THREE GOVERNMENTS IN UTAH.
From a recent letter to the New York Times, from Salt Lake city, we extract the following:
There are three governments in Utah, each of which extends over the whole Territory, in form, if not in fact—the Territorial Government, organized by virtue of the or-ganic act of Congress; the government of the so-called State of Deseret, of which Brigham Young is Governor: and the government of the Church, of which Brigham Young is First President, the anointed of the Lord, and the supreme head.
The Church confines its control not to things eternal and celestial, but extends to all the relations of life and business; to family affairs, and to the fixing of the price of commodities for sale. Nothing is beneath its care, and nothing is above its power. This Church has larger and more positive powers than were ever claimed by the Church of Rome in the dark ages.
So far as relates to power, it has, by irrevocable revela-tion, been placed in the hand of one man, the Lord's an-ointed. The Territorial Government is a fiction; it is without vitality and power. None but Mormons are sent to the Legislature. If the Governor vetoes laws passed, the Legislature of the State of Deseret can pass them, and Gov. Young gives them his sanction, and they are laws for the State, when they failed to be so for the Territory. The laws of the State of Deseret are not published, but kept among the secret archives.
A Territorial Supreme Court was an inconvenient thing, until the ingenuity or inspiration of the anointed, aided by the flexible morality of a Democratic Governor, sur-mounted the inconvenience, when the shackles of the law fell from every man in the Territory. A court of para-mount jurisdiction, called the Probate Court, was estab-lished by Territorial legislation, and Congress has never interfered with it. The court and its juries can be trusted, and the Supreme Court is without business.
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