All Ambitious Mormon Dream.
Boston Traveller Salt Lake Letter.
We reached the "Co'op" as it is called for short, with the sign of the eye and the letters Z. C. M. A.—Zion's Co-operative Merchantable Associa-tion—and entered. The building is a large, three- storied brick edifice, with an iron front. It covers 100 feet by 250, but is not large enough to accom-modate the whole city business. It has hydraulic elevators and all such modern improvements. It is divided into departments for every kind of goods, from steam-engines to Clark's spool cotton. The concern is flourishing, and in connection with its branches throughout the territory averages over $3,000,000 annually. The company own four factories in neighboring towns and manufacture much of their stuffs, blankets, chint-zes and the like being made in great numbers. The bulk of the goods come from the East. Our guide, a courte-ous gentleman, one of the leaders of Mormondom, took us to the private office and entered into a very interest-ing conversations on local and nation-al questions. He ran his finger over a map of our Western country drawing in careless yet meaning strokes the course of the Utah South-ern road down one or two hundred miles below the city, then turning west he measured across the Sierras to the western coast. He also united his southern point with an eastern pros-pectus to connect with the Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge. Then, looking up archly, started from Portland, Or., and as the artist sketches by a few bold lines, he shaped a road to connect with the Utah Northern, which now runs two hundred miles up into Idaho. "You see this horseshoe," he said; ''Port-land curves east to Salt Lake City, thence curves west to San Francisco." We caught his idea, but he added form to the sketch, "Mormonism must have Idaho, Nevada and may be Colorado." He meant the Pacific slope. No doubt southern connection with Denver will be made very soon, and another road to the Pacific will do no harm, but this leader will be little power among the people who will ul-timately occupy this section. He was a politic gentleman, said he always had opposed polygamy, not as a church doctrine but because as a practice it was offensive to the majority of the nation. Really, however, because he wanted Utah to become Deseret.
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