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THE PERRYSBURGr JOURNAL
BY S. CLARK.
"Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures"
$1.50 In Advance.
PERIIYSBURG, WOOD COUNTY, OHIO, SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1854.
Tlic Harpers have lately published a book
on Ulah und the Mormons, by Benjamin G.
Ferris, late Secretary of Utah Territory.
The character of the author and his oppor
tunities fur observation, render his account
of that strange people in the highest degree
trustworthy, and as Utah will, at no distant
day, be applying for admission to the Union,
this publication seems opportune, as fur
wishing information having an important
bearing on a subject on which the people of
this country will, through their representa
tives, soon be. called to act. We have not
yet seen Mr. Ferris's book, but an extended
notice of it, which we find in the New York
Times, embodies copious extracts, some of
which we re-produce for the picture they
give of the working of the. peculiar institu
tion of the "Saints." Loathsome and dis
gusting as it will seem to the sober moral
sense of our readers, we are persuaded, us
there is no reason to doubt its authenticity,
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r, a , ..ruuuu . reding our
opinion, that a State which upholds poly-
gamy ought never to be admitted into the
Union. Anv outcrv which mav be. raised
Union. Any outcrv which may be raised
about the. violation of religious freedom,
would be. an intolerable desecration of a
sacred cause, and would deserve no sympa
thy. When religion is made the pretext for
the indulgence of unbridled sensual passions,
it is an insult to the human understanding,
and to the public sense of decency, to say
that it ought to be tolerated, lest, 'forsooth,
we should violate the rights of conscience.
No upright judge, in any well regulated State,
would hesitate to pronounce the sentence of
ihe luw on a convicted bigamist, though he
were ten times a Mormon, and were ever so
fully persuaded that a plurality of wives
was a dictate of religion. And is it less a
crime bemuse a whole community commits
it? Polvguuy dofs more than revolt the
moral k; use of nil right thinking people;
aside from the moral degradation it inflicts
on woman, it reduces her to a condition ol
base domestic servitude. It is evident
.nough, that in a community wli-p' a inanjuf
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. ,uj ium: a More or mm,: oi f , ua uuuum,
two sexes; and though females may not be '
imprisoned in harems, they will become!
mere laborious dnlg; the olecs of conju-
ual tvrunriv. rather thim t.i do n i,- i,n,l r.l
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ii-ss. hven.f U were true, as has been sa.d.lu,
U,;.t a plenty o! wnes is too expense a
io be indulged n, by any except the j
richer Mormons, it could not even then, fail ;
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iw currupi ni! nioiai sense oi tue wnoie
oiniiiuniiv, bv the influence which the ex
ample of the ujmer class, especially when
this cla-s comprises their religious teachers,
would exert on the moral judgments of the
less favored multitude. 0;i a Southern
plantation, if a man owns many slaves, ii
is necessary that he be rich, because it costs
money to buy them. But in a Mormon
community where female slaves cost noth
ing but the trouble of seduction, with the
advantage of religion as a procures-:, we do
ployment for their hands, need set any limit I
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in Utah are cheaper than black ones in Vir-
ginia; and as regards their condition, the I
loss of chastity, which is an incidental evil
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in the case of the latter, is the principal cir
ciirnstance 111 the treatment of the lormer.
We forbear to say more on so repulsive a
subject, and make room for our quotations:
"Polygamy," says Mr. Ferris, " is intro
ducing a new style of building at Salt Lake
City. A man with half-a-dozen wives
builds, if he can, a long, low dwelling, hav
ing six entrances from the out-side; and
when he takes in a new wile, if able to do
so, he adds another apartment. The ob
ject is to keep the women and babies, as
much as possible, apart, and prevent those
terrible cat-fights which sometimes occur,
with all tilt! accomiiiniimpnfs rif Rillinas.
gate, torn caps and broken broom-sticks.
as trie "divine institution extends, these
buildings increase, and in a few years the
city will look like a collection of barracks
for the accommodation of soldiers. Some
have separate buildings in parts of the city
remote from each other, and others have
farm houses, and the wives are kept separate,
the husband divides his time between them
EFFECT OF POLYGAMY UPON THE POPULATION.
effect unnn thp nonula Hon is rlpridpfl
ly deleterious. The prophet Joseph had over
forty wives at Nauvoo, and'the rest of the
priesthood had various numbers, correspond-
ing to their standing and inclinations ; and
nearly all the children of thesr nnlveamnuc
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marnases dirrl at that nlarp inrWH it ic
alleged by Mormons that not one was taken
to Ulah. Brisham Youn? has thirtv chil
dren, of whom eight are by his first and
v,uren, 01 wnoin eight ar
second lawful wives: the remaining twen-
ty.two are bv his 'spirituals.' He has
ab0Ill fifl v wit- some of whom are widows
of Josepli Smith, and are probably past the
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nine oi waving cniuireii ; out, supposing
nim 10 nave uuriy wno are capable ot hav
iii2 issue which is below the true nnmrw
the twenty-two children would be less than
one child to a concubine. If each of these
degraded females could have been the hon
ored wife of one husband, the aggregate
number of children, according to the usual
average of four in a family, would be one
hundred and twenty, showing a loss in pop
ulation of ninety-eight.
