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' 4 .THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 7, 1907.
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Thursday, March 7, 1907.
"You are a liar!" Count' Attorney
H The at tempted resurrection of the
H cigarette bill is mot by the response,
j "No butts!"
J - District Attorney Jerome discovers
ilinl, aft or .'ill, he is not a bifrcjor man
than Old Fitz.
Hl Tlie next lime the conspirators make
a plant doubtless they will have all the
iars agree on one lie.
. Western men are now able to learn
from G'iflord Pinchot that they do uot
want what they want.
Between two fits of fevor President
Jiouila intends to let his ague shako the
gizzard out of Nicaragua.
Patterson demonstrated that not.
oyon a Hue for contempt could frighten
him away from Supreme Courts.
And, then, think what joy Parrent
- -would have in recounting to his pals
liow he turned a trick on the law!
Engineer Stevens is trying for a. rec
rl 'iiL Engineer Stevens, like other
engineers, is also t-ing to Roosevelt.
The cackling geese of Rome and the
j fighting cocks of Cuba are the real Na-
polcons that make nnd unmake nations.
Sulphur yellow being now the. vogue
for fashionablo gowns, every man can
make his wife's dress satisfnetor- by
swearing at it.
Hj It is a little disheartening to a pros-
ecutor to find that after all his coaching
.his witnesses cannot toll the front end
from tho rear end of a drug store. '
Parrent feels' Justly indignant at the
charge that a professional bunko man
t might in the legitimate exerciso of his
wpfession bunko a whole community!
Hl After the munificent Newhousc gift
-to the Arormon church acadonvy, it will
"bo difficult indoed for him to escape
from their decree of celestial exaltation
in his behalf.
j If the presence of one bunko man
H. during tho administration of George
j Sheets is proof of collusion, who can
calculate the nnnibor collusions undor
Paying Embassador Briee the same
salary that President Roosevelt, ro
ceives, doubtless the British Govern
ment intcuds to hint that its ropresenta
live must hold up his end.
The San Francisco Judge who is now
under charge of intoxication will prob
ably wish upon- his recovery that, the
old military rule ".without canteen"
1 had been maintained indefinitely at tho.
Those Emery county people wlio ap
1 peal to Attorney-General Breeden for
j redross should bo nware that postpono-
jnent of action in thoir caso is duo to
the fact that the Federal bunch is busy
with other things.
An Italian court having decided that
' 7)osscssion of a plurality of hearts jus-
tiftes a plurality of wives, it is likely
thn.t in ense of emergency many Utah
men could cultivate phenomena'l cases
of organic duplication,
The friends of, Chief Sheets will ro
joico with him that at last ho has
the opportunity to got in his side of
thof case, and to show to the public
(lie entire falsity of tho outrageous
politico-ecclesiastical plot hatched out
against him, and to block tho continu
ous performance of the farce.
j EVERYBODY SATISFIED.
Tho long, protracted case of Apostle
Hcber J. Grant, is now brought to a sat
isfactory termination. The distin
guished apostle is no doubt gratified to
have tho charge against, him dismissed
for 'want of evidence. Perhaps his ioy
may be tempered a little by the public
announcement by the prosecutor that
Mr. Grant's own word is not. to bo be
lieved when Mr. Grant publicly boasts
of his offense; but let thnt go. .In the
main, Mr. Grant is no doubt content.
JIo 'might hnvo prefcrrod to strut down
the street, as ho promised to tho public
ho would do, entering" the court with
chin erect affirming his continuing
belief in polygamous living; but he
doubtless waived that, and agreed to be
satisfied with a less spectacular arrange
ment of his little matter.
Smoot. is no doubt content; because
this settlement will not parade beforo
the country anew the fact thnt he is
j an nssocinto nnd partner of law
breakers. The church is satisfied because this
is another triumph of the holy ones
over the ungodly law.
