GREAT COMMOTION IN UTAH—PRESI-DENT GRANT'S VISIT.
All Utah was recently greatly excited by the visit of President GRANT to that Territory. In Salt Lake City the com-motion was very marked. There was a struggle between the Government offi-cials and the Mormons as to which should capture and entertain the President. The Governor and the other United States officials, however, having first received the intelligence that the President was coming, managed to be beforehand with the city government and the Church au-thorities. The latter, however, deter-mined not to be outdone, chartered a special car and went to Ogden to meet the President, carrying the great BRIG-HAM, one of his sons and four of his most beautiful daughters along with them. The Mormons had many misgiv-ings as to their reception by the Presi-dent and his party, and were quite ner-vous when they reached Ogden. The following extract from a letter to the Philadelphia Times tells the remainder of the story :
"At Ogden we met the Presidential party. Mr. Cannon, with the Mormon committee, paid their respects and offered to them the hospitality of the city, which was declined, President Grant having already accepted the Governor's invitation. Mr. Cannon then told the President that Brigham Young and the ladies would be pleased to see him, if it would not be an intrusion, and on the President's expressing a wish to meet us, Mr. Cannon returned to our car and escorted us through the com-mittee's car to the one occupied by the President. As he approached, General Grant met him on the platform, Brigham Young removed his hat and extended his hand, and as President Grant took it there went up a perfect shout from the crowd gathered at the depot, and the cheer was hearty and long. Mr. Young remarked to him that it was the first time that, he had ever seen a President of the United States. He then presented his daughters and the other ladies of his party, after which we passed into the Presidential car and met the ladies of that party. Mrs. Grant received us in her usual kind and affable manner. Mr. Young's daughter having expressed a fear that her father should fatigue himself, Mrs. Grant kindly offered the old gentleman a seat, and they chatted for half an hour or more, he pointing out places of interest as we passed, and giving her some accounts of the early times in the Territory. Mrs. Borie, with a young lady niece by her side, sat quietly observing the strange scene. Brigham, Jr., engaged Mr. Borie in conversation. One of Brigham's daughters was talking with Mrs. Fred. Grant, and it was a strange scene for one who appreciated the situation, those two beautiful women, whose lives had fallen in such widely different places, brought to-gether and conversing so pleasantly. President Grant stood on the platform be-tween Governor Emery and George Q. Cannon, taking in a full view of the country through which we were passing. Not wishing to intrude too long upon the favor extended we soon withdrew to the family car, and the influence of the pleas-ant interview with the President's party lingered, banishing many an anxious thought, for mis representation and ill-feeling, stirred up by politicians, had caused many a doubt of even the justice of the President. Arriving at Salt Lake Gity, we found carriages in waiting for the President and the committee. Brig-ham Young's private carriage was also in waiting, and by invitation I took a seat beside him, witn Brigham, Jr., and one of his daughters opposite me. We followed the carriages containing the President and family down Temple street. Here crowds of people were waiting to welcome him. All the children of the Mormon Sunday-schools were out, but not a cheer was heard. Amid perfect silence the party rode on, all the men removing their hats and the women and children-waving their handkerchiefs. Although they showed marked respect, it seemed a sadness was over all. At the point where Temple street is crossed by Main, the carriage of Mr. Young left the procession and pro-ceeded directly on, as Mr. Young's resi-dence is on that street. The President's party turned down Main street to the Walker House, where rooms had been en-gaged for them. It being Sunday even-ing there was no demonstration, and all passed off quietly.
"On Monday morning, directly after breakfast, the President, with Governor Emery, by invitation of the Mormons, visited the Tabernacle and other places of interest. Mrs. Grant and the ladies went out a little later with Mrs. Governor Emery also visiting various places of interest, in-cluding Camp Douglas. At 1 o'clock the President gave a public reception in the parlors of the Walker House to the people of Utah, The Mormons turned out in full force, and the President had ample oppor-tunity of seeing all classes. They felt that if the Governor had been exclusive, Presi-dent Grant was impartial, for he was par-ticular to show no favor to either party. Mrs. Grant looked particularly well, dressed in black velvet, with a white em-broidered crape overdress, Mrs. Fred was dressed in him, which suited her exactly. The President and Col. Fred were in black reception dress. Mr. and Mrs. Borie added to the entertainment by their presence, as did Governor Thayer, of Wyo-ming. At 2 o'clock the reception ended by the President leaving the parlor with Governor Emery, the ladies following. They soon reappeared, dressed for dinner in travelling costume, and left at 4 for the ears, stopping on the way at the house of Mr. Jennings, a wealthy Mormon citizen, to partake of his hospitality. On reach-ing the ears they found they had been beautifully dressed with evergreens and flowers. A large party of ladies and gentlemen went with them as far as Ogden, and, in parting, Mrs. Grant stood on the platform and gracefully acknowledged, by the waving of her handkerchief, the good wishes and smiles that followed her and her family. The Mormons feel that the President means no harm to them. I am glad the Mormons have seen the President, and that the President has seen Salt Lake and the Mormons. May much good be the result."
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