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Vol. II. SAM? LAKE CITY, UTAH, FEBRUARY 7, 1903. No. 13. IIB
C. C. GOODWIN, ----- Editor.
J. T. GOODWIN, - - - - Manager.
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VOICES FROM THE PAST.
Included in a dispatch the other morning say
ing that possibly Senator-elect Heyfcurn of Idaho
might require a larger chair than any now in the
senate, was the following:
"Once the Senate had a mighty chair, specially
constructed for the late Senator Dixon H. Lewis,
of Alabama Mr Lewis took his seat April 22,
1844, on appointment of the Governor of tue State,
was afterward elected by the Legislature, and
served till his death, which occurred October 25,
1848."
That is a reminder of old times When Senator
Haynes of South Carolina made his famous speech
aimed especially at Daniel Webster, his Southern
friends were jubilant. The evening after the de
livery of the speech they were, so to speak, paint
ing the town crimson. A bunch of them called
upon Senator Lewis of Alabama, and exultingly
declared that the great Yankee was finally
downed, that the speech of Haynes was unan
swerable The mighty man Lewis weighed 400
pounds replied: "Yes, you have roused the lion,
wait until you hear his roar and feel his claws."
Next day the then Senate chamber, later the Su
preme Court room, was crowded to suffocation
to hear the great expounder's answer to the fiery
Southerner. Senator Lewis worked his way to a
window and to get a breath of outside air, with his
pocket knife he cut and broke a hole about the
size of a walnut in the window pane. At last ac
count that pane, with the hole in it remained just
as it was left by the Alabama Senator.
To one with a little imagination, a visit to that
room is about the mosjt interesting one that can
be made in Washington. He should go when the
chamber is empty, save as the venerable colored
Janitor on noiseless footsteps glides around among
the ancient furniture. Empty, did we say? No,
no- It at such a time, is filled with the ghosts of
old-time giants, and it is not hard to hear ghostly
voices sublimated from the old deep tones, "still,
small voices," proclaiming as of old their high
Noughts in a diction as stately as ever thrilled
forum of Rome, or caught and held captive
e passioned Greeks when Pericles was speak-,DS-
Haynes and Webster and Benton and Mar
snail and Calhoun and Seward and a hundred
toore of those who placed the siding, the cornices,
he towers on the rough frame of the Constitution,
o ere the chief factors in rounding our young
g0vernment into completed form and preparing
0Urs to take the foremost place among the nations
of the earth. It is not difficult when there to hear
those voices coming back, low and clear, on the
telephone of the years, o- to feel around one the
stately presences of those who from their work
here passed to immortality.
Surely the young states carved out of the wil
derness should be careful what manner of men
they send as senators to Washington, for the rec
ord is kept and when the pho. graph of the ages
is summoned to repeat the old voices, the young
er states should not supply discordant notes. It
is feared that a special chair will have to be sup
plied to Senator Heyburn when he reaches the
Senate. Surely Senator Heyburn will not be the
only misfit there, though he may be the only one
that will require a larger chair. In that high
hall are many forms shrunken sadly from the
ancient pattern, when to be an American Senator
"was greater than to be a king," though it should
not be so. From rude surroundings did many of
those giants of the old days emerge, but when
they spoke it was clear that no matter how lowly
and primitive were the cradles in which they were
rocked, angels had bent above those cradles,
touched with a Divine light their eyes and given
to their baby voices the rhythm of deathless elo
quence. We, in the west, should be careful lest
we make discord in that mighty national oratoria
that comes sounding down the years and the deep
tones of which will continue their high octaves
as the ages ebb and flow.
(Special to Goodwin's Weekly.)
Washington, D. C. T. Kearns and the mem
bers of the British Embassy witnessed Ethel
Barrymore's production of "The Country Mouse"
last evening. The play has the senator's ap
proval, and will be continued.
A FEW INTERROGATORIES.
Senator-elect Smoot will be going to Washing
ton in a few days. We trust he will go prepared
to answer any questions which Impertinent or
curious Senators ma ask him.
Among these there may possibly be the follow
ing: First. "Apostle Smoot, to what temporal gov
ernment is your first and highest allegiance?"
Second. "Is it, or is it not, time that there is
a temporal government In Utah, the heads of
which claim a Divine right to rule, which right
is superior to any authority of the government of
the United States?"
