From the Mormons.
WARSAW, Wednesday evening, Sept. 17.— The civil war now raging here, has assumed a violence of character and feeling, of which those who have not witnessed its manifestations, or heard the expressions of the parties, can form no just estimate. The anti-Mormons are firmly convinced that they and the Mormons cannot live in the same community:
This morning about four miles out, says the St Louis Republican, I passed the ruins of some four or five buildings, the residences of Mormons, which had been burned down on the day previous. Generally, the houses of Mormons were small log buildings, of but little intrinsic value: but some of the ruins were of the better class of large log houses.
A mile or so further on, I witnessed the process of destroying the houses. The anti-Mormons have resolved to burn down all their dwellings, but at the same time manifest a proper anxiety not to inflict injury upon the sick, and not to destroy any moveable property, or any of the grain or crops. On arriving at Stringtown—a number of Mormon residences being built along the road, each having attached to it a small farm—in front of one of these buildings were about twenty men on horseback, drawn up. Within, the family, consisting of the parent and a number of daughters and sons, from about eighteen years down, assisted and urged on by two or three of the armed posse, were carrying and throwing out every moveable thing. The family were working with great assiduity and industry, and it was painful beyond conception to witness them toiling thus to prepare their own house for the sacrifice. At length, every thing was removed, a fire kindled, and in ten minutes the flames danced over the labor of months. In this way, the party served six or seven—of the number, a handsome frame house.
As far as I can ascertain, from a free conversation with persons engaged, there have been destroyed—including those burned in the Morley Settlement, between 70 and 100 houses.
The Twelve Elders, or principal men of the Mormons, have addressed a proposition to the Anties, proposing to leave Nauvoo and the county next spring, provided hostilities are suspended, and the vexatious suits which they charge the Anties to have instituted against them, are withdrawn, and they are allowed peaceably to dispose of their property, and prepare for their removal. They have appointed a committee of five, to correspond with a committee of an equal number on the part of the old settlers.
An extra Illinois State Register of Sunday, Sept 21, furnishes the latest news from Hancock, the scene of the anti-Mormon outrages, as follows:—
Buckenstos had been driven away from Carthage, and returned with about 500 men to remove his family; on his retreat, he fell in with a large body of anti-Mormons, when a battle ensued: It is said that eighteen anti-Mormons and three Mormons were killed.— Williams, Sharpe, Davis and other leaders escaped. A large number of the anti-Mormons were taken prisoners, and are now confined and guarded at the court house at Carthage.
The people had all fled from Carthage, Augusta, and other anti-Mormon towns; and carried their families into the counties of Adams, Marquette, Schuyler and McDonougn, and are beating up for volunteers in those counties, to recruit their forces, with which to renew the war.
Before the news arrived the governor had issued a call for five hundred men to quell the disturbances.
No letters had been received at this place from any of the Mormon party since the commencement of these troubles, except one from a very obscure man in Nauvoo. No messenger has arrived from all that section of country until to-day, when a committee arrived from Mount Sterling."
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