And tho church 111.13' wager the last
dollar of its dupes that the American
citizens aro satisfied. They want no
more fnrces likrt the Joseph F. Smith
r-ase, in which ho settled for sixteen
3'ears ol continuous en mo by the pay
ment of throe hundred dollars to the
treasury of the State,
Doubtless Senators Knox. Bovcridgo,
Dollivcr, Dillingham, Forakcr and Hop
kins are also satisfied; for one of their
particular friends one of their purest
of the pure is enjoying what Senator
Knox calls "religious tolerance." He
is free to continuo his polygamous liv
ing with the wives of whose possession
he boasted before tho young women of
the State university, and is doubtless
free to take an aditional consort if he
can get her unless he utilizes his op
portunities as a prophet while abroad to
supply, what ho confessed was his need,
when he announced to the young women
of tho State university that he would
take more wives if he could get them.
It. is seldom indeed that, any public
matter eventuates to the content of so
many diverse elements of human so
ciety. ( This indeed is a case wherein there is
no complaint everybody satisfied.
A SORDID REMEDY.
In searching about, for some remcdy
which might be applied for the preven
tion of railroad accidents, many sug
gestions have been mado whose prin
cipal feature has been noted in their
absurdity. But probably the most
unique of these is one which proposes
a morally questionable commercializa
tion of human life. The author of that
suggestion calls it a bold and radical
one, and upon that point there can be
The proposition is that tho Federal
Government shall establish, by law, a
price which a railroad shall pay for
each human life lost in wrecks by rea
son of carelessness, negligence or gen
eral inefficiency; the list of accidents
to embrace roar and head-on collisions,
open switches, open draws, rail-spreading,
over-speeding, and so on. ..It is
argued that if this tax were fixed at
a sufficient figure, the appalling inroads
upon earnings would enforce the exer
cise of the highest efficiency in opera
tion. The immorality of tho scheme lies in
tho sordidness of its provision. Hu
ftianity has Jong ago come to the con
clusion that life is priceless, in that no
ndoquate monetary value, can be fixed
upon it. This proposal presents the
possiblity of dobato in the railroad
mind as to which would be the more
economical to go to tho expenso of
installing safety equipment or to pay
for a few human lives occasionally, ft
also pre-supposes that all railroad' offi
cials aro criminal, having no regard
whatever for human life, and boing
capablo of exhibiting respect for it on
ly when thoir pockets are affected.
Probnhly no ono can more deeply re
gret tho loss of human life than a
conscientious railroad man, who is do
voted' to his duty and whose contribu
tory error may be in part respon
sible for disaster. Whenever the law
awards damages for the loss of human
life, it docs not contemplate tho levy
in a puuitivc light, but entirely as com
pensatory in SO far nc ncVi o K
compensation in such matters.
The public has been demanding dis
patch in its own movements, and in
order to comply with the requirement
the railroads have been establishing
higher rates of speed. But at tho same
time they have generally endeavorod
to add to their equipment such devices
to insure Bafety as inventive ingenuity
has been able to supply. No effort
is boing made herein to defend what
has been inexcusable carolessne'ss in
operation, nor neglect to provide suffi
ciently heavy rails to support tho in
creased weight of engines and rolling
stock. But it is only fair to say that
at tho present time, and to speak gen
erally, tho railroad companies are im
proving their trackage and adding to
the safety of thoir roads by the in
stallment of additional devices. If af
ter all th'cso precautions accidents
occur, it is because humnn ingenuity
has not yet been able to cope with the
So far as statutory remedy is con
cerned the Government and the railroad
officials arc even now endeavoring to
arrive at some plan which will place
such fair restrictions upon operation
as will insure to tho public the highest
safety efficiency, They are making an
effort to so regulate tho hours of work
for employees that, these will not bo
Overtaxed in mental or physical strain.
The shortening of tho work day and the
division run will have potent remedial
effect; and it must be admitted that
this overworking of operatives has been
largely responsible for tho great loss
of human life.
Public agitation of this question is
a wholesome thing, if only the domain
of absurdity can be avoided, and if
in the proposals of the Federal Gov
ernment and tho State governments to
enforce remedy no such complications
shall be created as will result in no
real remedy after, all.
