The correspondent of the New York Times, writing from Port Bridger, on the 12th alt., makes the following statement:
Conversing with a bright eyed, good looking young Mormon, a day or two ago—one whose face betokened more of frankness than one could expect of most of his fellows—I asked him about the outrages upon Gentile merchants and Uni-ted States officials in the "Valley." He did not attempt to deny, nor offer to excuse them. To him they were evidently perfectly natural and appropriate results. "If a man comes into the Valley," said he, "and minds his own business, he has no trouble ; but if he begins to meddle with things that don't belong to him, I’ll be d—d if he don't get h—l." Pressing him as to what he meant by intermeddling, he replied that the Gentiles had offended by writing to the States and to Europe abusive statements in regard to affairs in Utah, or had harbored and attempted to protect persons who had been "cut off" from the Church, or had spoken evil of the Prophet, &c. The same complaint applied to the civil officers, who, he declared, with wonderful sim-plicity, had vexed Brigham Young, and other good men, by official acts or decisions obnoxious to the interests of the Church, and therefore de-serving of severest reprehension. "What else could they expect?" continued my young ex-positor. "If a man comes into this Valley, and lets us alone, he would have no trouble." It was the old story of tyranny and oppression, which, has bees dinned into the ears of the Govern-ment and the people of the United States for a. year or two, but which seems almost impossible of realization by those who live at a distance from the influense of this accursed theocracy. The Church finds itself unable to endure free criticise of its faith as exemplified in the lives of its exponents, and so feels justified in resort-ing to outrage and murder in order to suppress the liberty of speech. A man witnessing the enormities of the Valley, must not "meddle" so far even as to write to his friend in New York or Massachusetts or Louisiana, narrating the facts. Neither must he respond to the demands of common charity and give food or shelter to the helpless female who has been turned out to perish in the pitiless winter storm, because she shrinks from the touch, of some vulgar "Saint," who desires to add her to his polygamic house-hold. Nor must he resist the spoilation of his property when the Church has need of it. Nor venture an appeal to the courts for redress. All this is "meddling,'" and justly subjects the im-prudent perpetrator to the Mormon inquisition and its mysteriously executed penalties. Your Utah correspondence, a year or more ago, pre-sented case after case, each well authenticated, illustrating forcibly the foregoing interpreta-tion of what the Mormon Theocrat means by Gentile meddling. The United States Courts were "meddling" when they undertook to assert the rights of the citizen Hockaday, against the interests and the edicts of the Church and so they were broken up by violence and dispersed. Surveyor General Burr was meddling when, as the agent of the Government, he undertook to cut wood in the Canons to make land section stakes, and so he was driven from the Territo-ry. Captain Gunnison "meddled" when he pub-lished to the worlds his observations of the in-iquities of Mormondom, and as a consequence, he was butchered with all his band by Mormon Thugs ; and the followers of Brigham Young seem to believe implicitly that in thus punish-ing “meddling"" they nothing deserving re-probation or rebuke.
A trifling incident, the other day, illustrated the servile subjection to which, woman is redu-ced under the Mormon harrow. Among the party who recently arrived here from Salt Lake, on their way towards the Missouri, was a Frenchman, who, though glad to escape from the tyranny of brother Brigham, was still fast in the faith. He had with him three women, one of whom was his legal wife, and another his mother. The third was a German woman, who having occasion to appeal to the judicial authori-ties here for aid, presented the following state-ment, which was confirmed in its essential points by fellow travellers. The Frenchman, whom she met as a Mormon preacher in St. Louis, made love to her there, and as she was already a convert to the faith easily persuaded her to go with him to Salt Lake to be "sealed" to him as a "spiritual" or second wife, promising her that the ceremony should be performed as soon as they came into the presence of the Prophet. This promise he failed to keep, but on arrival in the Valley, he sent his victim out to herd his cattle, which she did all last summer and win-ter. This springs, when, the Frenchman was about to leave the Valley, she insisted upon his taking her back to the States. To this he con-sented on condition that she should give up her bed and spare clothing to be sold in order to aid in the purchase of the team and necessary sup-plies for the journey. Accordingly, she made over her furniture, and stripped herself of every article of apparel which could be spared with-out absolute indecency—the value of which was equal to half the cost of the rickety "out-fit" in which the party finally stated. It seems to haw been the fellow's intention to drive her out of his company as soon as possible afterwards by cruelty and in the trip from, the Valley to this point, he compelled her to walk; all the way, quarreling with her and abusing her continual-ly. Arrived here, she de ermined to join our Camp, where she could find abundant employ-ment as laundress—and accordingly she took; legal measures to obtain a return of her share of the out-fit, The District Attorney and Da-vid A. Burr, with myself, proceeded to the Mor-mon Camp, and made the demand in her behalf. The fellow did not dispute her story in the least, but put on airs of the most lordly superiority, sneering at the idea of a woman's being able to bring complaint against one of the "Sons of Zi-on." Until the fast was suggested to him, he had evidently forgotten, that he was no longer in a Mormon community, but in one where a woman, has rights of her own. As the sugges-tion dawned upon his mind, his lordly air van-ished, and he burst into a vehement passion, applying an opprobious epithet to, the woman, which was instantly resented by one of his own associates, who warned him not to repeat the slanders. Finally, under threat of being sub-jected to suit for the value of his victim's prop-erty, and also for wages as a "herdsman," he paid up and was permitted to depart.
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