SALT LAKE, Jan. 6, 1859.
One of the most serious questions that "the Government at Washington," or the people of the United States, (whichever in the present contest, may obtain the ascendancy,) have to solve, is what to do with Mormonism in Utah. The U. S. Judges Sinclair and Cradlebaugh are honest, honorable and patriotic, but they find themselves entirely thwarted in the performance of their duties by the Mormons. The U. S. Court is made a laughing stock, and is considered a farce. A majority of the Grand Jury are Mormons. They defy the laws, and regard their oaths no more than the idle wind. They have tor-mented the minority to such an extent that the latter prefer being committed to prison three months for contempt of court to serving a single week on the Jury.
An outrageous attempt to destroy the liberty of the Press had just been perpetrated by the Legis-ture of the Territory. The enterprising editor of a well-conducted little paper entitled the Valley Tan, published at Salt Lake City, succeeded in ob-taining a copy of the President's Message by special express in advance of his Mormon rivals. As a compliment he sent the paper, which was not large enough to admit a single paragraph more than the message, to the members of the Utah, or rather the Mormon Legislature. They read it, and then passed a resolution that the said Valley Tan was a scandalous and scurrilous paper, and should not be encouraged or permitted to enter their chamber. They also excluded the editor from the freedom of the house. It is said that the Danite, Hawks, the murderer and assassin, has warned the editor that he will kill him on the first opportunity that offers. Governor Cumming, it is reported, is given up to drink, and is completely under the in-fluence of the Mormons.
Another worthy functionary of the Government, with a salary of $250 per year and the fees of his office (a legal one), which, in the present state of suspended animation of the law, amount to noth-ing, and who, on the said salary is paying a high price for board in a Mormon family, answers the advertisement of the Quartermaster General, and proposes to enter into contract involving hundreds of thousands of dollars to supply the army with forage, at the rate of $6 per bushel for wheat, bar-ley and oats, delivered at Camp Floyd, and $8 at Fort Bridge! This governmental man of straw was acting as counsel for Brigham Young in two suits then pending, and is no doubt in league with the enemy in the Territory, and perhaps nearer home, to fleece his own Government, or starve the army out of Mormondom.
This people, in all their treasonable attitude, un-subdued and unfitted as they are, are relying upon promises of Senator Broderick to introduce and get through Congress a bill to admit Utah condi-tionally into the Confederacy of States ! Was it the object of the Hon. Senator's late visit here to make such a bargain ?
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