chief Mormon authorities. There was not very much excitement, but considerable determi-nation, and had any such descent been made, doubt-less more blood would have been shed than in the re-cent conflict on Bear River. For in some particulars this is an exceedingly sensitive community, and ever since the death of the original prophet, SMITH, or rather of the two SMITHS, in Nauvoo times, any military operation looking to the securing of the Mor-mon chiefs, is sufficient to arouse every suspicion of intended foul play, and to call into exercise every des-perate resource of the "first law of nature"—self-defence.
For my own part I do not apprehend any sanguin-ary collision, and I think such cannot be, unless one party or the other be led onto some rash action. If the Polygamy law prove practically a dead letter, it must first be calmly weighed whether that will not be a less evil than the bloody enforcement of that law by sword and bayonet. For the plural wife doc-trine is held to be a vital part of the Mormon creed, for which the Mormon devotees have already faced peril and death in so many aspects, and for which they doubtless will continue to contend until the bit-ter end, with all the unflinching desperation which characterizes religious conflicts. Polygamy or exter-mination will be the question which this determined people will not hesitate to answer.
The interest of the times is enhanced by the pursuit and arrest of Col. ROSSE, en route from California for the East, by a posse under orders of Col. CONNOR. Col. ROSSE was supposed to have expressed himself rather too freely upon some points here. Nothing contraband, however, being found upon his person or among his baggage, he was released and permitted to resume his journey eastward per mail stage.
Notwithstanding the mildness of the past season the complaints are general, and greater than usual, of hardship and death among the cattle on the prairies. Indeed, in many places the snow is com-paratively deep, and the cattle, being thus kept from the scanty grass close to the earth, have to fine as best they can on sage and "rabbit" brush. But the great cause of death to the cattle is said to be the un-common scantiness of grass. As there were no Fall rains last year, no grass started on the parched prairies—therefore all the grass the beasts could find during the Winter was the dried-up tufts grown the preceding Spring and early Summer. If there had been young grass growing in the Fall, as usual, that mixed with the aforesaid dry stuff would have made tolerable feed, upon which the stock would have fared and thrived pretty well.
The first week of March was pleasant and balmy, the second rather keenly cold. A little digging has commenced in the warmer situations. The snow, however, is not all off the ground.
At the theatre, last night, "Pizarro" concluded a run of three nights, with the "Artful Dodger" and the “Valet-de-Sham" as afterpieces. Perhaps as a whole "Pizarro" was as well "done" as any play presented here this season.
At the country "theatres" considerable business has been done in many parts of the Territory. Ingo-mar has made love, Tell has shown his patriotism, Damon and Pythias have immortalized friendship, the Charcoal Burner has misanthropized—excuse the word—and Virginius has slain and saved his daugh-ter, over and over again, before admiring and applaud-ing crowds. In fact, the dramatic, though it has by no means extinguished the terpsichorean art, has en-tirely eclipsed it this Winter.
Gen. BELA M. HUGHES and Ex-Gov. GILPIN, of Col-orado, dropped down in this city last week, from the East.
MARSHALL C. KINSMAN. PETER RICHARDSON and JOHN EDWARD have recently been killed, and two or three others have been injured, through being struck by logs sliding down the mountain sides, Most of the above accidents were through carelessness of those sliding the logs, which, once started, rush with terrific force down the frozen snow to the canon bed below.
There is some talk of founding a "Gentile " city near the Soda Springs on Bear River, for the purpose of trading with the passing emigration to Oregon, the Northern gold mines, or Northern California.
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