SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION.
INTERESTING FROM SALT LAKE.
We have received dates from Salt Lake City to August 17th. The news is of an in-teresting character.
MASS MEETING OF THE GENTILES.—The Valley Tan published an address and resolu-tions adopted at a mass meeting of the Gen-tiles, held at Fairfield, near Camp Floyd, re-cently. We extract the following:
We declare our full conviction, from all we have witnessed, that the Mormon people are no more loyal to the Constitution of the United States to-day than when they declared their independence of that Government, defied its powers, levied a military chest, organized their army, and fortified Echo Cañon.
They have murdered, and then robbed whole trains of emigrants, not sparing defenseless women and children, whose cries for mercy found no "Ear to hear, no heart to feel, and no arm to bring deliverance."
They have debauched, and then murdered helpless women.
They have taken the lives of American citi-zens by order of their priesthood.
They have made eunuchs under Church authority, and they still claim the right to con-tinue the diabolical practice.
They have incited the merciless savages to rob and murder unprotected people.
They have prevented the execution of the law by conferring criminal jurisdiction upon Courts of their own creation, in violation of the organic Act.
They have disfranchised American citizens from serving on juries.
They have refused to provide jails, or other means for the safe keeping of prisoners.
They have steadily refused to provide money to enable the Federal Courts to try and punish offenders.
They have in nearly every instance prevented the arrest of criminals, and when a few were arrested their officers have permitted them to escape.
They have inspired witnesses and jurors with fear, by threats of terrible meaning.
Witnesses have not dared to testify in Courts of justice, unless they could be protected by the army, and when that protection was afforded them, the Mormons, fearing that the truth would be made known, and their leaders punished, have falsely pretended that they were afraid of the soldiers, and that they were per-secuted on account of their religion.
They practice incest and polygamy in its most horrifying form, setting at defiance all the laws of consanguinity—instances being known of men high in their confidence having pretend-edly married the mother and her daughters, and cohabited with them at the same time; where they have thus married their half-sisters and nieces, and to justify this out-rageous practice, they denounce as prostitutes the women of the States, among whom are our mothers, our sisters, our daughters and our friends.
They have stolen large quantities of public property since their pretended treaty of peace with the United States.
They have made no restitution, nor in any way whatever accounted for the vast amount of property they have stolen or destroyed, and for none of the crimes we have enumerated have the perpetrators been brought to punish-ment, nor has the public accuser—appointed by the Federal Government—taken any of the necessary steps to do so.
The United States Marshal for the Territory has used every means within his power to make arrests where prosecutions have been set on foot by individuals, but the means placed at his disposal are found wholly inadequate.
We cannot too highly commend the exer-tions of the Federal Judges in their attempts to do their duty in executing the law, nor the action of General S. A. Johnston in affording protection to the civil authorties generally, but especially to the Court held at Provo; nor can we too deeply regret the action which the President has felt it his duty to take in depriv-ing the Courts of similar assistance in future, thereby extingishing all hope of maintaining the supremacy of the law; for if the law ever was, it certainly is not now "king" in Utah.
Resolved, The we hold the Mormon people responsible for the hlood of American citizens, so wantonly shed upon American soil, so long as the real perpetrators, aiders, and abettors are protected by them from the just penalties of the law.
Resolved, That polygamy is an abomination in the sight of God—a violation of the laws of nature tending to degenerate and sensualize our race—a crime punishable by law in every State in the Union, and should not be tolerated in the Territories.
Resolved, That a union of Church and State, and especially one making the latter subservient to the former, is incompatible with our republi-can institutions, and any attempt to establish such a union, being subversive of our rights, we will resist the same by all the means in our power.
Resolved, That in our opinion Congress has the power to secure us a republican form of Government, and we hereby call on that honor-able body to exercise that power.
We extract the following from the Deseret News, of August 17th:
INDIAN DIFFICULTIES.—We have been fur-nished, by Dr. Forney, with the following let-ters and affidavit relative to recent Indian dep-redations:
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, August 9, 1859.
E. SMITH, Editor of Deseret News—Sir: I re-turned this morning from a visit to Brigham City, sixty miles north, where I have been to ob-tain information in relation to the rumored mas-sacre of a portion or whole of an emigrant train, at or near the Goose Creek Mountains.
Last Monday evening I received an express from Judge Smith, of Brigham City, informing me that there were reasons for believing that a California emigrant train had been attacked, and a portion killed by the Indians.
