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(Copyright 1911 by Goodwin's Weekly) lsflt 1
VOL. XX SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, FEBRUARY 24, 1912. Wi. )Q H
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' C. C. GOODWIN Editor
The Chief Of Dastard Journals
THE News says it opposed the American ad
ministration because it was anti-Mormon.
'" , Of course the News lies when it says that.
It cannot point to an act of administration during
its six years of power that was anti-Mormon; to
an injustice done any Mormon, to any discrim-
' Jnation against any Mormon.
What the News wants those who can read be
tween its crooked lines to believe that it opposed,
that administration because it was not Mormon;
rthat it gave the city a government whicluvjasnot
' .a theocratic government; that it did not loolgto
t the chief priests of the Mormon church for in
struction, what ordinances to pass, what to ig
nore; that it was really an American .government.
Hence, from almost the first day of that ad
ministration the News pursued it with falsehood
that made the father of lies down in liis sulphur
ous kingdom green with envy, anil" for six years
pursued a warfare of defamation unparalleled
in any civilized country.
It is an old story now, but it is necessary,
lest people forget, to repeat it from time to time.
' For months before Mayor Morris' term expired
; there were no restraints on any vice or crime in
J the city. Gambling houses were open and unre
strained, on all the streets in .the business dls
l - trict: there was nothing to prevent minors from
i frequenting the saloons which crowded the streets.
The under-world which had grown up and as-
sumed vast proportions when the city was under
p the direct control of the priesthood, was prominent
a everywhere and its denizens plied their vocation
"' openly and without restraint; the police com
f . posed in great part of thugs, were either indiffer
ent to the crimes being perpetrated, or impotent
to combat them, hold-ups were common
I nightly, and people by thousands in despair and
disgust were removing from the city.
In a single year after the American party took
hold there was a transformation.
f So far as possible, gambling was abolished,
- the saloons placed under restraint and' the worst
ones abolished; the underworld was relegated to
its own province, an effective police force cleared
the city of its baser elements, and the city took
, on such progress as it had never known before.
But from the first the News assumed that
prior to the advent of the American party the
city was under perfect-government, bat that it
had immediately, upon the coming of American
f. rule, been turned over to the indiscriminate 11-
j, censo of outcasts and placed under the rule of
thieves. It knew it was shamefully lying from
the first day, and it would be a safe wager that
no newspaper that ever existed told one-one-hun-dreth
of the lies that were printed in the News
during the next six years.
It would be safe to make the same wager that
no Mormon member of the commission, no Mor
mon nor jack-Mormon member can do anything
in the coming two years that can provoke one
criticism of the News, any more than could the
thievery, the thugging and the spoliation that
were practiced here during the first forty years
ot Mormon rule in the city,- when blood atoners
made up a majority of the police and when all
the revenue of the city was so spent that there
cannot be one public improvement pointed to as
a monument to that long reign of incompetence,
cruelty and crime.
What Is Truth
IT IS a general rule that when a man of that
particular class who has lived by ministering
to men's vices, experiences a change of heart,
and embraces religion, his embrace is intense,
like that of a tamed grizzly, and he not infre
quently becomes a preacher or exhorter of the
most fanatical school. His desire to convert
others is often so overpowering that it goes be
yond all appeals to men's reasons or fears and
would, if possible, force them to be good by stat
utes. . We may think that such a man is over zealous
but none of us have a right to doubt such a man's
sincerity, unless he, himself, supplies a reason
for such doubt.
But when such a man is given an office which
places the lower world in his care, and he puts
out the man who, for a long time, has kept
the daily record of the place faithfully, and in
stalls in his place another man who has grown
rich in the very business that the fanatical con
vert pursued until hard times and the grace of
God prevailed upon him to make the change, and
the man accepts the place at half the salary he
could earn in the business that he understands;
then men who know the facts, put this and that
together, and begin to listen at the woodpile, sat
isfied that a gentleman from Congo or Zanzibar
is concealed therein.
They recall the fact that Judas Iscariot was
able to hypnotize the other desciples and even
the Lord Himself, and got the situation as com
missary and treasurer for the company.
That was nineteen hundred and more years
ago, but people have been wondering ever since
how much commission he drew down up to the
time ho sold the Savior of the world for thirty
pieces of silver. That, it must be remembered,
was before silver was demonetized and when it
passed at full weightthe money of the mer
chants. Such a transaction is a wound upon religion
itself. Men are prone to say: "There Is noth
ing now under the sun." It is an ennobling
thought to believe that it is possible for sin
stained men to experience such a change of
heart, that the All Compassionate, bending down
and seeing the mighty change, is glad to
draw such an one into the fold of the redeemed.
It gives us a vision of that time which is prom
ised, -when sin will be banished from the world
when all men will bo brothers, when bolts u
locks and chiefs of police arid desk sergeants
Avill no longer be needed; when there "will bo 1
no apprehension as the night closes down, of be- H
ing despoiled before the dawn; when the night 11
will no longer startled by the rattle of the patrol jH
wagon; when the lonely pedestrian will no long- H
er be startled by the sharp command of tho H
hold-up, because the world has been converted H
and all men have turned from their evil H
But a chill comes to their hearts when some- H
thing comes up which is a reminder of that scene H
in the garden by the brook Kidron, when there
by the light of the lanterns and torches Judas be-
trayed his Master with a kiss. Then such people H
lose faith and declare that after all they know no H
more of what pure religion is, or who is sincere
in his professions than did Nicodemus ot tho
second birth. And when such people read a H
daily newspaper that professes to be an organ of H
tho Lord Himself, and can find nothing but ap- M
proval of such work, then their hope of salvation M
is again shaken. And when they see at the head l
of this sheet that one of its mottoes is "Truth", M
they are liable to ask in wonder: "What the hell M
Our Water Supply H
WE FEAR there will be a time within tho H
next three months, when people most in- M
terested, in a financial way, in Salt Lake 'H
City, will be filled with apprehension lest before M
the summer is over there will be a shortage of E
water, lest there be none to sprinkle the streets M
and lawns, when the authorities will be forced M
to put such restrictions on the use of water that H
many people will suffer, and the reputation of tho H
city will be sadly damaged. M
Still, if those in and out of authority will look M
the facts in the face and move quickly in the M
matter, all that will be avoided. M
When nature in the long ago made caches of M
her treasures, in many cases she left embossed M
on the rocks here an alphabet which when rightly M
understood and set to words supplied the directions M
needed for men to find the treasure. For instance, M
in the porphyries out at Bingham there were left M
on the rocks a plain statement that in the un- M
derlying strata, if explored, there were marvel- M
ous deposits of mineral to be found. Along the M
streams that run down and sink in the desert in M
many places wild current bushes will be found M
growing. In these nature had a double design, M
one was to supply her birds with what would be M
a cooling drink and food at the same time 'when M
the August sun is fierce and the birds are faint. M
The other was a notice to men that if they M
would impound the stream and turn it upon their H
growing crop when the sunbeams have picked up H
the moisture from the surface of the soil, they H
would vitalize that soil and bring forth a harvest. H
In the same way nature split a fissure all the M
way down Emigration canyon and filled it with H
water. It was there and tho water was flowing H
through it in plain sight of the pioneers when B
they came through the canyon three score and H
five years ago. H
Since then men have sought to find tho bot- H
torn of that fissure, stop the waters in their flow, H
cause them to rise to the surface and flow down D
into this valley, but the work has been vain. So H
nature split a cross fissure, starting up the val- fl
ley, running under this city and on nearly or B
quite to the Cottonwoods. At the Beck Hot H
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