A New York woman afflicted by in
curable cancer, nnd dying many deaths,
in cvcr;y day of her waiting horror,
begged her daughter for a potion which
should carry her into tho dreamless
sleep of death.
Overwrought by years of watching
the agony of her .beloved mother, tho
younger woman consented; and now
she is charged as a matricide.
Painful as is every feature of this
appalling case, tho groat shock which
comes to the Nation arises from the
calm approval by some of the most dis
tinguished journals of the country of
tho daughter's act, and from the as
sertion of tho principle that if the law
will not authorize physicians to prac
tice euthanasia, a medical man should
be supported by society if he take to
i.r 1) 11.. : . .i
ministcr death to .spare incurables from
continued and hopeless pain.
There arc sonic ideas which, reason
able in themselves, are yet to be op
posed because inevitably in their train
they bring unreason. This is one whose
dangers must be apparent to every
thinking man. If we wore so perfect in
our judgment .that euthanasia could be
the portion only of incurables, whose
1 miseries arc past the bearing by their
fortitude, and whoso lives have ceased
to be of value to themselves or society
in any respect; and if we might bo as
sured thnt there would never bo a
mistako and that advantage would
never be taken of I he permission which
law or social ethics mieht extend to
the niodical fraternity; perhaps Legis
latures and communities might consent.
But when one realizes that, if society
shall confer upon a physician the right
to administer death upon his judgment,
we are merely Avenkening- the already
fragile defense which stands .between
the individual nnd erroneous judgment,
hysteria, or even vengeance; society
must pause in solemn assurance that
the dangers to be incurred are far
greater than the evil to be remodicd,
To end the misery of ono incurable
at tho jeopard' of other lives is a
contemplation from which tho sensitivo
and responsible soul shrinks in affright.
There are some sufferings which are
inevitable under the violated laws oi
nature. Into tho mystery which lies
beyond we have no right to plunge a
human soul, even though actuated by
the sublime nnd pathetic instinct of
preserving the creature from continuing
Naturo ends the tragedy in her own
jWaj- at her own time. To haston her
immutable decree and the suggestion
of a legal euthanasia is only for cases
where death is already inevitable is to
assum.e to ourselves an authorit' from
which even tho strongest materialist
Mr. Joseph F. Smith, president of the
Mormon church, continues his course of
hypocrisy and evasion. Answering in
his Improvement Era a receut editorial
in Tho Tribune relating to the legisla- j
tive session of S00, Mr. Smith denies
that -he has any personal knowledge of
the things which The Tribune declared
that he knew. Ho says that ho was
absent from Utah at the time and
could not be in possession of such, in
formation. Then to show that he might
have boon in possession of all the in
formation, he says that he knows that
no man of that Legislature was com
pelled to "3'ield his personal or parti
san views, or to voto for any party or
Within the same paragraph Mr. Smith
declares that because he was absent ho
could not know certain things and yet
being absent, could know certain oth
That is Mr. Smith's f ability. He
cannot know things which are true;
but ho can have absoluto knowledge
that things aro so which arc not so.
It is his peculiar bent of mind.
Tho Tribune did not chargo that Mr.
Smith was in Salt Lake City, but Tho
Tribune charged and now reiterates
that during the legislative session of
IS09 Democrats were callod before tho
president of the church (the president
at thai, time was not Joseph F. Smith)
and were instructed to vote for a Re
publican for the Senate of the United
States. Tho thing was notorious. It is
undeniable. Mr. Smith now says that
he knows that no one was. required to
"yield his personal or partisan views."
This means then that, although absent,
Mr. Smith knew of tho entire proceed
ing. He has simply misstated it, as ho
usually docs misstate auything of im
portance. The record of tho legislative
proceeding of that time shows that
prominent churchmen changod their
votes from a Democratic candidate to a
Republican candidate. It was well
known that they were called to church
headquarters; ono .bishop refused to
obey tho command of the church; ono
president of a stake agreed to obey, and
told his political friends of his chagrin
and humiliation and wept while ho
, Mr; Smith knows perfectly .well that
coercion and that a pretended revcln
! tion wore used to influence Democrats
j in that time to support a high church
official, who was a Republican, for tho
Senato of the United States; he knows
that except for an adroit adjournment
taken, the plan might have succeeded.
