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cerity, and thus votes to sustain you as 'prophet, seer and revelator' does he not concede your right to direct him spiritually? And, from your view point, that concession involves the surrender of his franchise into your hands, and, therefore, leaves but one more contention of the American party, and of several thousand Mormon Democrats and Re publicans, to be proved—that you and other proph ets, seers and revelators have exercised that power." * * * "Apostle Reed Smoot is also, according to the con ference vote and the impression generally extant among Latter-day Saints, a prophet, seer and reve lator. And it was his election to the United States Senate that proved to be the last straw in the way of church interference that was necessary to arouse public indignation and to crystallize it into the organi zation known as the American party. "In your testimony before the Senate committee you repeatedly ducked, dodged, side-stepped and squirmed in order to avoid conceding that you had aught to do with Apostle Smoot's election further than to give your consent that he be a candidate. Conceding the truth of your statement, you knew, as did every man and woman in Utah, that his elec tion was assured the instant he announced his can didacy, and for no other reason than that he was a prophet, seer and revelator of the Mormon church. And in order to reinforce that view of the question, and to further prove that Smoot's election was the climax of fifteen years of continuous conspiracy on the part of yourself and others, it is only necessary to refer the public to your claims that the seating of Apostle Smoot was the 'fulfillment of Gods will.' That claim was made on the 31st day of last March at the dedication of the Seventeenth Ward meeting house. "On the same occasion you spoke as follows : defy any man or body of men in the world to prove that the church has wielded political influence of any extent or nature in this or any other state during the past four years.' ■•Passing for the moment, your hackneyed 'defy,' ' & ... . permit me to remind you that, in the sentence just quoted, you concede all that your 'enemies' have ever claimed, and which, theretofore, you had been so strenuously denying. Let us paraphrase your 'defy.' , . , , r - , it I defy any man or body of men in the world to prove that I have cohabited with my plural wives to any extent or nature * * * during the past four days.' Would that palliate your cohabitation with , them during the sixteen years since >ou piomised President Harrison that you would cease to break the law of the nation? "Returning to your denial of church interference, during the past four years, what was your motive in publishing in the Improvement Era the quotation that is to follow?—a quotation used a few days since in the Tribune, and which, along with your 'defy,' should be posted by the block teachers in every election dis trict in this city as unimpeachable evidence that you are a man of truth and that you don't interfere in politics. Just now there is a tendency among some of the thoughtless young men to sympathize with the fight against the church authorities waged by the assassins of virtue, the supporters of vice and riot and lewd women, gambling, robbing and general corruption. It is a senseless tendency, and they who follow it will do so to their own destruction. At the present time we are about to make choice of some political leaders. It is scarcely necessary to say that a man who has the interests of himself and his people at heart will choose his friends. Who are our friends? Men who have kept informed on the trend of affairs in the nation in the past two years or more may easily surmise. To vote any other way would be ungra ». . cious, against our own best interests, and would show spirit of ungraciousness such as this people do not naturally possess. "Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them. a JOSEPH F. SMITH.' * * * "The above invitation, virtually a command, to vote the Republican ticket appeared on the eve of the election a year ago, and sent at least 2000 Mormon Democrats into the Republican ranks. And you will doubtless remember that, after election and through the same periodical, you thanked the Democrats for having 'temporarily sacrificed their political prefer ences.' "In order that you may not squirm out of the meaning of that invitation to vote the Republican ticket, it is well to remind you that the only 'trend of affairs in the nation in the past two years or more' that could possibly be of any special interest to devout Mormons was the safe anchoring of Apostle Reed Smoot in the United States Senate. The 'friends' referred to were Republicans—members of the party that, for political reasons only, swallowed the worldly prophet, seer and revelator from Utah. Your use of the word 'ungracious' rather than un grateful was a thin disguise of the real meaning you intended to convey. "And in the face of that plain request to vote the Republican ticket, you have the unadulaterated gall to say there has been no 'church' interference dur ing the last four years ! "In the light of the facts as herein set forth, and the half has not been told, can you, President Smith, blame me and other Mormons for repudiating your claim to being a prophet, seer and revelator? And, in the light of those same facts, are not Gentile Re publicans and Democrats entirely justified in refusing to be your servile dupes? "And the only reply you and your church organ has ever made to statements of facts is that of liars, anti-Mormons, enemies of this people, apostates, etc. "President Smith, the handwriting has appeared on the wall—'Thy kingdom has departed from thee. It is safe to say that Smith will never answer this scathing arraignment by his Mormon critic. Defending Fclirbcinks. ", l1 is S? 3 "? t0 be f regrette ? party prejudice and considerations of some of our ardent Prohibi tionists, under inspiration of some state workers, not members of our church, combined with a few men whose personal ambitions as candidates for general conference were supposed to be jeopardized by the Vice President, made them utterly indifferent to the larger interests of the church in being represented by a clean, capable Christian man, and withal, the Vice President of the nation. To this end a per s j stent Personal canvass was made of the delegates elect. I he action of the conference thus obtained > >> was g rea tiy regretted by the presiding bishop, the official visitors to the conference, and most of our ministers."