Interesting News fro us Utah—Rumored De-feat of Gen. Harney by the Mormons— The News Discredited—Carson Valley Mormons Recalled.
Later news from Utah reaches us by way of California. An improbable rumor of the defeat of the United States troops by the Mormons, had reached Carson Valley. A letter from that local-ity, dated Sept. 10, gives the report as follows :
"Within the last week or ten days, there has been a great stir among the Mormons in this place and vi-cinity. Rumor has it that orders from Salt Lake, at the instance of BRIGHAM YOUNG, have been received, for aid in the approaching troubles at Salt Lake. True it is that the Latter-Day Saints are. almost unan-imously disposing of their property at a sacrifice, and will be ready to move in two weeks. It is supposed that about four hundred men with their families will answer the call. Guns, pistols and ammunition are selling at a premium.
It is also reported here that Gen. HARNEY, with 2500 troops, was met and driven back by the Mor-mons, with a loss of 600 men. The news is said to have reached here by special express, direct from Salt Lake within a day or two past."
The San Francisco Herald utterly discredits this intelligence. It says :
Leaving out of consideration the almost impossi-bility for HARNEY’S troops to have reached a point where such a conflict could have taken place, the General is a soldier too well tried and experienced to suffer himseif to be drawn into an ambuscade, or to be betrayed ; for under no other circumstance could such a result as reported have taken place. How-ever, these startling rumors have the effect of draw-ing attention to the present and future state of affairs in Utah."
The Sacramento Union, however, which first published the news, indorses its correspondent as a reliable person.
Immigration was coming rapidly into Salt Lake City at last advices. Mormon ranches and stock along the overland route of travel, were being dis-posed of at prices one-third their value, and the Mormons all through the Carson Valley are pre-paring to return to Utah, in obedience to the com-mands of BRIGHAM. They all deny that they are going back to fight the troops.
That the Mormons intend to show fight is pretty clearly evinced fey the tone of their leaders. In addition to the violent and inflammatory speeches of BRIGHAM himself, of which we have before given specimens, the Bishops have calculated the Mor-mon military strength, and give the results to the Saints for their edification. In the "Bowery," at Salt Lake City, on the 26th July, Bishop SMOOT, who had just returned from a visit to the frontier, spoke as follows:
"Several inquired of me how many men we could raise, able to go into the field and do good service. I told him that we were a weak, small people, and that I could not readily give a correct guess. 'Well, could you raise so many ?' Yes. 'So many ? Yes. ‘Well, how many do you suppose, at a rough guess, that you could raise, good, efficient war-riors ?’ I told them that I thought we could raise fifty or sixty thousand, more or less, but with me it was only a kind of rough guess. However, I spoke can-didly and believed all I said, and they also believe it. The Bishop added :
"The troops have some 700 very heavy freight wag-ons, destined for Great Salt Lake, with two tons and a half in each wagon. Those teams move very slow, and if they reach here before snow falls, I shall be a little disappointed, and I think it very probable that they will need some fresh cattle and some Yankee drivers to go out and help them in."
MORMON MOVEMENTS—SPICY SPEECHES, &c.
We make extracts from our files of the Deseret
News, showing the temper of the Mormon leaders:
MORMONS MUST BE READY TO LAY DOWN THEIR
President JOSEPH YOUNG made a speech in the Bowery, at Salt Lake, in which he said :
"I have heard Brother BRIGHAM say, and I indorse the sentiment, that every man and every woman who is not willing to lay down his or her mortal life for this gospel, cannot be saved. The Lord will bring us into a place where we shall be tried whether we are as willing to die as we are to live, and I know this is true, and if I have not gained that point, I have got to live so as to arrive at it on this side of the vail. There is a vail over us at present, but to some the vail is becoming thin, but it is not rent."
A CURSE UPON ONE OF THE DETRACTORS OF THE
President HEBER C. KIMBALL indulges in the following:
"There is a poor curse who has written the bigger part of those lies which have been printed in the States, and I curse him in the name of Israel's God and by the priesthood and authority of Jesus Christ, and the disease that is in him shall sap and dry up the fountain of life and eat him up. Some of you may think that he has not the disease allude I to, but he is from the crown of his head to the point of its beginning. That is the curse that shall come on that man ; it shall be so, and all Israel shall say, ‘Amen.' [The vast congregation of Saints said, ‘Amen.'] He is laying plans to destroy us, and is striving with his might to stir tip the Govern-ment of the United States and the President to send troops here to bring us into collision and destroy the pure people, man, woman and child. May God Almighty curse such men [voices all through the congregation, 'Amen,'] and women and every damned thing there is upon the earth that op-poses this people. I tell you I feel to curse them to-day. [VOICE—And they shall be cursed.] Yes, they will be, and the devil shall have full possession of every man and women that raises the tongue to sym-pathize with those poor curses. I ask no odds of them, no more than I do of the dirt I walk on, for if it was not there I could not walk upon it. Now, go home and sympathize, all of you who wish to.
I tell you that the most of this people are a God-blessed people, as Amasa says ; and you shall ever be blessed with your wives and children after you for-ever. And I bless you in the name of Israel's God, and you shall be blessed."
BRIGHAM YOUNG DEFENDED.
Patriarch JOHN YOUNG indorses BRIGHAM :
"I would like to have you tell of a time, if you can, when Brother BRIGHAM and Brother HEBER did not speak by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know you cannot do it, and yet there are men who are continu-ally whining because the First Presidency are so se-vere upon the workers of iniquity ; but I don't feel to take off the curses, but by the authority and power that I have and the priesthood that has been sealed upon me, I seal those curses Brother KIMBALL has pronounced upon the heads of the guilty."
[The congregation responded Amen.]
