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Perfidy at Salt Lake.
The practical elimination of the Democratic party
in Utah, under direction of the Mormon church, is
rapidly progressing.
Apostle Smoot and his associates of the church
heirarchy refuse to allow the Democratic party in
Salt Lake City and the state to retire decently and in
order from an unavailing conflict, where nothing
but dishonor and defeat are to be obtained. They
insist that the party shall remain in existence under
a pretense that the division upon national party lines
is a necessity and a sanctity. In election after elec
tion the Democratic leaders are induced to believe
that the church will either grant favors or permit the
voters to exercise their free choice of candidates and
policy. In election after election this promise fails.
The expectation turns to disappointment and the
local Democracy finds itself operating as an adjunct
to the Smoot Republican machine, utilized only as
an advertisement to the nation of the falsehood that
there is such a thing as politics in Utah.
Just now the church has nominated two candi
dates for the mayorality. Richard P. Morris has
been selected under the Democratic name; and his
party friends are voluble in their assertions that he
will be elected to the office from which he retired
two years ago. Candid ones among them are will
ing to voice their hope that the church will assist
him to this end, as it assisted him into the mayor
alty four years ago in opposition to Frank Knox, the
Gentile Republican candidate. Thus is kept alive
the glow of Democratic hope and an apparent
son for the maintenance of Democratic organization
and the appearance of division upon national party
lines.
The Republican candidate of the church in this
foreordained contest is Dr. Charles G. Plummer, a
Gentile, but affiliated with the church Republican
machine and the new favorite of the ecclesiastical
government. Through the persuasion of the Smoot
crowd, Dr. Plummer was induced to stand as a can
didate, against the wish of such of his friends as
are not in close affiliation with Smootism ; and it is
apparent that, to induce him to refuse such advice,
he must have received positive assurance that he is
not to be offered up as a sacrifice on the altar of the
strictly Mormon candidacy of Richard P. Morris,
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the Democrat.
Under ordinary circumstances, having to choose
between a tried and true Mormon candidate and a
Gentile candidate, the church prefers the Mormon,
matter what party he may represent; but these
are not ordinary circumstances. A pliant Gentile is
often, and particularly under existing conditions,
useful to the church than a Mormon. Smoot
no
more
is building up his Republican machine and must vin
dicate to the Republican party of the nation his pre
tension of absolute control of the political operations
Therefore it
in his state and surrounding country.
likely that the Democracy will suffer not only
seems
betrayal once more, but rank humiliation.
Some of the Salt Lake newspapers and politicians
opposed to the church seem to think that Joseph
F. Smith will keep a Democrat in the mayoralty of
Salt Lake in order to justify the maintenance of
democratic organization, and they argue that as he
selected Morris he will do so again. But the
once
conditions are different today from those which ex
At that time Frank Knox,
isted four years ago.
Gentile and Republican, was very repugnant to the
Mormon heirarchy. Today Dr. Charles G. Plummer,
Gentile and Republican, is very acceptable to the
Mormon heirarchy, and may be a more available
candidate than a Mormon would be.
be assured that all of the Mormon church strength
will be thrown to the candidacy of Charles G. Plum
Republican, and that the Democracy of Salt
It seems to
mer,
Lake is to once more drink the bitter cup.
It was the intention of the church two years ago
when there were three tickets in the field, American,
Republican and Democratic, to elect the Republican
candidate, William J. Lynch. Morris at that time
represented as now, the church choice within the
Democratic party. Lynch was a weak candidate,
and on election day, finding that he was running be
hind on his ticket, the church transferred bodily its
large mass of pliant voters to the Democratic col
umn to beat the American candidate. There has
been much change since that time; and it is no
longer necessary to rely upon the personal popular
ity of Morris. Plummer is as strong a candidate as
any Gentile could be, and the church has had two
years to prepare its Democratic voters to slump to
the Republican candidate. Last year the local De
mocracy of Salt Lake cast approximately 4000 votes.
It is questionable if, in this municipal election Morris
will get more than 4000. In such case the race will
probably show : Bransford, American, first ; Plum
mer, church Republican, second, and Morris, church
Democrat, third. The Democracy will have fulfilled
once more the ignoble purpose of its present main
tenance under ecclesiastical election ; it will have
held itself together as an aid to the Smoot church
Republican party; and it will have added one more
dishonor as well as defeat to its record.
However, we are brought at this point to a some
what sardonic pause by the consciousness that no
mere outside observer can be quite sure of the Mor
mon church purpose until that purpose is revealed
by the event. Under the cover of a promise to Dr.
Plummer, the Republican candidate, and a pretended
devotion to his candidacy, the church may be merely
intending to give Mr. Morris a chance to demonstrate
to the world a personal popularity, carefully induced
by secret instructions ; or it may be merely intending
to capture the City Council of Salt Lake, thereby
nullifying the effects of an American party victory
in case of the election of an American party mayor.
Indeed there are not wanting indications that the lat
ter is their real intent, regardless of the fate of both
Plummer and Morris; since the church leaders, dom
inating the local political machine, have succeeded in
effecting fusion of Democrats and Republicans in
various wards in Salt Lake, making of these heredi
tary enemies political bed-fellows, at the behest of
the church, in order to secure the election of the
church city councilmen.
That there can be any question of the event in
Salt Lake City is the highest tribute to the evil sa
gacity of the Mormon leaders. Salt Lake is essen
tially Gentile in its population ; it has multiplied
numerically and financially under the impetus of
Gentile citizenship ; its future is dependent upon
Gentile domination. Under these circumstances, and
with the full consciousness that the eyes of the
nation are upon Salt Lake, one would think that
the Gentiles would rally around the American party,
and that no man or woman not a slave to the Mor
mon church, would be wanting for the American
cause when the roll shall be called on election day.
Out In the Open.
(Goodwin's Weekly.)
Just why the Republicans—i. e., the Mormon
church—have switched from underground, gum-shoe
work to a daylight game in this year's race is past
comprehension for the ordinary mortal. Nothing
short of a revelation will unravel the mystery. It
is now certain, however, that the church is to fight
in the open. Already preparations have practically
been completed for the appointment of a committee
of five "non-partisans" by the bishop in each Mor
mon ward in town, and these committees will make
house to house canvasses, urging that Plummer be
supported. The trick has been long expected by the
Americans, but it was not believed that it was com
ing so soon.
How much older is your sister than you, Johnny?"
I don't know.
twenty, and iiqw she's eighteen,
twins."—Trefnis.
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She used to be twenty-two, then
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Leave me alone,
for. I'm a childless man.
Then you might adopt one."—Trefnis.
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