I arrived at Brigham City last Saturday morn-ing, and during Saturday and Sunday succeeded in getting reliable information in addition to the information received here, by the inclosed state-ment of Messrs. Morgan and Aloy, that six men and one woman were killed, and six men, one woman and a little girl wounded, some of the men mortally.
The emigrants were attacked in a canon on Sublett's Cut Off, about fifteen miles from Raft river, Oregon State. The Indians are presumed to have taken the money and property indicated in the inclosed statement The Indians engaged in this terrible affair are Bannacks, of Oregon, and fifteen to twenty Shoshonees, belonging to several bands usually roaming in the vicinity of Willow creek, Brigham City, and Cache, Malad, and Bear river valleys, in the northern portion of my superintendency. A portion of the property taken was brought to the northern settlements by the Indians and attempted to be sold. None of the citizens purchased any, although offered for much less than worth. Several passing emi-grants bought portions of the property.
These bands of Indians, some of whose num-ber were engaged in the murder, left the north-ern part of the Territory two days before my arrival there.
Before I left the city I made a requisition, through Gov. Cumming to Gen. Johnston, for a small military force. A company of dragoons will be in, or near this city this evening, for the northern part of the Territory.
I will permit no person or persons to have any communication with those bands of Indians who harbor the guilty persons, until the guilty are given up for punishment. I will most certainly punish, to the utmost extremity of the law, all persons who shall sell, give, take or buy any-thing whatever from those bands of Shoshonees, until such as were engaged in the massacre are delivered up by the chiefs. Yours truly,
Sup't of Indian Affairs, Utah Territory.
BRIGHAM CITY, BOX ELDER COUNTY, U. T.
August 6, 1859.
J. FORNEY, Superintendent of Indian Affairs—Sir: At your request, I herewith transmit to you a statement of a report made to me by a Shosho-nee Indian, on the evening of July 30, concern-ing a massacre of some emigrants at or near the Goose Creek Mountains, Utah Territory, about the 24th of July last, by a party of Shosho-nee and Flathead Indians.
The Indian said two Flathead Indians went to the emigrants' camp to trade, and the emigrants killed both of the Indians, and immediately a party of twenty Shoshonees and Flatheads at-tacked the train and killed five men and one woman; that two men on horses made their es-cape, and that two women belonging to the train were not killed. He further stated that the In-dians took the animals belonging to the train, and such things belonging to the wagons as they pleased, and then fled with the spoils. The In-dian had a neatly executed daguerreotype like-ness of one man and three ladies in his posses-sion, which was gotten from the massacred com-pany, and which I bought of him for your in-spection. The animals were branded "S" on the left shoulder. Very respectfully, J. H. TIPPETTS.
DARING MURDER.—There was a most cool and daring murder committed in this city, on Thursday last, which caused some little excite-ment, more than either of the other homicides that have been committed within the city cor-poration since the new order of things has been introduced here. The circumstances, as reported, are as follows:
Sergeant Ralph Pike, Tenth Infantry, having been indicted by the Grand Jury in attendance upon the District Court, now in session, for an assault with intent to kill, committed upon the person of Howard Spencer, in Rush Valley, last March, a brief notice of which we published at the time, had come to the city from Camp Floyd, under a military guard of eight or ten soldiers, in command of Lieutenant Marshall, to answer to the indictment, and, instead of being taken into custody by the U. S. Marshal or committed to prison to await his trial like others accused of crimes, was permitted to go about the city in charge of some of the sol-diers of the guard.
About one P. M. on Thursday, while walking down East Temple Square, with three soldiers, he was met by a man near Townsend's Hotel, who spoke to him and then drew a pistol and shot him—the ball entering the right side at the twelfth rib, inflicting a mortal wound, of which he died about one o'clock on Monday morning.
MORE INDIAN DIFFICULTIES.—A company of dragoons from Camp Floyd, numbering about fifty men, under Lieutenant Gay, passed through this city on the 10th inst., for the pur-pose of protecting the emigrants on the North-ern route, and punishing the Indians for their recent outrage in that region, if they could be found.
On Sunday morning an express came in, on the way to General Johnston, with the intelli-gence that Lieutenant Gay was attacked by the Indians in Box Elder Canon, Friday evening, just as he was encamping for the night, who killed and wounded several men and killed and drove off some twenty horses. Yesterday (Tuesday) in the afternoon, another company, under command of Lieutenant Gordon, passed northward to support Lieutenant Gay, but there are strong suspicions that the rumor of the attack was all a hoax or greatly exaggera-ted, as from Dr. Forney's report the Indians had left that section of country several days before the alleged encounter.
