A MORMON ELDER KILLED—On the 13th ult., near Van Buren, Arkansas, Parley Par-ker Pratt, a prominent Mormon Elder, was killed by Mr. H. H. McLean, whose wife Pratt had seduced and carried off. Mrs. McLean was living happily with her husband and three children in California, when she became a convert to Mormonism, and eloped with Pratt to Salt Lake City, where she became his ninth wife. Mr. McLean sent his children to New Orleans to live with their grand parents, the parents of Mrs. McLean. She afterwards went there, and failing to convert her parents to Mormonism, pretended to have renounced the infamous creed, and so won back the con-fidence of her parents that they allowed her to take her children about the city; and she soon carried them off. Her parents wrote to Mr. McLean in San Francisco, and he at once came home and started in search of them.—He finally overtook them in the Cherokee country, with Pratt, had them arrested and brought back to Van Buren and tried; but they were discharged. Pratt at once mounted his horse and left. Mr. McLean procured a horse and started in pursuit, and overtaking Pratt about eight miles from the city, shot him, and he died in about two hours. Pratt was one of the greatest rascals among that great army of great rascals who inhabit Utah. It is reported of him that he has had a great number of wives—that two or three of them have mysteriously disappeared, and that he sold them to the Indians in exchange for a pair of horses! This selling of their super-fluous wives to the Indians for horses, furs and other merchandise, is said to be one of the means of "raising the wind" adopted by the Mormon elders.
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