THE TERRITORIAL ELECTION.
The “ Gentile ” Ticket Defeated — Unusually Large Vote—Proceedings in the United States Court—Army News.
From Our Own Correspondent,
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, U. T.,
Saturday, Aug. 7, 1858.
The election for Territorial and County officers, which was held throughout the Territory on Monday last, passed off, as far as we are able to learn, very quietly and peaceably.
In this City, although there was, for the first time since its foundation, votes cast in opposition to the nominees of the Church, yet it created no disturb-ance, and but little excitement.
The Mormon leaders, perfectly satisfied that we could not carry the day. did not trouble themselves farther than to order all of their subjects to vote ; in consequence of this order, however, the vote polled this year far exceeds that generally cast in this City.
The highest number of votes on the Union or " Gen-tile " ticket, for any one person, was 37. The high-est number of votes cast was 1,056. Those on the Church ticket who received this vote being voted for also by the " Gentiles."
The following are the members of the Legislature elected in this county on Monday last, and the votes cast for each, as appears from the returns filed in the Secretary's office :
John Taylor. . . . . . . . . 1,053 | Joseph A. Young. . . . 1,019
Orson Hyde. . . . . . . . . 1,056 | H. B. Clawson. . . . . . . 1,019
Daniel Spencer. . . . . . 1,056 | Wm. H. Hooper. . . . . 1,014
A. P. Rockwood. . . . . 1,017 | Edwin D. Woolley. . 1,017
Hosea Stout. . . . . . . . . 1,019 | Alexander McRae. . .1,018
Jas. W. Cummings. . 1,018 | S. W. Richards. . . . . . 1,019
Jesse C. Little. . . . . . 1,019 |
This election will, however, be contested at the next sitting of the County Court, it having been con-ducted illegally in many respects. In the first place, there is no record on file in the Secretary's office of the election of any Justices of the Peace in this pre-cinct since 1852, and it does not appear in the ar-chives of his office that any certificate of election has been given to a Justice of the Peace since tha time. The law provides that the senior Justice of the Peace in each Precinet shall be the judge of the elec-tion and shall appoint a clerk, &c. The Justice of the Peace who served at the late election acted without authority, not having a certificate showing that he possessed any authority. Again, the judges of elec-tion, such as they were, did not watch or protect the ballot-box. At noon they were all absent, and their places filled by others not legally authorized to be there, one of whom was a candidate for the Legislature, and was elected upon the Church ticket. Thirteen Representatives were voted for and elected, although this Precinct is only entitled to twelve. This was done in consequence of the law passed at the last session of the Legislature, attaching Green River County—in which Fort Bridger is situated—to Great Salt Lake County, and, of course, increasing the num-ber of Representatives in the County thus formed. This law, however, has never been signed by Governor CUMMING, who was at the time in the Territory, but was signed by BRIGHAM. Its validity, therefore, though recognized by the Mormons, will not be recognized by the present Secretary of the Territory.
In consequence of this law there were but few Mormon votes cast in Green River County. The residents of the County living at Fort Bridger and on Green River, voted, however, for the officers to which they are entitled, and elected by a majority of over 100, the Democratic ticket, upon which WILLIAM J. OSBORNE, Esq., formerly of Kansas Territory, was their nominee for Representative in the Legislature. The official returns have not yet been received, so that we have not the exact number of votes polled. This secures us one Gentile Representative in the next Legislature, for, although the Mormons will contest his right to a seat, they cannot sustain them-selves in their position.
A most interesting case of habeas corpus was tried during the past week before Chief Justice ECKELS and Associate Justice SINCLAIR, of the Supreme Court of this Territory. It seems that about four years ago the wife of Mr. H. POLYDORE, a lawyer residing in Gloucestershire, England, joined the Mormons and ran away from him. Stealing their only child, a daughter, from the boarding- school at which she was placed, she brought her in a company of Mormons to this place.
The father, in the meantime, made every effort to discover the whereabouts of the mother and child, and a considerable time elapsed before he found out that they were here among the Mormons. Finding that his individual efforts would be unavailing in pro-curing the return of his child, he applied to Lord MALMESBURY, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Eng-land, for the aid of the Government in his behalf. An application was made, therefore, by the English Gov-ernment, through Lord NAPIER, to Secretary CASS, for the assistance of our Government in the matter, who thereupon forwarded instructions to General JOHN-STON, directing him to use every effort in his power to find the child and secure its restoration to the father. As soon as the civil authorities had become estab-lished here, the case was placed in the hands of the United States District Attorney. The child, who is only twelve years old, was found with her aunt, who is the fourth wife of SAMUEL RICHARDS, one of the twelve Apostles. The mother of the girl had re-turned to the States.