To CALIFORNIA EMIGRANTS AND THE CITIZENS OF UTAH TERRITORY: The undersigned is in-formed that there are many persons at Salt Lake City, destined for California, who are in doubt as to the route they should take. He would in-form all such that, by direction of General Johnston, he has, within the past three months, explored and surveyed two new routes to Cali-fornia, either of which is about 300 miles shorter than the old Humboldt or St. Mary's river route; and, from all he can hear and has read, incom-parably better in respect to wood, water and grass. Indeed, by this route, the great Salt Lake desert is entirely avoided, except at few points.
The best route is that from Camp Floyd, through General Johnston's pass, and thence along the rim between the Great Salt Lake de-sert and the Sevier Lake desert, keeping gener-ally from 25 to 40 miles south of the General Johnston and Hasting's Pass road.
Mr. John Reese, of Genoa, and his son have just come over the route with me, and will be enabled and are ready to conduct any parties of emigrants or herds of animals which may be tending towards California. The young man will doubtless be in the city at the time this notice appears, and John Reese in the course of about twelve days, as soon as he returns from an expedition under the direction of Lieutenant J. L. K. Smith, Topographical Engineer, who has been charged by General Johnston with the duty of improving the direction of the road within the last one hundred miles, and establish-ing troughs at a particular spring.
The undersigned is confident that this route will be found from 25 to 50 per cent, better than the old Humboldt river route, and particularly fine for stock driving. It has also the advantage of being a later Fall and earlier Spring route.
He will, as soon as Lieutenant Smith returns, have an itinerary of the route prepared, setting forth the distances between the camping places, and where wood, grass and water can be found, and will send it to the papers of the Territory for publication. This itinerary it would be well for emigrants and others interested in the route to procure and keep. J. H. SIMPSON,
Capt. Corps Top’l Eng'rs.
CAMP FLOYD, U. T., August 7, 1850.
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah Territory,
August 6th, 1859.
David D. Morgan and Richard D. Alvy, citi-zens of Ogden City, Utah Territory, made the following statement to J. Forney, Superintend-ant Indian Affairs, in relation to the recent mas-sacre on Sublett's Cutoff, in the State of Ore-gon.
We returned this evening to this city, from Sub-lett's Cutoff. Three weeks ago last Wednes-day we left Brigham City for the Goose Creek Mountains, with butter, eggs and cheese to trade with emigrants. Shoshonee Indians came to our camp every day; they were quiet and peace-able, and did not molest us in any manner. These Indians belonged to Chief Po-ko-tella's band.
Sunday, July 31st, when on our way home, we met four men belonging to a large California train, near Raft river, on Sublett's Cutoff. One of the men asked us where we were going, and where from; we said home. They said you had better go home, for the Indians have been play-ing the devil; they have killed a whole train. When the whole train came up, they bought some butter and eggs from us. * * * They then told us that six men and one woman were killed, and six wounded by Indians.
It was expected that two of the wounded men would die that night. One woman was ravished, and she was willing to swear by five white men, and afterwards shot through the thigh. A little girl was also shot through the thigh, breaking the bone. The men told us that they assisted to bury four of the men, the other two and the woman had already been buried.
The men told us that the Indians took $1,700 from the wagons, and stripped them generally of every thing, and burned four wagons, drove away thirty horses and mules, and some cattle. The fight took place, June 24th, in a canon, about fifteen miles from Raft river, on Sublett's Cutoff, in the State of Oregon. We met a Mr. Smith, with a team, going to California, who told us that he had purchased from the Indians three oxen and two cows for twenty dollars; said he thought it was stolen property, and if he met the owners he would give up the cattle.
DAVID D. MORGAN.
RICHARD D. ALFY.
Witnesses—Jos . A. Gebow, A. Neeley Ar-menius.
Sworn to and subscribed before me at my of-fice in Brigham City, Box Elder county, U. T. August 7th, 1859. SAMUEL SMITH,
Probate Judge, B. E. C., U. T.
ESCAPED.—Deloss Gibson, who had been confined for some time in the jail of this county, accused of the crime of murder, made his escape on Thursday evening last.
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