When Mr. Smith denies ho falsifies; and
he accompanies his falsification by a
confession of stupidity for every one
else who is well informed is well aware
of these facts.
But. the nasty part of Mr. Smith's ar
ticlo in the Improvement Era is in its
closing sentence quoted hy tho Des
eret N ews. Mr. Smith presumes there
in that The Tribune could tell the name
of the prominent Republican tho
church oflicial who wns to' be elected by
Democratic votes to the Senate; and
that The Tribune might, truthfully say
that neither the church nor its presi
dent selected that prominent Republi
can for tho Senate.
Mr. Smith is not only n falsifier, then,
and a stupid, but also a coward. He would
not have dared to say this in the life
time of cither tho prominent Republi
can church official or the then president
of the church. Both these men are
dead; nnd Mr. Smitli would have it. ap
pear that one of them, the Republican,
selected himself for the Senate. It is
a part of Mr. Smith 's jealousy, eownr
dicc and falsehood to assail the memory
of one who is dead and who was so far
his superior that contrasted with
Smith the ono now gone shone in his
Iitctimo as a radiant star, while Smith
Smith just, wallowed.
VOICE FROM PITTSBURG. .
The Tribune warned the proprietors
of. the Mormon ohurr-h that the sorriest,
day for them would bo when ' they
Hhould win (he Smoot caso in the Sen
ate by thoir corrupt bargaining, by
their falsehood, and hy Smoot 's repu
diation in Washington' of the essentials
for which he makes voluble declara
tion when in Utah.
When the vote was taken, when tho
high priests and tho low priests ex
ulted in thoir glco nnd showed their
"i iviiuni- t-pirn, 111 i.nis rsiate, 1 no
Tribune warned them that the end was
not yet the Smoot issue is not settled,
for it is not settled right. Smoot si Is
in the Senate because in the exercise
of its constitutional power the Senato
has so declared; but the mighty ques
tion raised by his presence there re
mains a living, 'burning controversy in
the United States; nor all tho tears
can extinguish, nor all tho demoniac
laughter still the roar of the flames of
that great firo in which the frauds
must lie consumed.
As The Tribune pointed out, not ono
fact has been changed by that deci
sion. St IU the Mormon church exults
in its treasonable toachiug that this
Government is to be destro3'ed and that
the Mormon church is to triumph over
it; still tho polyganiist parades tho
streets looking out now victims for his
desire; still tho commercial crime con
tinues under which all the profits of
Mormon toil are aggregated into the
possession of an irresponsible tyrant;
still the blasphemous teaching is whis
pered every day to the children and to
the young people thnt God is a polyga
niist and that Jesus Christ was a poly
ganiist on earth, and- that only through
polygamy can men and women be
saved to a celestial glor'.
And Iho victory was costly because
it attracts anew attention to tho hor
rors of Mormon teaching and practice.
The hierarchs were foolish enough to
believe thnt with a victory -won for
Smoot, the Christian sentiment in this
land would flee and skulk and cower
in affright. On tho contrary, militant
Christianit- arises in its superb vigor
and accepts tho challenge of battle,
recognizing thnt the Mormon church
has consecrated all other churches and
all other governments to destruction
so that it ma3r staud in sole grandeur
the controlling influence among man
kind. And militant Christianity will
not flee this fray. Militant Christianity
will not be exterminated.
A voice which expresses the determi
nation to meet the Mormon church on
the battle field which tho Mormon
church has selected and in the war
which the Mormon' church is making,
comes from Pittsburg. It is an edito
rial article in tho Pittsburg Christian
Advocate by Rev. Charles M. Smith,
D. D., L. L. D., and is reproduced un
der tho flattering title- to the Mormons'
of "Mormonism Triumphant."
