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MORMON TRIALS.—The St. Louis Republican of May 31 has a letter from Carthage, dated the 25th, stating that the examination of witnesses on the part of the State was concluded on Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday morning those for the defence were upon the stand. The testimony on the part of the State has been very lame, and that of the witnesses so very contradictory, and the fact that improper influences have been brought to bear upon them, so very apparent, that it is not within the bounds of probability that the jury will hesitate for one moment in honorably acquitting the prisoners. One of the witnesses, Daniels, and the most important on the part of the State, has been proven to have acknowledged that he was to get $500 from the Mormons and $300 from Gov. Ford, for testifying in the case; another acknow-ledged from the stand that he told his acquaintances he did not think he got as well paid as Daniels. The defend-ants will introduce but few witnesses, and the lawyers will likely commence speaking on Thursday morning, and the case will probably close on Friday evening.
A number of charges for perjury have been preferred against Mormons who were engaged as witnesses in this case; in several instances they had agreed to find bills, but when the Prosecuting Attorney prepared bills they refused to endorse them, the jury is composed of two-thirds Mormons, and have been in session during the whole sitting of the court.
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