THE UTAH PROPHET.
The Union of yesterday contained the following announcement:
"Letters have been received in this city from sources entitled to credit stating that Gov. Brigham Young, of Utah Territory, had at the last accounts left Salt Lake City, with a chosen body of two hun-dred men, for Washington or Oregon. Some of the writers express the belief that Young would en-deavor to make his way to the British possessions on the Pacific.”
This news, we fear, is "too good to be true;” for, besides its silence as to whence, or how, or from whom, or to whom the statement comes, there is discredit thrown upon it by letters written from this city on Monday. "ION," to the Sun, says:
"Information which I have received from gentlemen now here from Iowa and Utah is contradictory of the rumored abdication and flight of Gov. Brigham Young from Utah. On the contrary, it is believed that he is dili-gently and zealously engaged in strengthening his position, preparatory to an expected conflict with the United States authorities in the event of his ejection from office. He has an army of twenty-five hundred men, who are well appointed and equipped, and are every day under drill."
The latest newspaper accounts we have from the Salt Lake (March 5) left BRIGHAM YOUNG engaged in assisting, or being present and sanctioning the violent suppression of the United States Court and expulsion of the Judge.
LATER.—We received last evening intelligence from Salt Lake City to the 1st of April. It disproves the statement that BRIGHAM YOUNG had been set upon by his people and forced to fly. Nothing of the kind had occurred, nor was such an occur-rence probable. Young is, without doubt, as strong in the confidence or fears of his people as at any former time. His power and tyranny are as firm and bold as ever.
Recitals are made of new outrages and the spilling of blood by violence. During the month of March a whole-sale tragedy was enacted near the walled town of Spring-ville, which contains about 2,500 inhabitants, and is dis-tant some sixty miles from Salt Lake City. A man named Parrish, a seceding Mormon, had determined upon leav- ing the Territory and coming to the States, and, in order to do so, sold out his property and purchased some horses and a wagon. In the course of the night previous to his intended departure his wagon and horses were stolen, and some time had passed before he discovered which way they had gone. He found them in the town of Pro-vo, some miles off, but, on identification and application for them to the Mayor of Provo, he was decidedly re-fused all relief. Finding it no use to remonstrate, he re- turned to Springville, and finally, in company with his two sons and two other men respectively named Potter and Larger, he set out for the States on foot. They had not left the place more than a few hundred yards behind when they were attacked by a number of men armed and disguised. Potter was shot dead five balls having en-tered his body; Parrish fell wounded, when one of the assailants rushed upon him, and, in his disabled con-dition, cut his throat from ear to ear, and ripped up his abdomen. One of Parrish's sons ran about eighty yards, when he was struck down, his throat cut, and his abdo-men ripped up. The other young Parrish and Darger contrived to escape. The only notice taken of the matter by the Mormon authorities was the summoning of a coro-ner's jury, who sat upon the case and returned a verdict of "assassination by some persons unknown." It is stated that a day or two before the day which Parrish had fixed for leaving, the Mormon Bishop of Springville sent a wagon express to Brigham Young in Salt Lake City, which went and returned within twenty-four hours. This unexampled circumstance is thought to connect Young with privity to the murder, and the further fact is stated that, just before the bloody transaction, the aforesaid Bishop of Springville blessed a number of his flock preparatory to their undertaking a "work of the Lord," and prayed that the "Lord would give them strength to perform his work."
Potter was a brother of one of the men killed in Gun-nison's massacre, and was one of the very few who knew the secret history of that sanguinary transaction. Par-rish and his sons were also well acquainted with the Mormon secrets, having once been in full Mormon com-munion.
Another tragedy, not very dissimilar, is also reported by the last mail from Utah. It occurred about seventy miles from Parowan, on the California road, and the vic-tims were a small party of seceding Mormons emigrat-ing to California. Four were shot as they sat encamped at the foot of some rocky hills. The names of two of these men were Tobin and Peltro. They too were well apprized of the aims and secrets of the Mormons, and therefore too dangerous to be allowed to emigrate.
Of the other, the adulterous branch of Mormon prac-tice and policy, only a fact or two is stated. Joseph Young, a son of Brigham, has returned from England, to which he had been accredited as a missionary. He left a young wife behind him when he undertook his mission, but since his return has taken no notice of her. To make up for this deficiency he has "sealed" two new wives, one of them a niece of the deceased Jedediah Grant. Brigham's youngest daughter, Alice, by his first and true wife, has been recently "sealed," much against her mo-ther's will as well as her own, to a man named Clawson, who had already three or four wives. Baptisms had been very frequent in Great Salt Lake City. At one of these ceremonies four hundred Mormons were baptised and rebaptised, and at another three hundred went through the same "purifying" rites.
We have been advised, by accounts of a prior date, recently received, that crimes of the most horrible de-scription have increased to such an extent that the life of no settler in the Territory is safe; while a secret society called Danites have to some extent disorganized the Mor-mon society by introducing a general system of murder, arson, robbery, &c. on the most extensive scale.
The proceedings of Young's emissaries against the Federal authority have become still more violent and re-bellious. Attempts have been made to fire the dwellings of the Attorney and the United States Judge. Both have been cut off from the church, and denounced as apos-tates, for daring to do their duty and trying to enforce the laws of the country. The United States officials, Mr. Burr, the Surveyor-General, and Dr. Hart, the In-dian Agent, are in a very dangerous position. Open threats of burning or tearing down their offices and killing or maltreating them are daily made, and in one of the southern settlements, at a Sunday meeting, it was voted to raise a party to cut their throats.
It is further stated that some of the Danites have invaded the Courts, intimidated the Judge, and broken up the proceedings by force. There is no longer law or the forms of law in Utah.
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