MORE MORMON TROUBLES.
Another outbreak of animosity, portending strife and conflict, which has been for some time in pro-gress in the vicinity of Nauvoo, seems at length to be approaching a crisis. We hope, however, that, as in similar cases heretofore, discretion may yet come to the aid of both of these turbulent parties, and the shedding of blood be again prevented. The following, compiled from the latest St. Louis papers, shows the then position of the belligerents as well as the origin of the present difficulties:
"The anti-Mormons were gathering, at the last accounts, at Carthage, and the Mormons and new citizens at Nauvoo were not inactive.
Gov. FORD has authorized Major JAS. R. PARKER, a mili-tia officer, to take command of such volunteers as may offer their services, free of cost to the State, to repel any attack on Nauvoo and defend that city; to arrest the rioters; to assist any peace officer in making arrests, and guard the prisoners from mob violence during their trial.
Major PARKER is at Nauvoo, with some two hundred men, and JOHN CARETS, who is a son of the former Governor of the State, is said to have a force at Carthage of four hundred men. Major PARKER has issued a proclamation, in pursuance of instructions from the Governor, calling on all good citizens to preserve the peace, and ordering the bodies of armed men which had assembled in various parts of the county to dis-perse. He also offers his services to any officer in the coun-ty to assist him in executing any lawful writs. A copy of this proclamation was forwarded to John Carlin, the sheriff of Hancock county. The bearers of it were shamefully maltreat-ed. The Sheriff replies to the Major as follows:
"As there is no illegal assemblage of men in this county, I take it for granted that your proclamation is directed to the people assembling under my orders as a posse comitatus. If such is the case, I have the honor to inform you that I am a legal officer; that some days ago writs were placed in my hands to be served on persons in Nauvoo; that I was resisted in said city by Wm. Pickett; that he told me that if I attempt-ed to take him he would kill me, in which he was sustained and encouraged by the crowd around him. The citizens are now assembling in large bodies to act as a posse, and I expect in a few days to have force sufficient to execute the warrants in my hands. So soon as I have sufficient force I shall at-tempt to discharge my duty, and do not acknowledge the au-thority of any person in the State to forbid me from doing that which every officer is commanded to do by the laws."
Major PARKER answers this letter of the Sheriff by avow-ing his willingness to aid aud assist him in executing any le- gal writ, and says:
"I understand that Pickett gave himself up to a Justice, and offered to give bail for his appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court, and that the Justice refused to take cogni-zance of the case, because no complaint had been filed against Pickett.
"I am also informed on the best authority that the intention of your posse is to execute certain writs, and set the Mor-mons over the river, which could be no part of the duty of a posse, under the command of a peace officer, legally called out at this time. You cannot expect that you can be permit-ted to enter this town with your posse at this time. In case you should make an attempt to do so, I shall be compelled to declare your posse a mob, and disperse them as such. After having issued my proclamation, and a reasonable time has elapsed for any armed bodies of men in the county to disperse and go to their homes, I shall be compelled to regard any large assemblage of armed men as an unlawful assemblage, and calculated to disturb the pence, of the county, and shall be compelled to treat them as such."
A correspondent of the St. Louis New Era, who was at Nauvoo and Warsaw on the 27th ultimo, communicates the following information:
"Should the Anties not abandon their project in three days, (which, by the by, they have not done,) Maj. Parker has promised a large company of Mormons the privilege of at-tacking them in their quarters, in Carthage, and effectually dis-persing them under legal pretence. The excitement among the Mormons is intense, and man to man seerils urged on to desperation. The new and old citizens of Nauvoo seem uni-ted in their purpose of defence, or, rather, the new citizens constitute the directing, and the old Mormon citizens the effecting power. The usurpers, it will be seen, seem deter-mined to make the usurped the defenders of the usurpation. They have about five hundred well disciplined men, the larger portion of whom can fire twenty rounds. I noticed some six or eight camps in Iowa, opposite the city, and numbers of Mormons lingering around, as if watching the forthcoming des tiny of their friends and only hopes.
“The Mormons cast three pieces of cannon this week, and have in toto five 6-pounders.
"The Anties have collected to the number of six hundred men in Carthage, have five pieces of artillery, observe minute military order, and appear determined to enter Nauvoo on Saturday next. Their numbers are increasing daily, and I think there is very little probability of any demonstration be- fore they gather one thousand.
"The destruction and defence of the temple are, to a great extent, the watchword of the parties.
"I am fully persuaded, from all that I see and learn of the Mormon action and feeling, that the temple is the essential nucleus around which all their troubles at the present time gather. Their opponents think, and justly too, that, destroy-ing this, their hope must fall, and, consequently, all contention cease; for never did Moslem to his Mecca turn with more de-light than these deluded souls do to their temple. But the destruction of a fabric so magnificent and noble would be alike cruel to genius, good taste, and the better dictates of refined usage.
"If any people ever have been necessitated to make and execute laws for themselves, without any superintending legal authority, the people of Hancock have; their Governor telling them one day to "fight it out," the next to do no violence. The reason he assigns for taking the initiative in the present state of affairs is, that hitherto the contest has been between Mormons and anti-Mormons; now between citizens and citizens."
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