Female Life among the Mormons.
By the Wife of a Mormon Elder. J. C. Derby, 119 Nassau-street. When we say that this is a very interesting story, skilfully put to-gether and told with a great amount of plausi-bility, carrying a kind of pseudo-look of truth upon its face for the larger portion of the reading public, we have, as it seems to us, said all which may be offered by an intelligent reviewer upon it. It is so very self-evident that it has never been written by the wife of any Mormon elder, but has been constructed by some ancient book-maker, who, being a master in his craft, and having such of the facts as were true—for, of course, many of the facts are true—placed within his hands, has arranged them into a tell-ing personal tale, that we are somewhat aston-ished to imagine that any of the readers of this volume are sufficiently impressed by its plausi-bility to believe in the probability of an identity between the shadowy authoress and a reality. Yet such is the case, and it has convinced us that the days of delusion have not so utterly passed from the public as we had felt inclined to believe. The Mormons are, undoubtedly, a race that Christians of every class are bound to ex-clude from their communion, yet some of the actions imputed to them in this volume, not vaguely, but coolly and circumstantially, are of a class which we confess ourselves incapable of believing them guilty of. Such is the incident detailed at pages 440 and 441, which we should be unwilling to believe of any who had ever tasted the benefits and softening nature of civi-lization. Nay, more ; if such acts have really been done or connived at by them, they must assuredly have come to the knowledge of our Government, and had this been the case, would have infallibly been put down with the strong hand. Unwilling as we may be to meddle with the rights of conscience, murder could not be permitted to rear its form so openly within the limits of the United States ; for murder, the de-liberately misleading emigrants, and turning them loose upon the desert to starve, most un-doubtedly is. Having expressed this opinion on the fidelity to facts of the book, we may recom-mend it to all who care for two or three hours of interesting reading without putting faith in what is placed before them under the assumed semblance of truth.
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