LATER FROM UTAH.
From Our Own Correspondent.
CAMP FLOYD, U. T., Aug. 17, 1859.
Some mohths ago a detachment of Company I, 10th Infantry, was ordered to put off the mili-tary reservation on Rush Valley, a Mormon by the name of Spencer, who had located himself upon the reserve without permission from the proper authority. This party Spencer attempted to re-gist in the execution of their duty, and, while he was in the act of drawing a revolver upon Lieut. Murry, he was knocked down by Sergeant Ralph Pike, with the but of his rifle. For this act, done in the execution of his orders, and for the protection of the life of his officer, Sergeant Pike was indicted before the U. S. District Court, now in session in Salt Lake City, Judge Sinclair presiding. It is probable that the Mormons only condescended to make use of the powers of the Federal Court for the purpose of getting the Sergeant into their power, for on the very day after his arrival, after leaving the Court-House, he was called by name by some one behind him, and before he could turn to defend himself, was shut down on the Main street of Salt Lake City. He lingered for a few days in great agony, and then died. He was buried at Camp Floyd yesterday evening, the whole army forming his funeral escort. No attempt or pre-tense, of attempt was made to arrest his murderer. Sergeant Pike was a young man, in the prime of life, not over twenty-five years of age, and one of the finest soldiers in the army. He was a native of New Hampshire. A brother of his was Sergeant-Major of the 9th Infantry during the Mexican war, and was killed in one of the battles in the Valley of Mexico.
As you may well conceive, the excitement occa-sioned in the ranks of the army here by the assas-sination of Sergeant Pike, and the knowledge that the deed has been committed with the most perfect impunity so far as any enforcement of the laws against the perpetrator is concerned, has been of the most intense character, and has already found vent in some acts of lawless violence. The night before last Cedar Fort, a Mormon settlement, about four miles from Camp Floyd, was attacked about mid-night by a small party of men, a haysek burned, and a continuous fire kept up against the setle-ment for fifteen or twenty minutes. No one was killed or seriously hurt, though it is said that one man had the skin on the back of his neck cut by a Minie ball. Last night a company of the 10th In-fantry was sent to Cedar Fort to protect it from violence. The attempt was not renewed in that direction, but a refreshment saloon, kept by a Mor-mon, in Fairfield, adjoining Camp Floyd, was set fire to and considerably damaged.
Some time since it was reported that a party of California emigrants, by the Northern route, had been attacked by a band of Bannack Indians, and several men and women killed. You will find in a recent number of The Valley Tan an affidavit of Messrs. Morgan and Alley relative to this matter, a very noticeable feature of which is the statement that one of the women said she was willing to swear that she was ravished by five white men be-fore she was shot This looks very much like Mor-mon complicity in the affair.
Under the admirable policy of the Buchanan Ad-ministration the Mormons are beyond the reach of both the civil and military powers of the Govern-ment in Utah, but swift retribution is sure to over-take the poor Indian for his offenses. Upon in-formation being received of the outrages above re-ferred to, Gov. Cumming at once made a requisi-tion upon Gen. Johnston for troops to be sent to look after the Indians supposed to be implicated. Company G, 2d Dragoons, under Lieut. Gay, was sent off at once, and that energetic and dashing young officer soon succeeded in coming upon the savages in Box-Elder Canon, near Ogden City, when quite a smart fight occurred, resulting in the defeat of the Indians with a loss of about twenty killed, while six of Lieut. Gay's men were wounded, two of them severely. The following additional troops have been dispatched to the seat of hostilities: One company 2d Dragoons under Lieuts. Gordon and Berry; one company 5th Infantry, under Capt Neill and Lieut. Bankhead, and one company 10th Infantry under Lieut. Cun-ningham.
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