THE MORMONS. We learn from the Quincy Whip that Mr. Backenstoss, the Sheriff of Hancock coun-ty, who was arrested at Nauvoo by General Hardin, and taken to Quincy, charged with the murder of Worrel and McBratney, was examined before Judge Purple, and held to bail for his appearance at the Hancock Cir-cuit Court in the sum of three thousand dol-lars. There are about twenty witnesses in the case. The Morman and the Anti-Morman witnesses swore in direct opposition to each other. In the same paper is the following state-ment in regard to the intentions of the Mormons as to their future residence: "Nootka, (or Vancouver Island,) on the Northwest coast of America, we have it from good authority, is to be the final desti-nation and home of the Mormon people.—This island is about three hundred miles long, and from seventy five to one hundred in width. It is separated from the main land by a long narrow strait, and lies between the forty-seventh or forty-eighth and the fif-ty-first and fifty-second degree of north lati-tude, extending along the coast in a north-west direction. The boundary line between the British and American possessions will probably pass across the island, by for the most part it is inhabited by Indians of not a warlike disposition. It is a long journey, but can be accomplished. If the Mormons do emigrate to that distant land they will be out of the reach of harm from white men." We understand from the same authority that companies are rapidly organizing at Nauvoo for an early start in the spring.—The church authorities and leading men will go out in a very large company, and without doubt the remainder will follow.—National Int.
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