Upon examination the Court ordered that the child should be restored to her father, and she will accord-ingly be sent on as soon as a suitable escort can be found, to Lord NAPIER, at Washington.
The Hon. C. E. SINCLAIR, one of the Associate Justices of this Territory, arrived in the last mail from the States. It is with pleasure that we an-nounce his arrival, for we have long looked for the arrival of the Judges who are necessary for the or-ganization of the Judicial branch of our Territorial Government.
We are informed that KIRK ANDERSON, Esq., formerly connected with the editorial department of the Mis-souri Republican, is now on his way out here with a complete printing press, and everything requisite for the publication of a large newspaper in this city.
This has been more needed here, perhaps, than anything else.
With a regular weekly communication to the States, a “ Gentile " Press, and an independent Ju-diciary, we can wish for no other aid to effect the re-generation of this Territory than the influence of en-ergetic, fearless ministers of the Gospel, and these we must have.
The Sixth Regiment of Infantry, in command of Col. ANDREWS, arrived at Fort Bridger during the past week. This regiment have come over the new road explored last Summer by Lieut. BRYANT, which, eaving the old road at the crossing of the South Fork or the Platte, passes through Bridger's Pass, and strikes the old road again at Fort Bridger. They re-port the road as a good one in regard to grass and water, but it will take a great deal of work to make it equal to the old one for travel. It is, however, some 75 or 80 miles shorter.
The Sixth has been ordered to proceed immediately to Fort Walla Walla, the seat of the Indian war in Oregon ; they will not, consequently, enter the valley, but move from Bridger directly up the Oregon trail. Lieutenant-Colonel CANBY, with two companies of the Tenth, and one company of Dragoons, will re-lieve Col. HOFFMAN in the command of the post at Bridger. Several of the officers of the Army now sta-tioned here have procured leaves of absence.
Governor CUMMING has rented the large, fine house of the late Secretary BABBITT. He boarded up to this time with Mr. STAINES. A. B. C.
Brigham to the Saints.
Our correspondent at Salt Lake City forwards files of the Deseret News. BRIGHAM YOUNG has direc ted the publication of his discourses to the people, after a long lapse, during which neither his utteran-ces nor those of the Elders have appeared in the col-umns of the Mormon organ. A speech of BRIGHAM, delivered, in June, contains a passage which indicates that the Presidency decides to remain in occupancy. The stories of the contemplated departure of the Saints to some retired spot appear to be entirely ex-ploded. BRIGHAM, after a long homily, very temper-ately worded, gives his followers this counsel :
I will now say a few words oil business affairs, A road up Provo canon is much needed, and we want ten or twenty companies of laborers to go to work upon it forthwith, in order to finish it in about fifteen days, so that you can go into the valleys of the Weber where there is plenty of timber.
I understand that a Company has been chartered by the Legislative Assembly to make that road, and if those men will come forward we will take the re-sponsibility of making it. We shall need about five hundred laborers. I also want a mill-race dug some three quarters of a mile in length, and an excavation made for the foundation of a grist-mill. When that is done, we will plan something else, for we want every one to have the privilege of being actively en-gaged in some useful occupation. We want men to labor in every mechanical pursuit that they can, for I believe that the time will come when we will have I to depend upon our own resources, and I pray the Lord to so. hedge up the way and shut down the gate that we may be compelled to depend upon our own manufacturing for the comforts of life.
Last Spring I wanted to detect some spirits that I could not make manifest to the people, only in the course I then took. There are those who, when they know that they have liberty to act in a certain man-ner, do not care about moving in that direction ; but if you say they cannot or shall not, they are then very anxious to do so That class reminds me of the Frenchman who loaned his money, and upon learn-ing that the borrower was likely to fail, asked him when he could pay him. The answer was," To day, if you wish it." " Why ! have you got it ? " Yes." "Oh, if you have got it, I do not want it; but If you have not got it, I ant it very bad." With the exception of a short time during the late difficulties, all persons have always had the privilege of going away from here when they pleased, and have been repeatedly invited to do so if they wished to, and a certain class did not avail themselves of the privilege; but when I said that they should not go until I gave them permis-sion, we learned those spirits and they have gone.
I want the clay well ground and well worked over . I want the pure in heart to receive their blessings, and to be free from the oppressions of the wicked.
God bless you brethren and sisters : Amen.
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