THE MORMONS IN UTAH. The official re-port of the United States Judges in the territo-ry of Utah, as made to the President, has been published. Mr Bernheisel, the delegate from Utah, protested, in the House yesterday, against this publication, before the document had been communicated to Congress, and he asked for a suspension of public opinion, and of legislative and executive action, in regard to its contents. He said it was a report extra-ordinary in its details of high crimes and mis-demeanors, and calculated if not intended to prejudice and render odious a distant and de-pendant people, and to involve them in inex-plicable difficulties with the General Govern-ment.
The report occupies three columns in the New York Herald, and is signed by Chief Justice Brandebury, Judge Brocchus, and Secretary Harris. It confirms many of the unofficial re-ports we have already published, adverse to the Mormons. The hostile and seditious sen-timents manifested by Governor Brigham Young, are assigned as reasons for the with-drawal of the Judicial officers of the Territory. The report explains at great length the relig-ious organization and powers of the Mormons; and enters into a detail of sundry malpractices of Governor Young and his followers. The Government of the United States is, according to the report, shamefully spoken of and ill-treated; the officers sent out for the government of the Territory were refused a hearing; and Governor Young indulged in sundry maledic-tions upon the memory of Gen Taylor. These reports have already been noticed.
In regard to the charge against Governor Young of anathemathizing General Taylor, the report says:
In reply to the remarks made by one of the undersigned upon the subject, before a large audience, the Governor reiterated and declared, "I did say that Gen Taylor was dead and in hell, and I know it!" A man in the crowd, seemingly to give the Governor an opportunity of fixing its truth, spoke out and said, "How do you know it?"—to which the Governor promptly answered, "Because God told me so." An elder in the church, laying his hand upon the shoulder of one of the undersigned, added: "Yes, Judge, and you'll know it, too, for you'll see him when you get there."
A very comforting assurance lo the Judge, certainly !
The report proceeds to comment upon the prevalence of polygamy in the Territory. Plu-rality of wives is openly avowed and practised, under the sanction and in obedience to the di-rect command of the Church. So universal is this practice that very few, if any, leading men in the community can be found who have not more than one wife each—a practice, which, says the report with infinite naivete, "creates a monopoly, and which was peculiarly hard upon the officers sent to reside there." The promi-nent men in the church, whose example in all things it is the ambition of the more humble to imitate, are said to have each many wives, some of them as many as twenty or thirty, and Brigham Young, the Governor, even a greater number. Indeed the latter gentleman is oblig-ed to employ an omnibus when he wishes to take a drive with his wives. The evil can never be made a statutary offence by a Mormon Legislature; and if a crime at common law, the Court would be powerless, with Mormon ju-ries.
The Report states the following facts in re-gard to the system of oppression exercised to-wards the "Gentiles," as the Mormons desig-nate all, who do not belong to their sect:
The city of Great Salt Lake is an important point in the overland route lo Oregon and Cal-ifornia, for the emigrant to replenish his stores or to winter if overtaken by the advance of the season; but the intimidation which is produced by the denunciations and conduct of the Mor-mon church and people upon citizens of the United Slates passing through or engaged in business there, is such as to induce the emi-grant to avoid it, if possible, and the resident to submit, without a murmur. No man dare open his mouth in opposition to their lawless exactions, without feeling its effects upon his liberty, his business, or his life. And thus, upon the soil of the United States, and under the broad folds of its stars and stripes, which protect him in his rights in every part of the civilized world, there is a spot where the citi-zen dare not exercise the liberty of a freeman. We were told that many of the "Gentiles" (as all are called who are not members of the Mor-mon church, and have only one wife) have been sentenced, for trivial offences, to two, five, and ten years of labor upon the public highways, with ball and chain to their legs, with no shelter at night but caverns dug in the earth with their own hands. We have seen one of these highways, cut out of the side of a mountain, and the caverns far down at the base; but the approach of the federal officers, we were told, was the signal for the release and banishment of these convicts from the territory into Texas.
In view of all these circumstances the Jus-tices by whom the present document is indited, deemed it proper to withdraw. They submit their case to the President for consideration. Their report contains matter for the serious investigation of Congress; and we trust that speedy justice will be done to all parties. In the mean time it should be remembered that the Utah delegate in Congress claims a sus-pension of public opinion.
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