A Split among the Mormons,
A portion of the Mormons have at last be-come disgusted with the proceedings of the Saints at Utah, and have taken steps to get rid of the tyranny of BRIGHAM YOUNG. A letter from a correspondent, which we publish in another column, gives an interesting account of the proceedings of the Mormon Conference just held at Amboy, in Illinois. The Mormon Church everywhere acknowledges the rightful authori-ty of young JOE SMITH, son of the founder of the sect ;—and steps have for some time been in progress to induce him to assume the Presi-dency. This has at last been accomplished. He has been inducted into office, and made an address on the occasion, which will be found at length in another column.
This new organization denounces the action of BRIGHAM YOUNG with great vehemence, as founded upon false doctrine, and calculated ut-terly to disgrace and ruin the new faith. It will be seen by young SMITH'S speech, that they have no sympathy with polygamy,—that they brand the practices of YOUNG and his followers as prompted by seducing spirits, and based on the doctrines of devils. It is proposed to send missionaries to Utah, to expound to the breth-ren the false and dangerous errors of faith and practice into which they have been be-trayed, and to induce them to abandon their present habits, and return to the primitive faith of the Mormon Church. It is believed that, with the prestige of young JOE SMITH'S name, they can make a decided impression upon the Saints in Utah, and overthrow the usurped arid abused authority of BRIGHAM YOUNG.
If they shall succeed in this endeavor, they may aid the Government in solving the diffi-cult problem of suppressing polygamy without interfering unduly with the alleged rights of the Territorial inhabitants. It is doubtful, however, whether YOUNG will surrender his position and power so easily, and whether his hold upon the people is not strong enough to render these movements abortive. The isolation in which the Utah Mormons live, the despotism which YOUNG has established over them, the fact that all their property is in his hands, and the ignorance of the great mass of them of any other head of the Church, will render it a very difficult task to undermine his authority, or persuade the mass of his followers to rebel against him. It is well understood, moreover, that he has five or six hundred Danites—reckless and perfectly unscrupulous ruffians—at his command, ready to commit any crime which he may direct, and disposed to crush summarily any authority which may dispute his own. If young SMITH has anything of his father's nerve and skill in dealing with men, he may carry this important revolution into effect. The attempt is, at all events, an interesting and important event.
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