A MORMON STATE.
Some time has elapsed since the New York Sun made the discovery that a number of Mormons were emigrating to New Mexico with a view to settling portions of that Terri-tory, and in the election soon to take place of controlling the popular vote so as to form a Constitution in their own favor, and thus legally come under the protection of the United States as the ruling power in a new State. Though nothing more has been heard of the matter until within the last two or three days, the discovery and revelation created intense excitement among the natives of New Mexico, and, being thoroughly under the control of the priesthood, they were alarmed by the threatened danger to their peculiar institutions, should the power of the State pass into the hands of a class of people so different from themselves.
They accordingly made diligent inquiries, and, as it appears by recent advices, dis-covered the story to have its foundation in fact. Several settlements of Mormons have been established in two or three of the most fertile river valleys of New Mexico, the new comers having made themselves so much at home as to lay out a town or two, to erect numbers of very substantial houses, to dig irrigating ditches, and in various other ways to render themselves comfortable. The bands of Mormons consist solely of young, active, energetic men, who are willing and able to work as well as to vote. Investigations hav-ing been made by some leading men of New Mexico resulted in the discovery also that large numbers of Mormons were expected from Utah, and that the alarm given was by no means false.
No one need be informed that of late years the life of the Mormons in Utah has been un-pleasant, and is daily becoming more so. Utah would long since have been admitted as a State had not polygamy been an insuperable objection, over which Congress could not pass, and it now appears as if the Mormons were determined, by hook or crook, to gain their end, and if not able to attain it in Utah, to endeavor to compass it in New Mexico. It is stated, on good authority, and from excel-lent sources, that several years ago the project for an en masse emigration of the Mormons to Colorado or New Mexico was agitated in Salt Lake City, but was subsequently hushed up, on account of the lively opposi-tion the idea received from the Gentile press in the New Jerusalem.
On the whole, the prospects of credit to the country from the admission cither of Col-orado or New Mexico, do not appear very bright. This paper on last Monday contained a credible account of religious rites in the former Territory that, for intelligence, place it alongside of the most benighted portions of Spain or Mexico, while the irruption of Mor-mons into the latter is evidently intended to modify the formation of the State Constitution in such a manner as directly or indirecly to tol-erate Mormonism, and gain it a recognition, formal or otherwise, under the United States Constitution. If the disciples of Brigham have emigrated in the numbers asserted, they will have a controlling voice in the constitu-tional election, and will be able to form just such a Government as they desire.
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