Important Movements—Message of Gov. Cumming—Army News.
From Our Own Correspondent.
CAMP FLOYD, U. T., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1859.
There is evidently some movement of import-ance under consideration among the Saints ; the im-maculate BRIGHAM and his satellites constantly enjoin the brethren “to mind their own business,” and "do as they are told." These are ominous in-junctions to those acquainted with Mormon polity. The Deseret News and Mountaineer have been for some weeks advising all the settlements to organize themselves into military companies, and procure abundant supply of arms and ammunition; it is ren-dered pretty certain that something is expected to turn up soon. The settlements are even advised to provide themselves with cannon, and Mormon organs state that several of them have already done so; they do this under color that it is necessary to protect them against Indians. Truly, it will be a new episode in In-dian warfare when cannon are introduced. I doubt much whether Gen. HARNEY, with all his energy, could drag one of the big guns fast enough to shoot even a squaw, especially if he was chasing one of these mountain tribes. The question may arise, where do they get their cannon? for it is not gen-erally known that the Church imported to the Terri-tory last Summer ten pieces of artillery and about two hundred Sharpe's rifles, yet such is the fact; they arrived at Zion some time in August last, and the Government has been officially advised of the fact, and the affidavit of one who not only saw these cannon, but also the bill of sale, footing up more than a million dollars, has been forwarded to Washington. What movement these preparations foreshadow, it is almost impossible to conjecture, but it certainly cannot be that they intend again waging war against the United States: they will not gratify the army here that much. The most plau-sible explanation that offers is, that they are prepar-ing themselves in case the United States should change their hitherto lenient and forbearing policy toward them, to quit the country, commence fillibus-tering, and take by conquest some one of the islands adjacent to the United States, and there establish a new den, under a government framed to suit their own peculiar views. If this really is their intention, and they carry it out, allow me to predict that in less than ten years they will be seven times more trouble-some than the Algerine Pirates ever were.
Col. STAMBAUGH, the newly-appointed Surveyor-Gen-eral, has distinguished himself since his arrival by a species of diplomacy peculiarly worthy of his Penn-sylvania origin, I suppose when he received his ap-pointment he concluded that he was to be sent forth as a sheep among the wolves, and prudence dictated that he should be as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. And, ever on the qui vive for the loaves and fishes, he adopted, on his arrival, a Janus-faced pol-icy that flattered him with the hope not only of the feast, but also of the twelve baskets full that re-mained. To the Gentiles he was most bitter in his denunciations of the Mormons, and took the trouble to carefully read their statutes, and mark those most repugnant; and when an army officer would go to the city, he would closet him and exhibit his marks, and read the notes he had written thereon; and for hours he would entertain them in talking about what terrible things he would do to put an end to Mormon monstrosities; but at the same time he cultivated the most intimate social relations with the Mormons, and it has leaked out that by the last mail he wrote to the President, informing him that "the Mormons are the most law-abiding and constitutional people he ever saw." The induce-ment to write such a letter is said to be the promise of the brethren that, if he would make the proper representations at Washington, and procure the ad-mission of Utah into the Union as a State, he should be their first Senator in Congress. It is also stated—apparently on good authority—that like honors await Gov. CUMMING in that event. Echo replies: "Fit representatives for such a people!" On Col. STAM-BAUGH'S arrival at the city, several of the army offi-cers, with their usual hospitality, invited him to visit them at their camp, but, since he has acted so badly every one of them, so far as I know, has withdrawn the invitation, and expressed a desire that all com-munication shall cease. RICHARD.
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