[From files of the Deseret News to July 26, six weeks later than previous advices.]
On the 16th of June, the workmen began at the southeast corner to lay the foundation for the Temple Block, in Salt Lake City. It is to be of stone, two hundred and forty feet square.
The News says it is quite probable that the richest product of Green River county will be the coal from the extensive, rich, and thick coal beds of Bitter creek, unavailable at present, merely from the lack of facilities for transportation to our set-tlement.
PEACE WITH THE INDIANS—PROSPERITY.—The Deseret News says: Our red neighbors remain friendly towards the whites; but there are rumers of slight disturbances, and one or two small fights between the Green River Snakes and the Uinta Utahs.
All kinds of vegetation is growing rapidly, and give indication of an abundant harvest. The wheat especially looks unusually well.
A correspondent writing from Manti, July 5, says: On the 4th instant, Walker and his band all left with friendly feeling; we gave them two fat cattle and a quantity of flour. About the first of June last, some Indians came in and reported that the two Spaniards which Fremont sent back for some cached articles had been killed. They said that soon after the Spaniards took out the articles, some Indians rushed upon them, killed them and took the property, scattering the contents of the mail sacks, and destroying the surveying instru-ments.
I have not been able to learn what Indians com-mitted this outrage. "All's well," and Manti will soon become a beautiful and populous city; and a good portion of the coming emigration would do well to settle in Sanpete valley, where they will find timber and fuel in abundance and easy of access, water plenty, and soil and grazing excel-lent.
Harmony, about three hundred miles south of Great Salt Lake City, is the extreme southern set-tlement of the Mormons. The News says: The southern settlements are reported to be full of in-dustry, energy, and enterprise in farming, build-ing, and various other useful avocations, and rejoicing in the midst of prosperity, in peace, general health, and union.
The wheat fields of Utah are very extensive this year, and promise a most abundant harvest.
AID FOR THE NEW CONVERTS.—Brigham Young has called upon the heads of families to send out teams and supplies for the brethren on the road, and to receive them and give them employment and food until the harvest of 1855. The News states that goods to the value of one million dollars are on the road from Missouri to Deseret.
JOHN SMITH TO BE PATRIARCH.—At a meeting of the Saints on the 28th of June, missionaries were appointed to many distant lands, and John Smith, the eldest son of Hiram Smith, was voted to be ordained the Patriarch over the whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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