THE MORMON DISTURBANCES.
The Quincy (Illinois) Whig of the 17th instant has the following in relation to the civil war which is now raging in the neighborhood of the Mormon settlements in the State of Illinois :
"We have some particulars of a Mormon disturbance in the northern part of this (Adams) county, in Lima precinct, known as the 'Morley Settlement.' Our particulars are not very full, and we give them as they come to us. It seems the Anti-Mormons in the settlement determined to hold a meeting and devise some means of ridding that section of thieves, believed to infest it. The meeting was accordingly held, and during its deliberations, as the story goes, a gun or guns were fired against or into the house in which it was held. These guns, it is alleged by the Anti-Mormons, were fired by the Mormons. The consequence was that the whole settlement took fire at once. Great exasperation prevailed against the brethren of Nauvoo, and in public meeting it was resolved to expel the obnoxious lovers of other people's pork, beef, honey, horses, &c. from the borders of Adams county. Last Thursday evening, we believe, was selected by the An-ties for the commencement of their operations, and we un-derstand they did assemble and actually proceeded to extrem-ities. In these assemblages the people were armed, and mani-fested a most determined spirit to carry into execution their threats against the Nauvooites. Such incidents as these are multiplying every day, to show that the Mormons, with their bigoted, selfish, illiberal notions, cannot live in quiet with or-dinary people; and it is not difficult to foretell what these differences will eventually result in.
"Something like twenty houses were burnt down, and the families compelled to take refuge in the bushes. These out-rages should be put a stop to at once ; if the Mormons have been guilty of crime, why punish them, but do not visit their sins upon defenceless women and children. This is as bad as the savages. It is feared that this rising against the Mor-mons is not confined to the 'Morley Settlement,' but that there is a general understanding among the Anties in the northern part of this and Hancock county to make a general sweep, burning and destroying the property of the Mormons wherever it can be found. If this is the case, there will be employment for the Executive of the State, and that soon.
"It is plain to be seen that the Mormon difficulties are just commencing. All that has gone before will not be a priming to that which is to come. The difficulties will never cease so long as the disturbing cause remains in the country."
The Editor of the St. Louis Republican writes as follows under date of
"WARSAW, SEPTEMBER 17.
"As far as I can ascertain, from a free conversation with persons engaged, there have been destroyed—including those burnt in the Morley Settlement—between seventy and one hundred houses. All have been swept in the Morley Pre-cinct, and between twenty and thirty ruins may be seen in a short ride in this vicinity. In many cases, the loss has not been great, but in deprivation imposed on the unhappy resi-dents it has been heavy.
"The TWELVE ELDERS, or principal men of the Mormons, have addressed a proposition to the Anties, which was re-ceived this evening, and which, I trust, may put a final end to this war. The Twelve propose that they will leave Nau-voo, and the county, next spring, provided hostilities are sus-pended, and the vexatious suits, which they charge the Anties to have instituted against them, are withdrawn, and they are allowed peaceably to dispose of their property and prepare for their removal. They have appointed a committee of five to correspond with a committee of an equal number on the part of the old settlers. This proposition is well received by many of the citizens of Warsaw, and if they do not reject it because of the language in which it is addressed to them, (they thinking it disrespectful,) it will most likely lead to a settlement, and to the removal of the Mormons from among them. It is very desirable that this should be the result."
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