Third. "Is it not true that when only members
of your creed were in Utah your government there
was a pure theocracy, literally the government of
one man?"
Fourth. "Has that government changed ex
cept in form and through the pressure brought
by the influx of Americans?"
Fifth. "For instance, Has any board of alder
men, the majority of whose members have been
Mormons, or any legislature, the majority of
whose members have been Mormons, ever, In
Utah, dared to pass an ordinance or olll, which
the First Presidency of your kingdom has object
ed to, or has any such board or legislative body
ever dared to refuse to pass any ordinance, or bill
which your- First Presidency has desired to have
passed?"
Sixth. "Suppose you were to become involved
in a lawsuit with a brother Mormon, that the case
t ' 'JIM
were to be tried under the rules governing in I'ifil
such a case, before a state or United States Judge f ifjSM
in Utah, and you should obtain a judgment; that j'JtljBM
then your opponent should appeal the case to a '' iftfl
so-called Church Court and the judgment should i! ftfffl
be reversed, and a judgment rendered against you, I f !
would you press your judgment to execution, or r'Ptttfl
would you have the papers sealed in the legal 'ifflflfl
court, and pay the judgment rendered against you ' XI
in the Church Court?" i.lnsH
Seventh. "Suppose the speck in the Venezue- f jj j$fl
Ian sky should increase to a war cloud involving ffSH
the United States in war with Great Britain, Ger- ihBH
many and Italy, and while the Senate should be tH
considering appropriations necessary to carry oh sll
that war, you were to receive instructions from ft ;B
the First Presidency of your creed to do nothing ? iliB
by voice or vote toward furthering the defense P' . 9H
of the United States against such a peril, would 1ilH
you ignore such instruction or would you keep H
still and when it came time to vote pair with Sen- $M iH
ator Tillman Senator Rawlins' term having ex- 'l H
Pired'' ijji i
Eighth. "Is not your oath of allegiance to the f If H
temporal government in (Jtah, at the head of jH
which is Joseph F. Smith, more binding on you j , Jk
than your senatorial oath possibly could be?" ' lijjH
Ninth. "To evade the penalties for laws trans.: IH
gressed, you have often known your fellow JF H
Saints to commit perjury in the Courts of Utah. f'IfH
Have you or have you not justified such perjury?" j A JH
Tenth. "Did you not sign the petition for iHH
amnesty which was presented to President Har- IjfllH
rison, did you not vote to ratify the present Con- f jjj jH
stitution of Utah?" 1' '$!$
Eleventh. "Is it true that when that petition i'lIfH
for amnesty was under consideration by the quo- K'lr'H
rum of the Apostles, and some present desired to Wll
modify its pledges, one of the quorum remarked ff ffH
as follows: "Any modification will endanger its fflliU
acceptance by the President of the United States, B II
let us all sign and when we get statehood we, ilrf H
will do as we please?' And did you approve of itjIIB
that course?" filial
Twelfth. "Is it true that the theory of your Eg LjH
creed is that when a. member has been baptized, f? 1N
arinointed, taken the necessary oaths and been f JH
blessed, not only are all his past sins sponged out, fv 'tjH
but so long as he clings to the creed, obeys coun- & (R
sel and pays his tithing, his soul is safe, no mat-' 8 'if IH
ter what he may do or say?" j
The Apostle will note that all the above ques-; ll!ifl
tions refer merely to his obligations as a Saint' Stiilll
in his dealings with the government of the Unit- W jy'H
ed States, and the final burden of them all is to iUII
establish whether his Involvement In the net of S,;tlB
his faith does not make it Impossible for him to ff jtH
be a real American citizen. - Irf Jl
(Special to Goodwin's Weekly.) Kj iJHI
Washington, D. C It is suspected here that "SlB
Purry Heath will complete the book he Is at ork If fll
on by the first of March. It is to nave an attrac- ft I fB
tive binding of green goods, and will be entitled foill
"How to Write Letters To Yourself." mf M
LIKE A BROTHER. SIIhI
Mr. J. F. Gibbs, of the Free Lance, published BrnllH
down at Marysvale, will get himself disliked if he filial
continues, in his present frame of mind, to tell- SHIBI
what he thinks. He should be disciplined. He is4 H9I
a Mormon, but believes in a square deal. Ko wSffiffl
i JESHHHfl

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