War with the Mormons.
The victims of Mormon outrage and illegal violence, such as related in our columns on Monday last, are not found exclusively in the ranks of the church. We learn by con-versation with a gentleman recently arrived from Great Salt Lake City, that BRIGHAM YOUNG no longer makes even a feint of recog-nizing any authority save his own,—any law save his will. No usurping despot ever waved his sceptre more imperiously over the head of his subject vassals, than does the Mormon High Priest over his superstitious followers and all who come within the reach of his power. When our informant left Salt Lake City he was threatening to drive all Gentiles out of his "kingdom," and his minions were burning or leveling the houses and destroying the proper-ty even of those of his followers who dared al-low Gentiles to board with them, or who would not fully subscribe to and indorse the outrages committed by the more violent and abandoned of the Community "in the name of the Lord."
Thus it will be seen that Mormon theocracy has usurped unlimited dominion over a portion of United States Territory something like, a thousand square miles in extent! Within this region the rights of American citizenship and the protection of Republican Government and law have been annihilated. This is no theory, but absolute fact. The Constitution is not merely decried in stump speeches or pulpit harangues, but is practically abrogated and displaced by the code Mormon. The principle and essence of law were long since subverted through the agency of Mormon juries, spies and assassins; but now even the form of law is discarded, and its ministers are insulted, abused and defied.
In this condition of affairs the Government at Washington cannot hesitate as to the proper course to be pursued, The alternatives are simple;—they are either acquiescence in the Mormon interpretation of "Popular Sover-eignty," and submission to this blasting libel upon the American name, or the assertion of the Federal authority by whatever instrumen-talities are most certain to secure and maintain its supremacy. The case is an unfortunate one beyond doubt; but it is before us, and must be dealt with as it is. To evade it,—to postpone the issue because of the trouble it involves, is like hesitating about remedial measures at a time of pestilence, because of the unfortunate necessity for such measures. We do not doubt that the remedy in the present case must be reached through scenes of blood; but even that roust be met. It is no crusade against a re-ligious faith that we are called to enter upon—but a war against treason, murder, arson, and rapine, perpetrated against the lives and peace of American citizens, under the cloak of re-ligions bigotry and superstition. We are call-ed upon to vindicate the freedom of religious opinion in the face of a theocracy which prac-tically denies it, and prescribes degrading sub-mission to its own behests and professed teach-ings as the price of life, itself in a large district nominally covered by the American flag. It is not even proposed to suppress the "domes-tic institution" of Polygamy,—but only to maintain the supremacy of law, so as to protect American women from forcible, debauch or other penalty for rejecting the disgusting ad-vances of the hoary-headed wretches who up-hold BRIGHAM'S throne.
It behooves Mr. BUCHANAN to make no mis-calculation as to the means requisite for the subjection of the Salt Lake rebels. Half way measures will not accomplish it. They num-ber over one hundred thousand, are well sup-plied with arms and ammunition, and com-manded by a leader of uncommon energy, great cunning, and extraordinary power over his followers. All history teaches that re-ligious fanaticism is as inconsiderate and as bravely reckless of danger as it is intolerant and exacting. Under YOUNG'S tuition the Mormons have successfully emulated the fol-lowers of MAHOMET, and receive every word which falls from his lips as the breath of inspi-ration. Implicit obedience to him is their first article of religious faith. Even the foulest crime committed at his bidding is a work of grace and title to everlasting blessedness; while non-compliance as surely dooms the trembling votary to an eternity of misery. There is no half-way. YOUNG has declared over and over again in the very presence of Federal authority, that full, entire, unquestioning acceptance of “the Gospel," as he blasphemously denomi-nates the edicts of his impious will, is the only rule of faith. There must be no doubt, no dis-cussion,—nothing but instant and absolute sur-render of every power of mind, every prompt-ing of conscience, virtuous instinct and self-respect, to the "law of the Lord" as declared through his lips, and made to minister to the most debasing passions and to ambition for slavish rule.
To all this his wretched followers tamely submit. To suppose they yield without secret struggles at times, is to doubt their humanity; but the power of religious fanaticism is para-mount, and their superstitious dread of an eternity of woe through BRIGHAM'S agency, de-cides them to suffer anything in life which he may impose, looking forward to death for relief and the happiness which they no longer expect to find this side the grave. Thus we see ex-emplified here, upon Christian soil, though in still more degrading form, the tortures of Pagan idolaters, self imposed in the hope of eternal salvation. It is with such a people that we have now to deal—a people steeped in fanati-cism, enchained by superstition, and carefully schooled into bitter hate of the Government of the United States. It is idle to expect a peaceful solution of the problem before us, with these facts staring us in the face. Unless the lights of the past are delusive, and the effect of motives upon the mind of men differ at Great Salt Lake from similar influences elsewhere throughout the world's history, the new Governor of Utah will need at his back an armed force large enough to strike terror at once to the heart of Mormondom With this auxiliary, and with judicious efforts to assure the seceders from Mormon treason of protection, the leaders may be awed into submission; but if they raise the banner of rebellion and choose the sword, the work before the troops will be found no child's play.
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