The verv Li Ma i"ielf will rrrn:. n.
..... ..nwj uuu
feelings of the shallow thinkers among
the hierarchs; but when they regard the
serious sentiment and tho courngcous
utterances which Dr. Smith expresses
they may well pnuse to nsk thomselves
if The Tribune was not right iu warn
ing thorn that a Smoot victory would be
tho costliest ever gained in their long
and dangerous career.
TRUE COLLEGE SPIRIT.
The best exhibition of college spirit
ever shown in Utah has beon demon
strated this week by the "Props" to
the number of four hundred and fifty
in their submission to the rule estab
lished by Professor Young for the fac
ulty concerning the "cutting of
Ileretoforo the practico has beon,
when a desired holiday was denied, to
cut tho clnsscs in a body and let tho
rules and the remonstrances go to tho
That was called the college spirit. A
lot of callow youth, not yet imbued
with tho real spirit of loyally, frater
nity, college pride, and individual de
votion to tho high things of college
life thought it was smart and indica
tive of adaptability for college life for
I them to supplant, reasonable rules and
j discipline by inoboernc3
1 At tho opening of the 3-car when
, Prof. Lee Young, for himself and tho
I faculty, announced that hereafter in
j the preparatory departments the rule
would bo a "square deal," and that no
deviation would be permitted, thoro
was an undercurrent of threat. The
event of this week demonstrates that
better counsels have prevailed, that a
spirit of lo3'alty and fairness has been
engendered among the youth, and that
genuine, university pride has been de
veloped. It is a happy day for the University
when the "square deal" is established
when all of the blithesomenesH, or a
safe freedom mn3' exist for the youth
encouraging thorn in the demonstration
of the college spirit with an accom
panying regard, for the rights and rules
of the institution and the dignity of
that great school which the State has
given to them as a means of equipping
them for the broader life.
When four hundred and fifty
"Preps" met and in solemn conclave
agreed that they would abide by the
rule, that they would nor. cut classes
when holidays were denied; they did
more to establish a legitimate college
j spirit, than if they had won a score of
j victories on tho gridiron.
The Mormons have won their bat
tle against the people of the United
btates. Reed Smoot. the Mormon apos
tle, retains his scat in the Senate. Such
was tho decision of the Senate Wed
nesday of lost week, when the mat
tor came to a vote.
It is proper that the pcoplo of the
country should know who tho mon are
who have done this thing, and we ap
pend tho voio, the "yeas" being
against Smoot, and the "nays" for
hinj. It will he remembered that the
vote was on the adoption of tho re
port ot the Senate's Committee on Pri
vileges and Elections, which declared
that Smoot was "not entitled to a soat
111 the Scnito. " The vote was as fol
lows: Yeas Bacon, Berrv, Burrows, Car
mnck, Clapp, Clark I Ark,), Oay, f'ul
bcrson. Dubois, Dupont, Frasicr, Hale.
U"'V?shrougl1, Tiemcnwaj-, Kittredgo. La
I'ollette. Latimer. McCroary. Mcl-inn-nn,
Mone.v, Ncwlands, Overman. Pet-
1 tus. Iwiyner, Simmons, Smith, Stone,
Nays Aldrieh, Alice, Anken3'. Bcv
eridge, Blackburn., Bandcgec, Bulkelev,
Burdett, Burnhain, f'lark .(Mont.),
Clary (Wyo.), Crane, Curtis, Daniel, De
pew, Dick, Dillingham. Dollivcr, Flint,
I'ornker. Frye, Fulton, Gallingor, Gam
t '. Hcyb,lr". Hopkins, Kean, Knox,
Lodge. Long, McCumber, Millard. Mill
key, Nelson, Nixon. Penrose. Perkins,
Piles. Spencer, Sutherland, Warner,
Eighty-eight of the ninety Senators
were represented in the voting. The
two Senators not voting were Mr.
