LATEST NEWS FROM UTAH.
The War-Department has received dispatches from the Utah Expedition to 1st February. Colonel Johnston's letter is of such a character that it is deemed advisable not to permit a copy of it to be made for publication, although it is said that nothing of partic-ular interest has transpired since the last advices. The health of the officers and soldiers is represented as good.
COLONEL JOHNSTON'S VIEWS.
Colonel Johnston writes officially on the 20th January as follows: "My information respecting the conduct of the Mormons since is that their troops are organized to resist the establishment of a Territorial government by the United States, and in furtherance of that object they have erected works of defense in the mountain-passes and near Salt Lake City. Knowing how repugnant it would be to the policy or interest of the government to do any act that would force these people into unpleasant rela-tions with the Federal Government, I would, in conform-ity with the views also of the commanding General, on all proper occasions, have manifested in my intercourse with them a spirit of conciliation, but I do not believe that such consideration for them would be properly ap-preciated now, or rather would be wrongly interpreted; and in view of the treasonable temper and feeling now pervading the leaders and greater portion of the Mor-mons, I think that neither the honor nor dignity of the Government will allow of the slightest concession being made to them.
"They should be made to submit to the constitutional and legal demands of the Government unconditionally—an adjustment of existing difficulties on any other ba-sis would be nugatory.
"Their threat to oppose the march of the troops in the spring will not have the slightest influence in delay-ing it; and if they desire to join issue, I believe it is for the interest of the Government that they should have the opportunity."
AN EXPECTED MORMON ATTACK.
The correspondent of the St. Louis Leader writes: "On the 8th inst. we had quite a little excitement in the shape of an expected Mormon attack. Colonel Bee sent me out in charge of a small patrol early in the evening, to proceed up Black Fork and search the scrub and bluffs in the neighborhood for a Mormon camp, which was reported to have been seen by some individual, whom we hope to see some day soon properly rewarded for making such asses of us. It was very dark, no moon, and the pleasure of wading over sage brush and rocks, on a January night, among the Utah mountains, with a couple of feet of snow on the ground, must be tested to be appreciated. I went about fourteen miles or so at a rattling pace, saw nothing, found no fresh trails, and re-turned to camp, where I learned that two other larger parties under Lieutenant Deshler, 10th infantry, and Lieutenant Bennet, of the volunteer battalion, had start-ed immediately I had left camp; the former returned on the following day, after a fatiguing night march, but the latter was out five days, the men carrying rations for that time. It was pretty hard licks walking over these plains in deep snow and camping out at night with only a single blanket for bedding and tent. Many of the men were more or less severely frost-bitten. Their recon-noissance was also unable to discover the least trace of any enemy."
A BALL IN CAMP.
He adds: "While some of the army were thus rough-ing it out, another portion of it, the non-commissioned officers of the 10th, got up a ball and supper in their camp, and many of our sergeants, corporals, and men of the volunteers attended, how it went off I don't know, as, though I have a pretty fair appreciation of a really genuine absurdity, still the idea of a ball in this confound-ed region, without the faintest attempt at any thing al-most in the feminine line, was a leetle too rich. As far as I remember of what I heard, it ended in a perfectly free fight, involving the loss of the supper and the destruc-tion of the grub, etc., being the only return made to a large majority for the $5 which they paid for their tickets.
CAPTURE OF A SPY.
"On the day following a gentleman came into the camp at head-quarters in the most free-and-easy kind of way, perfectly affable and communicative, and all that sort of thing, stating that he was a persecuted individual who had escaped from Salt Lake City, and offering for sale butter, eggs, and milk, luxuries unheard of, and assum-ing the air and manner, as far as possible, of a friend to the States and the army, and a jolly good fellow into the bargain. His career in this part, for which nature never intended him, was cut short as summarily as there is every reason to hope his existence will soon be, though not by the intervention of a rope, but of Major Porter, Assistant Adjutant-General, and a file of men with un-pleasant revolvers ominously cocked. The interesting but misguided provider of the aforesaid dainties proved to be a notorious Mormon, called Cherokee Jim, alias Thomson, a regularly-commissioned 'destroying angel; in other words, a blood-thirsty, murderous fanatic, who, like the Thugs in India, offered human sacrifices to the object of his adoration. He was immediately accommo-dated with bracelets and anklets to match, and put into the guard-house of the Fifth regiment, in which appro-priate locality he still flourishes, and, it is to be antici-pated, will flourish until he can be tried. Strong sus-picion has arisen that the Mormons have spies, and good ones too, in our midst. Cherokee Jim asserts that they know every thing that passes, and I, for one, believe it."
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