From "Our New West," by Samuel Bowles.
After Brigham Young What?
I can discover no successor to Brigham Young. He has men of ability,—men of fanaticism and courage—around him ; able instruments for his will; but I see no "coming man" for his place; no one who can stand in his shoes, who can command such obedience among followers, such fear among outsiders, such serene victory over himself. Most of his wisest and ablest associates, men inspired with the tradi-tions of the church, and inspiring the faith of its members, are all old like him-self. They and he must soon die; and, if not before, there will enter in the elements of doubt and difference and disintegration in response to the elements of change and revolution and re-creation that follow the banners of civilization and of democracy everywhere. No Mormon will admit this perhaps; but it is truth by a diviner right than any that he possesses. Devout as a Mussulman, devoted as a Romanist, zealous as a Methodist, there is a higher truth than he has mastered,—the truth of re-volution in the interests of equality, of individuality and of woman's independ-ence. These are against him ; these will conquer him, pray he ever so sacredly, fight he ever so valiantly. Brigham Young, Louis Napoleon, the Sultan and the Pope are doomed by the same law. Slavery went down under it, polygamy will fol-low.
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