A MORMON LEADER LOOSE IN INDIANA.
Elder Lee, one of the seventy saints of Utah, has been sojourning in Indiana a number of weeks. He is engaged in a secret mission, delegated by no less a saint than Brigham Young himself. We enjoyed the happiness of a short conversation with him while waiting for the train at the depot. He was introduced as one of the saints, and his appearance was not calculated to preposses one in favor of them. He was mean looking and shabbily dressed. His face was an odd mixture of cunning and ignorance, the effect of which was heightened by a disagreeable habit of looking behind him and glancing out of the corner of his eye. He wore an old pair of corduroy pantaloons, grievously soiled, and a world too wide for him. His coat had been green, but was faded and somewhat worn. A very large grease spot set off the back of it between the shoulders. He seemed to have a great deal of trouble with his handkerchiefs. He carried two-a brand new silk one, and one so torn that it would scarcely hold together. He was warm, and constantly essayed to wipe the perspiration off his manly brow, first get ting out the ragged handkerchief f r the purpose, then substituting for it the good one. It never occurred to him to put them in different pockets, so the funny routine of getting out the dilapadated one, and furtively secreting if was constantly repeated.
In talking he balanced himself first on one foot and then on the other, accompanying the see-saw with a clinging motion of his right arm. It transpired that he was a weaver by trade, which accounted for the peculiar gestures.
He prefaced every remark he made, even his replies, with the words, “suffice it to say," which made his conversation very absurd. For instance, when asked if Brigham Young had actually fled the country, he answered:
"No; suffice it to say, he did not go away but he has returned! Suffice it to say he is not the bad man he is represeneed to be. He is not a murderer. Suffice it to say when arrested he was not placed in confinement. Suffice it to say the force which arrested him expected opposition-expected resistance-but when they said Prophet Young, 'You are my prisoner,’ he said. ‘I am at your service, gentlemen.' Suffice it to say he took them by surpri e. They said, 'We will not take you with us; when we want you we will come for you.' Suffice it to say, was that the way to arrest a murderer? ‘ He is a great and good man and suffice it to say he will come out all right in the end."
"You are in full fellowship with the Mormons?" we asked.
"Suffice it to say I am. I am one of the Seventy."
"How many wives have you?" we ventured to inquire.
"Suffice it to say I have two."
"Do you like them both the same?"
"Precisely. Suffice it to say I can see no difference. They sire the best of friends. Suffice it to say they are sisters. I married the second one to please the first. We have seventeen children between us. Suffice it to say the last wife had twins, which gave her the odd number."
The man did not look able to support one wife, let alone two, and nearly a score of children; but we are told that he had plenty of money at his command. He was very illiterate, but what he lacked in knowl edge he made up in fanaticism; and he is considered one of the most successful proselyters of the Mormon faith.
It is his practice to strike out in the country and rural districts, where he finds numerous converts among the poor weak-minded and ignorant. Representing Utah as a land flowing with milk and honey-the modern Canaan, in fact-he furnishes the convert, if necessary, with means of transportation thither. It would make too long a chapter to chronicle his success with the fair sex. Suffice it to say, that each old maid and widow who espouses his faith is firmly persuaded that she will be "sealed" to him when she reaches the Happy Land of Saints.
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