Smoot and Mr. Wotmore. Eighteen
Senators paired as follows:
For Smoot Messrs. Allison, Elkins,
Carter, Cnllom, Drydcn, Piatt, Proctor,
Scott and Teller.
Against Smoot Messrs. Morgan,
Bailc3', Patterson. Martin, Foster, Mc
Enerv, Mallory, Taliaferro and Whyte.
All those who voted for Smoot but
three were Republicans, and all those
who voted against him were Demo
crats but nine. Tho Sonators who were
active in Smoot 's defense, and spoke
and worked for him. were Knox, Fora
ker, Hopkins, Beveridge and Dollivcr,
all Republican leaders. We aro not
calling 111 tho question the right of the
Senators to vote and act as they did
wc are merely asserting the right'of the
people to know how their representa
tives did vote and act, and to pass judg
ment on the same. This thing is not
ended it has just fnirly opened, and
Senators and parties have yet to an
swer for their course in the matter.
The people can afford to be patient un
til their time comes.
As indicating the truo inwardness
of the situation, a dispatch from Salt
Lake City, after the vole was an
nounced, said: "Among tho active
l?fnnlili'r'n 11K .1,11 lanrU. f Al. ir...
'v.uraiJ UL lilt: JIU1-
I mon church there was great rejoicing
this afternoon when news came from
Washington that Smoot had been sus
tained. Mark not 011I3' the rejoicing,
but also the association of the 'parties'
to tho joy "active Republicans" and
"leaders of the Mormon church."
This result was not unexpected. In
fact, it has been known from the be
ginning. It has boen openl3- and re
peatedly declared, and not by the en
emies of the part3" either, that the 'Re
publican leaders were in league with
the Mormon church and that Smoot was
safe, no matter what tho evidence
might show. This is a proposition not
easily proved, but it must bo admitted
that every step taken in tho ense has
tended to show that it was well found-'
ed. Thero are hundreds of thousands of
good, lifelong Republicans who believe
it toda3', and nro humiliated and dis
graced by it. What story this thing
may tell in the future, no man can now
declare: but we shall be surprised if
those responsible for the situation do
not see the cause bitter- to rogret the
We treoly admit that tho question
lo bo decided by the Senate in Smoot 's
I'.SRft W.1R .1 nilVnK- tnrrnl
v "iiu. -iUIUJUr
sentiment nor religion could bo allowed
to detormino it. Mr. Smoot 's religious '
views or relations could no more kcop I
him out of the Senate than could his I
political views or party affiliations. Wo
who have opposed him and insisted '
that ho should be removed from tho
Senato understand this as well as .1113' I
others. We base our claims against him
on legal grounds. Those who repre
sent Smoot 's opponents as def3"ing the
law and asking that he be excluded
pn religious or any other improper or
insufficient grounds either do not know
,loy .are talkinK about, or they
willtull3' misrepresent tho case.
We may state the matter thus: The
Mormon church as n politico-religious
organization is a thoruoghly disobedi
ent and dislo3"al organization. Its his
tory and its teachings prove that it
has no respect for the laws of the State
of .the INalion or for its own promises
'V's organization is to its members in
all things supreme. Their highest al
legienee is to tho church, and as be
tween the church and tho State thov
will always obey tho church. vRoed
Smoot is one of the twelve apostles of 1
this church, chosen for his loyalty and
devotion to the church. It is tinihink-
able that they would put any man who
was not in perfect accord with tho
church into high office. Tie is in all ',
things a Mormon of the Mormons, be
loved aud trusted by the hierarchy and 1
the people. He represents tho princi- :
pics and purposes of thnt foul and ul
torly disloyal organization.
Isow this man with this taincd of-1 ,
ficial character and those disloyal and I !
compromising relations, was purposely
chosen by the church and sent to Wash
ington to force a Mormon elder down
the throat of the United States Senate.
They sent him, not as Reed Smoot tho
citizen, but as Reed Smoot the Mormon
apostle, the embodiment and exponent
and reprcsoutntivo of Mormonism nnd
all it stands for, thnt the people of
the country might be compelled to rc
ciive ami 'tolerate him. Nominally he
represents tho State of Utah; actually
lit- represents tho Mormon hierarchj".
