Opinion of the London Times Concerning the Pro-posed Circular on the Subject.
By Telegraph to the Record.
LONDON, Aug. 12.—The Times, in a leading editorial article to-day, dis-cussing the reported impending circu-lar from the United States, on Mormon immigration says, the suggestion that the European governments should exert their influence, to prevent con-tinued accessions to the de-luded adherents of Mormon-ism, is easily made, but as soon as we examine it we are confronted with new difficulties which would apparently impede its adoption. No European government can be otherwise than desirous that the gross superstition should be speedi-ly dissipated, but we do not see any way to direct interference, though emigration commissioners might dis-tribute tracts at the outposts. Furthermore, if the United States should determine to forbid the landing of Mormon proselytes, it would be necessary for them to declare the pro-fession of Mormonism to be an offense in itself and to institute a kind of in-quisition into the religious opinions of immigrants. It is scarcely conceivable that legislation should go this length, yet such measures would alone be efficacious. Whatever may be done by Congress the British parlia-ment would never give the executive power to interfere with Mormon emi-grants. When the suggestions of the United States are before us in detail they may modify the impression pro-duced by the telegram. At present we see many difficulties, and owners of trans-Atlantic lines may suggest others. Their obligations as public carriers may constrain them to take all passengers who offer themselves.
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