" The children are subject to a frightful
degree of sickness and mortality. This is
the combined result of the gross sensuality
of their parents, and want of care for their
offspring. Asa general rule, ihese saintly
pretenders take as little care of their wives
as of their children ; and of both, less than
a careful farmer in the States would of his
cattle:; and nowhere out of the Five Points
in New York citv can a more' filthv, misera-
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uie, lieglecteil-looking and disorderly rabbi
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b; found than in the streets of !
Ul cuiuiren o: lounu trial
tht. Grpat SaU Lal6 City X,w GovermJr
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leguimaie ciiiiuren, w io are a ivin".
husl,ai, a liirw lmrnh,r ,lf I
his concubines-no one knows how manv
luxurj it is onW lu,own lh u , ;
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il" wn n in-, jnese u iiiaies uo not resu e
in the 'Governor's house' so called, ho in
different establishments, from one to a dozen
in a plate.''
PROGRESS OF INDECENCY.
system plurality has obliterated
nearly all sense of decency, and would seem
to be fust leading loan intercourse open anil
promiscuous as the cattle in the fields. A
man living in common with a dozen dirty
Arabs, whether he calls them wives or con-
fuul ,0.' thl!
rum this cans
serve dtv,Jlv ol language. The Saints are
I'Sive. Last year (!So2) the); seriously
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order into the Church, hv wliicli tlw
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cubin.es, tull,lluf 'i"'.e a, Vt'T nioe sense of i
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eount 01 the (fleets which have rpmiltpil
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lirom this cause, anil at l ie snmp tiu-.n nra.!in
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01 ausent missionaries might be sealed to
Sjints left at home. There area number of
cases in which a man has taken a widow
and her daughter for wives at the same time.
One has a widow ami her two daughters.
There are also instances of the niece being
sealed to the uncle, and they excite no more
attention than any ordinary case. How far
the plague spot is to spread in this direction
remaius to be seen. Brighatn Young stated
in the pulpit, in 1852, that the time might
come when, for the sake of keeping the line
age of the priesthood unbroken, marriuges
would be confined to the same families; as,
for instance, son of one mother would marry
the daughter of another by the same father.
There has been some talk nf miner pvph r..
yond this, and allowing the father to seal
ma uww uaugiuer 10 nimseii.
HAREMS OF THE PRIESTHOOD.
" The high priest dignitaries of the Church
are exceedingly skillful in procuring young
girls for wives. They inculcate the idea
that elderly members, who have been tried
aild found faithful. Hre Klirpr inatriimuntc nf
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salvation than the young, Vho may aposta
tize 1 aim as marriage to nnr who rpmnmc
steadfast to the end is essential to prmw
from the fate of being mere angels, a -great
maiij juung women are tooled into this
bubbling and seethinff caldron of nrostitn.
h00- Elder Wilford Woodruff, one of the
twelve apostles, has a regular system of
changing his harem. He takes in one or
more young girls, and so manages, after he
tires of them, that they are glad to ask for a
divorce, after which he beats the bush for
recruits. He took a fresh one, about four
teen years old, in March 1853, and will pro
bably get rid of her in the course of the en
suing summer. The manceuvers are prac
ticed more or less by the whole gang ; the
girls discarded by one bacome sealed to
others, and so travel the entire rounds ; and
when they are ready to start anew, they
have a profoundly realizing sense ' of female
modesty, to say nothing of some of its adjuncts."
THE MORMON WIFE.
"A wife, in Utah, cannot live out half
her days. In families where polygamy has
not been introduced, she suffers an agony of
apprehension on the subject which can
scarcely be conceived, much more described.
There is a sad, complaining, suffering look,
obvious to the most ordinary observer, which
tells the story, if there were no other evi
dence on the subject. In most cases it is
producing premature old ape. anrl snmc havo
already, sunk into an early grave under an
intolerable weight of affliction. The man,
from the moment he makes up his mind to
bring one or more concubines into the fami
ly, becomes always neglectful, and in most
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cases abusive to his wife."
COnksS o an intense horror of riang
phrases. The use of this species
f h. TP" to -me sort. a
udMnnillJ! agaiust iiglit. Wiih thft nnm -pM
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of. -n&itli undefiled at hand, and no water
rate to pay. it is a mvsterv to 115
cated people will insist upon paddli'ng in
the muddy pools of a perverted vocabulary.
