The Eastern Sentiment Toward the Mormons.
C. C. Goodwin, in Harper's Magazine for October.
While this system is spreading and being daily strengthened, while some-thing is going on in Utah, which, if left exclusively to itself, would, in a genera-tion, bring woman to the auction-block, and utterly brutalize men, the people of the East do not seem to be greatly wor-ried. Though the Gentiles of Utah never wronged the Mormons, though they have given to Utah its prosperity and accumulated wealth, though they own quite two-fifths of the property of the Territory, and though they have never asked anything of the Mormons except that they obey the laws, still, the sentiment of the East is that they are a predatory set, and that the Mormons are entitled to peculiar and tender considera-tion, because they, when their presence and customs had become intolerable to the people among whom they dwelt, started out into the wilderness and es-tablished a thriving Territory.
While doing this the Mormons have shrunk from no crime, recoiled at no falsehood, have murdered and robbed Americans in secret, and laid the crime to savages, and still, while despoiling Americans, have shed crocodile tears over their own extreme sufferings. They have disobeyed and derided the laws, and still continue to do so; they have in-sulted and driven away United States officials for no offense except that of try-ing to do their duty under their oaths, and all this has been performed by the orders of less than thirty men, who, in the meantime, have absorbed so much of the earnings of the people that they pos-sess more money and property than five times twenty thousand of their dupes possess. Worse than all they have again forged the chains of an ignominious slavery on the wrists of women; what they call their religion offers a perpetual premium for men's lusts; their teachings kill the germ of chastity in the hearts of childhood before it is ever warmed into life, and destroy the honor and sacredness of home.
The men of the East should consider these things, and should remember that once before there was as institution in this country around which there was a shield of sympathy; its divine rights were declared from a thousand pulpits; Congress was too sordid and too coward-ly to deal with it; wholesale merchants and great corporations lent their influ-ence to perpetuate it, and a venal press rang with anathemas against any who dared to denounce it. But there came a day at last when men had to choose which should live and rule, that institu-tion or this nation.
The history of what followed is fresh in all minds; and little as the masses be-lieve it now, there will come a time, if this monster in Utah is left to grow, when there will be another call for volun-teers and for money; and, as before, tens of thousands of brave young men will go away, never to return; as before, there will be an enormous debt in-curred; as before, the country will be hillocked with graves, and the whole land will be moistened by the rain of women's tears.
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