The details of the Mountain Meadow massacre, one of the most atrocious crimes of modern years, are at last known. This bloody deed was commit-ted twenty years ago, and for a long time it was charged against the Indians. A large train of emigrants from Arkan-sas, on their way to California, were attacked at a point in Utah known as the Mountain Meadows, and all murdered in cold blood, excepting only a number of children who were yet so young that it was supposed they would not remem-ber the crime. There were those who never believed that the Indians alone were responsible for the massacre, but that they were either instigated to, or assisted in the awful butchery, by Mor-mons. Little by little this belief gained strength until it grew into a well founded suspicion, and finally evidence accumu-lated to warrant the arrest of one John D. Lee, a prominent Mormon. He was convicted, and after all efforts to save him, or to further delay his execution, had failed, he made a full confession in writing and placed it into the hands of one of his legal advisers. This offi-cer gave a representative of the New York Herald access to the confession, and the important points of it were published in that journal yes-terday. A synopsis appeared in our columns yesterday evening, and from it our readers have already learned the main details of this, the most cold blood-ed slaughter of the century. John D. Lee admits his own guilt, and at the same time criminates a score of men still liv-ing, many of whom are occupying prom-inent positions in Utah and other parts of the West. Lee states very distinctly that Brigham Young, the head of Mor-monism then as now, was fully cog-nizant of the commission of the crime, and that he approved it, and rewarded Lee and others for their part in it. The details of the atrocity are sufficient to curdle the blood in every heart not seared by crime. It is supposed that before this reaches the eyes of our read-ers John D. Lee has expiated his part in the work of death with his own life; but what of the others who are equally guilty? It is not to be believed for a moment that the execution of Lee will be the end of the affair. There is enough in his revelation to warrant the arrest of the Chief Mormon criminal, Brigham Young himself, and it would be an astonishing failure of justice if no effort were made to punish to the last de-gree every living fiend who participated, however remotely, or who had any criminal knowledge of, that most devil-ish of modern crimes—the wholesale, treacherous slaughter of the Arkansas emigrants at Mountain Meadow.
The crimes of the infamous Mollie Ma-guires of the anthracite coal fields pale into insignificance by the side of the horror detailed in Lee's confession. The way has been opened to bring to justice a number of the criminals. Will the Arkansas emigrants be avenged by the majesty of the law? Lee's execution will not suffice. Justice will not be done until the last one of the fiends is hunted down and brought to the gallows. A new and bloody chapter of Mormon-ism has been laid bare. Now is the time to wipe out the blot that has for years been a standing shame to our American civilization.
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