—Northwestern Christian Advocate. Vice President Fairbanks is known as an earnest and strict friend of the temperance cause. How his attitude on this question could have been mistaken by his fellow religionists must remain one of the mysteries. The duties of hospitality in Washington have been variously construed, but in the main there lias been liberality of sentiment entertained through out the nation, even among temperance workers ; in view of the fact that the national capital is the abode for the time being at least, of representatives of all classes of our own people and all nationalities. A public man should be judged, not by some one in cident of his career, but by the general trend of utterance and conduct; and we are sure that upon calm reflection the most rigid Prohibitionist will be ready to admit that Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks has been an example for good in the temperance cause. The Union Is Admitted. The Mormon church party at Salt Lake, which audaciously calls itself the Republican party, at its recent convention declared for a separation of church and state. Nowhere else could such a piece of satire be perpetrated upon a willing public. The whole contention of the Mormon church party has been that there was no union of church and state ; and yet in convention the party solemnly declares for a separation of parts which the party also declares are not united. If there is no union of church and state, then the declaration is folly. If there is a union of church and state, there is no room for the Republican party—there is no righteous existence for a party dominated by the church. There are only two classes of people belonging to the Republican party in Utah: one is composed of people who, either for themselves or friends, aspire to office—with the consciousness that they can only gain their ambition by the favor of that treasonable abomination known as the Mormon church; and the other consists of people whose chief character istic is credulity. In such classes as these, the enor mity of the declaration by the Republican conven tion is of no moment. The selfish politician cares nothing for the ridiculousness.of his posture, so long as he can gain his immediate personal and selfish end ; and the credulous dupe only regrets that the situation does not demand still more extended stretch of his willingness to accept absurdity. Deep=Sea Diving. (Shipping Illustrated.) So far the depth to which a diver can descend would appear to be limited by his power for with standing the adverse influences acting upon him while carrying on his duties under water. Appar ently a descent of thirty fathoms of water marks the limit of safety for even the few divers who pos sess the necessary physical fitness in combination with a disregard for danger beyond the average. Records in deep-sea diving have to be accepted with the proverbial grain of salt. It is said that a diver reached thirty-three fathoms and a half while en gaged in salvage operations on the west coast of South America ; and, yet again, another diver work ing on the same wreck is reported to have brought up three bars of copper from a depth of forty fathoms at the expense of his life. A diver away up in Puget Sound is also credited with the rescue of some materials from the wreck of a tug at thirty-three fathoms. Captain Eads, while super intending his great work at the South Pass and on the Mississippi, found that very few men, whatever their build, are capable of combating the severe strain which is brought to bear upon their physical energies for a few minutes at a depth of twenty or thirty fathoms. Many of his divers dared not venture below ten fathoms. Of 352 divers employed at greater depths thirty were seriously injured, and the result was fatal in ten instances. In 1885 the steamer Alfonso XII was lost off Point Grando, Grand Canary, with ten boxes of specie on board. The Marine Insurance Company sent out three div ers, Alexander Lambert, David Tester and F. J. D*avies, who succeeded in getting up nine out of the ten boxes with their contents intact. Lambert was most successful, and suffered from paralysis of his internal organs in consequence, but appears to have recovered under skilled treatment on shore. In a subsequent expedition, sent out to recover the missing tenth box, Tester lost his life, presumably by remaining under water too long without return ing to the surface. During the first expedition Lam bert received £4000 and Tester about £1400; as they were paid regular wages 5 per centum on the value recovered, and a bonus of £50 a box. The depth was 100 feet, and the boxes of gold had to be won, at that depth, from a small lazarette in the ship's run to which access was obtained through three decks by the aid of tonite having an explosive up ward force. Husband—Look, another hair in the soup. Wife—Well, it's mine. Husband—That makes no difference. Wife—How cruel you are! Before we married you said you could eat me up, and now you don't want to swallow a single hair.—Fraszki.