Mormonism in Utah-
A Salt Lake correspondent of the New York Times writes of the following extraor-dinary case of Mormonism and persistence in it. A Miss Agnes Pack was a Miss Ag-nes Lowry, and her mother a Mrs. M'Millan. This mother employed six men to bring her home from her Mormon husband, as a daugh-ter under age:
On Friday the six aiders and abettors of Mrs. M'Millen, the mother, were examined before a military court of inquiry, at Camp Douglas, consisting of Col. Ellis, Captains Wallace and Black, and Lieutenant Silliman when some curious testimony was elicited.—George D. Grant, for the prosecution, stated that he asked the men who were arresting the mother what writ or authority they had, and one of them replied: "We are ordered here by Col. Evans; Agnes is underage, and we are going to have her, dead or alive."— The mother, on being closely cross-question-ed as to her authority for taking the volun-teers with her, replied: "I applied to the Governor to get some assistance to fetch my daughter away, and he told me to go to Gen. Connor, and he (Gen. Connor) would send with me such confidential men as were ne-cessary. I accordingly went to Gen. Con-nor, and he said that he was willing that the men should go, but they must go in citizens' clothes, and said that I might choose such confidential men as I desired. They went as citizens, and I received my orders from Gen. Connor, with permission to choose such men as would suit me, and such as were willing to go as volunteers."
It appears that Miss Agnes was a Mormon, and firm in the faith, and considering her-self competent to chose her own destiny, had been united to Mr. Ward E. Pack after the Mormon fashion, not being his only wife, but liking him none the less on that account.—The mother, having become sated with Mor-monism, withdrew to camp Douglas, and was determined to have her unwilling daugh-ter there too. This Mrs. Agnes would by no means consent to. Hence the attempt to ob-tain her by force.
On application of the mother, Judge Drake issued a writ of habeas corpus, commanding Mr. Pack to appear and show cause why he restrained Agnes of her liberty. It is stated that the writ was originally placed in the hands of a resident of Camp Douglas, for execution, who was unable to find Mr. Pack. The writ was then placed in the hands of United States Marshal Gibbs, who served it.
On Monday Judge Drake sat to hear the case. The writ was returned as follows: “I return this writ, the within named Agnes Lowry being now before the court, she being of lawful age, and the lawful wife of the within Ward Pack."
Witness proved the marriage according to the usage of the Territory. Agnes swore that she had never been restrained of her lib-erty, that she was 20 years of age the day before her marriage to Ward E. Pack, April 17th last, that she was lawfully married to him, and that she wished to remain with him.
The mother swore Agnes was but just turned of seventeen, though she, the moth-er, could not recollect the day, month, nor year of the girl's birth, nor could she tell the date of the birth of her other children.
On Tuesday Judge Drake gave his decis-ion, which was in substance as follows: "At the time of Mr. Pack being married to Ag-nes, he had another wife, and therefore Ag-nes, by the law of Congress, could not be his wife. A girl was a minor until the ex-treme term of twenty-one years. The pros-ecution did not claim that Agnes had attain-ed that majority. Therefore the custody and control of said Agnes belonged to her moth-er, her father being dead, and the Marshal was ordered to place the girl in such custo-dy.
The Marshal then gave Agnes into the cus-tody of her mother, but the girl was deter-mined not to stay there, and declared: I will die right here before I will go with her." Mr. Pack seeing she was determined to stick to him, whom she had chosen for her lord, offered her his arm, which she promptly ac-cepted, and the pair walked out of court amid the acclamation of the spectators.
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