Nominally he ih the servant oi the
State: actuallv he is the servant of tho
church. Professedly" ho is loyal to the
constitution and laws of the country:
actually his supremo allegiance is to
the Mormon church. If such a man 111113
legally sit in the Senate of the United
Stntcs, wc can scarcely conceive of
what would exclude him. And yet good
men and able lawyers stood up in the
Senate nnd defended this man's right
to sit in that bodv! Mormons the oouu
l try over arc laughing at the innocence
I and gullibility of these solons, and are
I shouting over the victory the church
I has won in the Smoot case. Mormon
ism ban not had such a triumph in all
its history. It will be amazingly
strengthened by this for the next move
it will make, and it will not bo long
1 in making it. The solution of the Mor
mon problem has been made immensely
more difficult, and Sonators Knox, For
akcr, Dillingham, Bovcridgo -and others
will live to regret the help the3 gave
the church in the fight it is making
against our institution.
In answer to what we have said, we
ma3 be cited to the speech made b.v
Mr. Smoot in his own behalf. The
flourish made over this b3 some of the
secular papers is amusing. Smoot is
listened to as if he were the judge on
the bench, instead of tho criminal at
the bar. It is as if a man. accused of
theft wore allowed to declare, that ho
is an honest mnn, and thereupon be i
acquitted and applauded. No more
credence is to be given Smoot than
would no accorooti a 113 otner accuscn
ma 11. Indeed, no faith whatever is to
bo put in his statements on this sub
ject, lie is a thoroughly indoctrinated
Mormon, and the history of that peo
ple, as well as the teaching' of their
theolog- nnd ethical principles, shows
! that 11103- can not be trusted on honor
j or oath, where tho church is involved.
It seems like n hard thing to SH3', but
a stud' of the history of Mormonism
and of its teachings makes it plain that
Reed Smoot 's oath to support the con
stitution and laws-of the United States
would not be worth the breath it took
to utter it. if the mntter involved the
church. To sn3' thnt such a man is en
titled to sit in the Senate is amazing.
The people should understand that,
Rppd Smoot is one of the shrowdest.and
oiliest, men in the country, lie is a past
master in tho arts of "the politician.
"He is as mild a mannered man as ever
scuttled a ship or cut a throat." He
is .pist tho man to play the part he has
boen given at Washington. J lis speech
was a masterpiece of deception. Tt was
hold in its utterances, ami in its con
demnation of lawbreakers among his
fellow. churchmen and apostles; but all
this was for public consumption. Be
hind the scenes, and cspeci.1113- in Utah,
he and his fellow Mormous will laugh
at the manner in which he pulled the
wool over the eyes of the Gentiles." The
Mormons understand him. arid are
pleased. Some day the Nation will
come to its senses on this Mormon quns- i
tion, and then the men who intensified I
the trouble by keeping Sinoot in the
Senate will get their reward. Editorial
111 the Pittsburg Christian Advocate.
The Utak Si tuation
Richfield (Utah) Reaper.
Well, the long coutnst is over, and
Senator Smoot is permitted to retnin
his seat and fill out his term. The
result wns no surprise to us. Fol
lowing closely the public pulse and the
final lining-up of the Sonators on the
issue, it became evident to us some time
ago that ho would not be ousted, es
pecially on a two-thirds vote. We are
of the opinion, however, that a ma
jority vote would have been against him
a few months ago Tho matter is set
tled at. last and is history now.
What is to be the outcome now in
Utah? Will it bring :in. end to the
bitter contentiin and strife that have
been going on for the past four vears?