Time was when this vile substitute for a
language, copious, expressive and fluent,
was the especial property of the vulgar and
uninstructed these who either knew no
better, or did not cure to but that day
passed, and we now hear phrases that were
nurtured in the slums anil stables, quite
domicilated in ihe parlor. Even ourladies re
ceive and entertain the filthy strangers, Mid
we near expressions lall Iroin their delicate
lips, that were born in the. obscene purlieus
.i.uv ..n. uuui jii inn uusii'iip purlieus
of low night cellars, and form the standard
vocauuiary 01 sui 1 as rrenuent 1 help. With
our mn hntvu-Ur ti . .
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dun.i ii.,n. 0
to slang has grown into so great an evil, as
iu leaie room ior serious (touDt whether the
mother tongue, is not in danger of actually
becoming obsolete, forgotten, and those who
fondly cling to it in conversation ml -nv.
position, of being behind the age, and forced
to cull in an interpreter to aid them in their
intercourse wiih others. Pierce Egan's
"Dictionary of Flash Terms," a recondite
work, heretofore rarely seen, except in the
hands of prize-fighters and watch-staffers,
will soon replace Walker and Johnson, and
be a part of a necessary library. Wphctnr
therefrom an innate taste for the idiom, or
lorseeing a speedy change in that direction,
has provided us with a considerable number
slang and cant words, in his quarto con
tribution to the injury of our language.
Few persons who conspnt to n i;c
i w WV4 ting mil
guage are aware how the habit grows upon
hem, and many a one who would revolt at
the idea of consorting with blackguards,
does not hesitate at using their conversation
al largon. No one nnw.a.rUro 1 :
a subject ; he is-" posted up ;". no statement
is untrue; it 13 "over the left." We ac
quiesce in a proposition bv remark,.
" that s so, and add impressiveness to a re
lation of fact bv thp
shorter." If I ask Jones wh.twsm:(i. 1 '
for New lork, he replies, "well he did," and
if I escape the affix " hoss," 1 esteem myself
lortunate. A person is not sairi n t
he has a pocket full nf rnlre ,f
nng be too dear for nnrrhacp ,"f
pile, and an invitation to dance is prefixed
by " go in lemons !" We might extend this
list to almost any length, but it would onlv
be to perpetuate the evil, and we forbear
It men and women only comprehended the
injury they are doing themselves, and more
especially their children by this tampering
with the vernacular, and neglecting its cat
pabilities, they would set a guard upon their
tongues, and cease to speak the language of
vulgarians. Let any person take the trouble
to notice, m the course of a day's business
how many conversations he has with his
ordinary acquaintances,' that are not inter
larded with these odious phrases, and we
venture to say that he will be surprised.
There is no use denying it our people are
becoming dreadfully slangy, and there is
real danger of their forgetting their mother
tongue, and finding in another generation or
two, such a hopeless compound of jargon
,n , euvce of il as WOukl (lrive Johnson
and Sheridan crazy. Let the newspapers
take the matter up, by setting the example of
eaving out such exquisite diminutives as
gnus' and " pants." and such terms of
praise as " he is one of 'em," or Captain Bob
stay is a tramp," a regular brick and no
mistake, and we shall have some hope of a
reformation With our consent no suck
barbarism shall appear in our columns, and
we cal upon our cotemporaries who hole'
the fathers of our language in reverence, to
aid us in rebuking this insult to their memo
ry. Buffalo D-m.
Bread. The Rhode Island Society for
the Promotion of Industrv onv. t,
r,r.P,miu,rrLon sti: bread to Mrs. Hiram
ni 1, 01 rrovutence. The following is Mrs.
rlllis recipe for making thp
. o "-uu cAuiuuni
by her :
For two loaves of the
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two potatoes. Dare them kI!-p t:..
and boil quick until quite soft, then mash
a fine pulp, and add a little by a little
two quarts of boiling water, stirring until a
starch is formed; let this cool, and then
add one-third of a cup of yeast. This forms
the "sponge,' waich should remain in a
moderately warm place for ten or twelve
hours or "over night until it becomes
yery light and frothy, even if a little sour
is of no consequence. When the
"sponge" is ready, add flour, and work it
until vou have formprl a citflf
Hie longer and more firmly this is kneaded,
me uruer me uread.
L"t the kneaded ma;: rama', f
.muiu say liUIIi
half to ihree-qtiartersof an hour to rise,
then divide into pans, where it should re
main say fifteen minutes, care being taken
that it does not rise too much and crack
then put the loa
hake, say three-onarters nf an lm..r tr ih
oven is not hot enough the bread will rise
ana crack-, it too hot the surface will harden
rapidly and confine the loaf.
Some sensation is created in political cir
cles, in New York, in consequence of the
passage of strong resolutions against the
Know Nothings by the Tammany Hall dem
ocratic general committee, at their special
meeting on the 21st. The step was taken,
is thought, agreeably to orders from Wash
ingion. The people have taken the matter .
hand, and resolutions -will not do against
resolution. Wheeling, Times.