How the Death of Brigham Young Will Affect the Church.
The New York Tribune, in a special despatch from Salt Lake City, pub-lishes this paragraph:
The succession is at present a mat-ter of speculation. Undoubtedly the vacancy will be filled, but probably not until the October Conference, and after thorough consideration by an assembly composed of all the heads of the Church. No man will ever achieve the all-permeating and powerful influ-ence which Brigham Young wielded, because no one can have the same op-portunities; and while no imme-diate, and perhaps not any, fac-tional fight is probable, there will be less unity from the absence of Brigham Young's overmastering- will, and the democratic—as against the autocratic—spirit in the church will have more chance of development. It is this condition that gives the pro-gressive element in Utah, in or out of Mormon church, a lighter heart and a more hopeful feeling to-day than it has had before. The changes of the fu-ture will not come suddenly, however, but only as the result of growth. The Mormon body will soon grow a new head, and to all appearances everything will go on as before. But it will not be the same as before, as time will demonstrate."
The Salt Lake City correspondent of the New York Herald, in connection with the same subject, says:—
"The talk to-day is, "No more Youngs." Daniel H. Wells, Second Counsellor, and Lieutenant-General of the Nauvoo Legion, a man of experi-ence and a thorough fanatic, is far more capable, except for his imprudent temper, than either of the Youngs, but he is not in the race. George Q. Cannon, an adopted son of Brigham Young, one of the twelve apostles, and at present the illegal Delegate to Congress from Utah, is more popular, shrewd and cunning than any of his church associates, but lacks the facul-ty of domination. Mr. Cannon has for years been a favorite with Brigham Young. He was elect-ed for reasons similar to those which inspired the Prophet to send Mr. Hooper to Washington, and al- though he has not evinced exactly the same qualities by which the latter genial and persistent gentleman at-tained his ends, lie has succeeded in blinding the judgment of Congress-men who knew nothing of Utah, just as ho. has blindfolded the poor wretch-es who live in the outer settlements of his Territory. He is thoroughly a Mormon, bound up in Mormon fanat-icism, and though probably not a sin-cere believer in the extreme tenets of the Mormon faith, he would be pre-pared to go to any length to secure the high place emptied yesterday.
The Church naturally falls under the leadership of "The Twelve.” of whom John Taylor is the priest. The latter has a firm will and a strong fol-lowing, but is devoid of qualities es-sential if he would gain rulership. He is unlikely to succeed in an undertak-ing which Brigham Young formerly in his place accomplished by impu-dence and cajolery. It will be hard to convince the Mormon people, who for some months past have been hearing and reading the exposures of frauds practised upon them by Brigham Young and his unscrupulous cabal, that any member of that cabal has suddenly become what Brig-ham himself pretended to be—the special and only earthly deputy and revelator of the Most High. "The poor dupes believed that perhaps, of the chieftain who now lies dead in the Lion House. They can hardly trans-fer the belief at this time to another human creature. The absurd doc-trine of revelation, the wicked and senseless rites of the Endowment House, the sanctity of polygamy, fraud of celestial marriage, the slavish sub-mission of mind and will to the dicta-tion of a single tyrant—these have had their day. They will eventually cease to be.
A house divided against itself can-not stand and must fall. Divided in-deed the Mormon system is in various ways. During late years a power has risen which, though it was controlled by Brigham Young while he lived, now bids fair to assert itself. It is the financial, the mercantile and banking element of the Mormon community—an element selfish and prosperous—the leaders of which have long been secret-ly disgusted with Church mummeries, and will not be controlled by a fanati-cal priesthood."
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