The Mormon Exodus.
No dispassionate person, whatever his po-litical partialities, can fail to see that the va-rious enterprises undertaken by Mr. Buchan-an do not seem to prosper in his hands. He has meddled in nothing, suggested nothing, entered upon nothing, since he entered the White House, which has not ended in con-fusion worse confounded.
The latest news from Utah places the Ad-ministration in a position marked by a sin-gular mixture of farce and tragedy, and the whole story of the war is crowded by as much ignorance, stupidity and dishonesty, as any Government ever managed to get into the annals of a single year. An army was sent to chastise rebels, before it was clearly ascertained whether or not there were any rebels to chastise. It was sent forward in the Fall, just when it ought to have reached its destination, and was marching through snow over a howling wilderness, when it ought to have been in Winter quarters. Gov-ernor Cumming ought to have gone to Salt Lake City in Autumn. He goes in the Spring, and is received with all the honors—assumes the reins of authority without op-position, and writes home that the whole af-fair, like the Willett's Point business, is all a mistate, and that there is no war at all. The commander of the forces writes by the same mail, that Cumming is deceived, and that the Mormons are still hostile. The pub-lic is in suspense, and knows not which of two such authorities to believe, when the news comes, that there were no more Mor-mons left, either to fight us, or obey us, as they are abandoning our territory en masse, sooner than submit to our rule. "We have made a desert, and call it peace."
Whatever our opinions may be of Mor-mon morals and Mormon manners, there can be no question that this voluntary and even cheerful abandonment by 40,000 people of homes created by wonderful industry in the midst of trackless wastes, after years of handship and persecution, is something, from which no one who has a particle of sympa-thy with pluck, fortitude and constancy, can withhold his admiration. Right or wrong, sincerity thus attested is not a thing to be sneered at. When people abandon their homes, to plunge with women and children into a wilderness, to seek new settlements, they know not where, they give a higher proof of courage than if they fought for them.—[New York Times.
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