From the St. Louis New Era, Oct. 22.
MORMONISM.—There has been a feud among the Mormons. When Joe Smith, the head impostor, was killed, there was a struggle for the ascendancy; Syd-ney Rigdon thought he ought to be the next in com-mand, but he was defeated and denounced. Emma Smith, the widow, seemed disposed to be the spiritu-al ruler, but her claims were not recognized; Win, Smith, the brother of Joe, set himself up as Patriarch, but the other Mormon leaders would not give him the control of their affairs. Brigham Young and the Council of Twelve then took upon themselves the spiritual and temporal government of the Mormons. They propose to remove all the saints beyond the Rocky Mountains, and there set up for themselves.
To this Wm. Smith, the pretended Patriarch, is violently opposed, and he resists it with all its power. He favors the plan of a dispersion of the Mormons and their settlement as other denominations through-out the country, but is in favor of an adherence to their religious absurdities and superstitious observan-ces. He thinks that if their religious and political embodiment in separate communities were abandon-ed, the violent opposition to them would cease, and they would enjoy more peace. He denounces Young and his adherents, and the feud between them seems to be very violent. The mass of the Mormons ap-pear to be disposed to adhere to Young and his party, as affording the best chance to carry out the objects and purposes of their fanatical association.
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