MORMON TROUBLES.—That element of bar-barism and degradation within our bounda-ries, Mormonism, occasionally raises its defi-ant head in a way that bodes serious trouble between our Government and the infatuated people who look up to Brigham Young as their spiritual and temporal head. A tele-graphic dispatch from the Salt Lake City re-cently made known the mobbing of Mr. Wes-ton, editor of the Vedette, a fearless opponent of the abominable practices and corrupting influences of the system which goes by the name of Mormonism. He was warned of the consequences in case he continued his opposi-tion, but unintimidated he persevered in de-nouncing the crimes against Christianity, and the Mormons made good their threats of vengeance. It is to be hoped that our Gov-ernment will not look with indifference upon this outrage, which is but one of many simi-lar acts in disregard of the rights of its citi-zens. We do not advocate the sweeping of the unclean set into the waters of Salt Lake, but it is high time that the Government made its power known in that quarter, and showed its determination to see at least fair play be-tween a free press and free love. If this were faithfully done, even, we might hope that in time the advancing tide of civilization would wash this plague spot from the face of the earth.
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