We doubt that it will unless-there are
some radical changes hero at home,
we behevo that so far as Senator
Smoot, s caso was concerned, it had
ceased lo be a material factor in tho
social and political conditions of this
State. While ho has been the storm
ccutcr lo a great extent during these
four vears, tho issues which originated
with his election to the Scnatorsliip had
111 reality passed from a man to a prin
ciple. That principle around which now
centers the storm cloud is a general
ono of the active participation in poli
tical aftairs by men in high ecclesias
This is not a principle or an issue
born with the election of Senator Smoot
or the birth of tho American party Tt
has been an undisguised feature 0? ev
ery campaign since statehood. Tt has
been a serious issue with 0110 of the
lendin- parties of this State for the
I past twelve years. And it will make
no diftercnce what may be other issues
this one feature will continuo to be a
tormenting factor as long as church
leaders engage in our political concerns 1
It will not down. TlienB
parly of this State hag Bm-iriB
it and a portion of tho Rcinhii m
is now smarting under it llcj5p
There is a remedy! how,,,.. Ml
all. This unnatural division f 'l
enn be wtped out, strnined nV,Di '
atron in, without furthor conl
I Senator Smoot resign hi -,, !? M1
declare thnt, he
ther political honors when h,1-' ft
office expires, and sinuiltantonl
i domiunnt church decree thnt I Hti
' none of its leaders none' r
officials-shall take any w
in political affairs, the onen-0r,i
has brought about the preaoM
religio warfare an,l the cauiS
removed and the strife v-ni ' 3
If churchmen . (church fifti
to continue 111 the political '
Utah, that will be J pS '
locally in spite of all effort?,'''
down. No oommunitv eoiil.t ! "J
When the balance of pofflS S
in the hands of men vl-hn Si
er and influence because of t ffl?
positions, 11 ought Jo he rea 1.
a glance that their entr- -."1
lien I affairs is dangerous, and n
logical outcome would be fo
or the other to bitterlv rcW1
We often hear the rlnM.
officials of the dominant cS-1
. State and the officinls of
church have the right to ,r'7
political activity and .ert
, office if thc-y want to. Of
j have the right But it is b S
I sist upon rights at timrc f."
I certain rights which at time ii
1 ed upon, can do more hunn Vil,
! Thero are personal rights rWi I
ficed for a1 time, v:lffo'M
mty good than their appli5fi
personal ends. u"-uiw
If Utah is to hnvo pence . 0rfJi'
it can come only at the acrifijll
lain personal ambitions ihe ,2If
, tion of influences which nn ?W
j deny are more potent in j o"
j Principles in determining
results. Those to whom RenatnVS
victory brings pleasure wavm!
let iin have peace," hut there'ta
no peace, there can be m
the cause of the evils comnfi
1 arc removed. 1
, MT.h?. Reaper is sineerc in ul
thnt it would be better for IU t
of which Senator S.,no' is f
! that it would bo better for'
j ecclesiasts to ndop tho couri J
I would end this strife God k
woiild be the very bost thi
and her people as -a whole M
IT this is not done, toll u,
how can the present conflict h J
As we state above, an um
ciple has .been evolved, and !
mony to a groat extent with aau
current of thought and feeling
has existed 111 i tah ever .sinctiK
hood. Good, clean, strong m,lS
Mormons and Gentiles, both DjhSl'
and Republicans, believe and hinft
heved for years that the panithfif
in political afiairs bv high ofcSlu
the loading church gives nn otfosf
vantage ono way or' tho other t m
jects a feature into Camparis
has onl3' a demoralizing offt (a
soreness and rancor born of sncio &
tions as luuve existed hre in Uhj p
3-ears past can he wiped out onhi (?'
elimination of the cause of irfh
Some ma- look upon the Senjfrt
diet as a justification of the in
that has been maintained by eh i.
the past, that it is every pirsot'j; i
log1, regardless of anv position b $
hold, to engage in politics; Imtti 3r
not the quest ioh now. The qui $
Will those who have it in thiii -to
stop the bitter discord here ill i ,
do Hint which will end it, or-wiE:
allow tho strife to' contiiinel H
sure as the sun shines and tt Fit
fall, this strife will contiiic Mfaj
it is possible for any political fa $
be the beneficiary ofth? infliic fcil
men, through tfieir ecclosiaslici!) k
lion, may command ; j
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