"I just know there are men here, right among us, who thirst for the blood of the Prophets of God, and there are those professing to be Saints who are foster-ing them in their hellish designs; but I pray my heav-enly Father to purge out these cursed characters from among us."
THE KEYS OF HEAVEN IN UTAH.
President KIMBALL, who is looked upon as a shining light in Mormondom, expresses this senti-ment :
"Here, in Great Salt Lake City, is the seat of Gov-ernment for the Church and Kingdom of God, per-taining to every person that has ever come into a pro-bation on this earth, whether they are now in taber-nacles upon this earth, or whether they are in the spirit world, or in hell. This is the place of deposit of all those keys pertaining to the salvation of the hu-man family, and there never will one soul of those spirits now in prison come out of that place, except the keys of the Kingdom of God that are now held in Great Salt Lake City open the door and let them out. They may peep and mutter, and may have revala-tions until doomsday, and may declare to all eternity thot JOSEPH SMITH is a false prophet, and that Brother BRIGHAM is a false prophet, and that his Church is false, and they will remain in hell until we let them out.
Brother BRIGHAM YOUNG holds those keys, and brother HEBER C. KIMBALL, and DANIEL H. WELLS and others, hold those keys in connection with brother BRIGHAM, and not one soul of you has any keys or power of salvation only what is in us, and that is one thing for you to learn. Those keys and powers were on JOSEPH SMITH when he was in the flesh, and before he departed he laid his hands on brother BRIG-HAM and brother HEBER and others, and conferred the Keys of salvation upon them, and we are here in the last dispensation of the Kingdom of God that per-tains to every man and woman on earth, in hell, and in the spirit world, and the redemption of not one individual soul will be obtained upon any other prin-ciple."
MORMONS IN A SMUT-MACHINE.
Elder GEO. A. SMITH says :
“The supposition is that the smut-machine is ahead, and that by and by every man and every wo-men who feel disposed to serve the Lord with all their hearts will have a chance to be tried whether they love the Lord or the things of this world the best, whether they love the things of the Most High God, or whether their religion is a mere form carried out to please their bishop, to satisfy their teachers, or whether they do give their hearts to the Lord and all their might, mind and strength."
A WORD TO THE LADIES.
President KIMBALL has a word to say to the fe-male Mormons:
"What, sustain a woman, a wife, in preference to sustaining the Prophet JOSEPH, Br. BRIGHAM and his brethren! Your religion is vain, when you take that course. Well, my wife may say,' if you will sustain BRIGHAM in preference to me, I will leave you.' I should reply, 'leave and be damned,' and that very quickly. That is a part of my religion,' leave quick-ly you poor snoop.'"
WHY THE FUSS ABOUT THE MORMONS ?
Bishop SMOOT explains the reason of opposi-tion :
“If you inquire of the candid man what is the mat ter, why all this fuss about the Latter-Day Saints ? he cannot give you a single reason. They do not know what the trouble is. I did not hear but one man endeavor to explain the cause of the uproar, and his reason was that Uncle Sam would not allow the archives of the nation to be burnt up by the 'Mor-mons ;’ that was the capital crime. Whether they really had been burned they did not know, but they supposed that they had, for some vague report had come to them that an officer of the Government had failed to get his documents and had returned to the States and told the people that Governor YOUNG had burnt them. That, I believe is all the charge that was urged in my hearing against the 'Mormons,' during my short stay in the lower world.
But they say that the time has come for "Mormon-ism" to be destroyed, right or wrong, and I could realize most forcibly the real cause of the whole trouble, which consists of the facts that Israel is united, and is about to build a temple to the name of their God. That has caused the devil to be up and on the march and to howl most lustily ; he gives forth some splendid howling." HOW THE SAINTS PRAY FOR SINNERS.
President JOSEPH YOUNG says:
"As Saints, we have assembled together with our wives and little ones, and we have plowed and sown, and raised our own bread, and our grain is increasing ; God Almighty has touched the soil, and has brooded over it as over the waters at the beginning. And lo ! no sooner have we obtained this land, planted our or-chards and gardens, than our enemies want to drive us again.
Pres. H. C. KIMBALL—Do you pray for them, Joseph ? Yes, I pray for them just as the Spirit dictates, which is something like the following: O Lord, bless all our brethren in the States, and every where else throughout the world, and bless all that bless them, and curse all our enemies and waste them away."
HOW THE MORMONS EMBLAZON THEIR BANNERS.
At a public celebration in the settlement at Ne-phi, banners were carried in procession with the following inscriptions:
"Twelve married ladies, motte, 'Zion shall in-crease,' led by H. BROWN. Twelve young men, motto, ‘Zion's Defence,' led by A. WOLF. Twelve young ladies, motto, 'Virtue of Zion,' led by J. CAZIER. Twenty-four little boys. 'The young lions seen in the vision,' led by Z. D. BAXTER. Twenty-four little girls, motto,'Our future hope to propagate.'"
On the same festive occasions the following toasts were offered, among others :
Editors John Taylor, Erastus Snow and George Q. Cannon—May the Snow storm blow, the Cannon roar and the Taylor cut, until the gain-sayers of Zion are silenced.
The Prophet Brigham—The greatest telegraphic conductor in the universe—a cable reaching from earth to heaven.
Brigham Young—First statesman in Israel; his governmental policy is only equaled by his judgment as God's Prophet.
The Mormon Leaders, their Union and their Peculiar Institutions—The first the outsiders couldn't imitate if they would ; the second they wouldn't if they could, the third they durst not for fear of their ladies.
A few things to be found in Deseret:—A glove for the hand of time, a nest of young eagles, a sprig from the tree of liberty growing from the seed, an antidote for every disease, an appetite for every thing that's good, a regulator of the morbid desire, a detector of bogus coin, a ferry across the River Styx.
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