SANDWICH ISLAND MORMONISM.
A Bevy of Hawaiian Beauties Bound for Brigham's Harem.
[From the San Francisco Chronicle.]
Among the distinguished passengers by the Australeisa, was a prominent Mormon Bishop from the Sandwich Islands, accompanied by six wives, one of whom is white and the oth-ers pure Hawaiians. The venerable old saint may not be married to other than his white consort, but the others are his "Spiritual wives" in the Mormon sense, in trust for Brigham. The party left yesterday morning on the overland train, destined for the Valley of Zion. The Bishop traveled in good style on the boat, taking first-class cabin passage for his white wife and one of his spiritual loves, a young, charming and voluptuous Hawaiian. The others, young also, were in the steerage, but were occasionally visited by the saintly shepherd, who took the best care of his flock. There must be something crooked in this HEGIRA OF HAWAIIAN GIRLS TO SALT LAKE, as the law of the Sandwich Islands imposes severe penalties on any man who takes a Ha-waiian woman off the islands for a foreign country. The Hawaiian women have certain extraordinary attractions which fascinate White men, and more than once have promi-nent palefaces tried to abduct Hawaiian girls and take them to Australia or the United States. The captains of vessels, knowing the heavy damages they would have to pay if they carried a native girl off, have been very care-ful to comply with the law. How does it come, then, that a Mormon Bishop can take away five at a time? Has King David, our festive friend, turned Saint, or is he in league with "Brother" Brigham? Perhaps the "Lion of the Lord" has made a special requi-sition upon David to allow him to witness some
ere he kicks the bucket. In that case Brig-ham will be able to witness a chaste and aesthetic pleasure, which must add immensely to his moral fund. With all his wives, the fascinating and sensuous Amelia included, Brigham knows nothing about womankind, compared to what he will know when he has been a week or two under the magnetic in-fluence of the bevy of Mormon Kanaka women who are now en route for his domains. But, seriously speaking, "the prophet, seer and revelator will not be benefited by the con-tact. By this addition to Brigham's already plethoric stock, the harem will be more at-tractive to the venerable prophet than it ever has been before. But if he allows them to mingle with his other wives, brother Brig-ham will have the most demoralized house- hold on the American Continent.
MORMONISH ON THE SANDWICH ISLANDS.
There are about 2,000 Mormons on the Sand-wich Islands, most of whom are located on the Island of Oahu, where they have a splen-did settlement at a place called Laeia. Their plantation there is a model of perfection, their houses neat and clean. The presiding Bishop has a handsome house, built in the European style, as have some of the natives, but the architecture is less pretentious. Most of the natives, however, live in huts peculiar to the people. They have a church at Laeia, where the gospel is expounded according to Joseph Smith, and another at Honolulu on the same island. The Sandwich Island Mormons are not practical polygamists, on account of monogamic law, but the men believe in the doctrine, while the women, whether Mor-mons or not, believe in polyandry. Strange to say, the most illiterate white Mormon is able to preach in the Kanaka language after a residence of six months on the islands, while most of the other white missionaries, even the educated ones, never learn to speak it so as to preach. Whatever may be said against the Mormon emmissaries they are not lazy, but nearly all the others, except the Jesuits, are decidedly so. Mormonism, next to Catholi-cism, is the growing religion on the Sandwich Islands.
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