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One of the Pardoned.
On the 4th day of January, 1893, the name of Ben jamin Harrison, president of the United States, was attached to a proclamation granting amnesty and pardon to all persons liable to the penalties prescribed by the Edmunds-Tucker act for polygamous prac tices and unlawful cohabitation. In the preamble of the proclamation President Plarrison recited that the head of the Mormon church had issued a manifesto declaring that the church no longer sanctioned polygamous marriages—that the officials of the church had applied to him for pardons for themselves and their people, promising future observance of the law—that the Utah commission had recommended that the prayer of the petitioners be granted. He concluded his official pronouncement with the following expression : Now, therefore, I, Benjamin Harrison, president of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested, do hereby declare and grant a full amnesty and pardon to all persons liable to the penalties of said act by reason of unlawful cohabitation under the color of polygamous or plural marriage who have, November 1, 1890, abstained from such unlaw ful cohabitation ; but upon the express condition that they shall in the future faithfully obey the laws of the United States hereintofore named, and not other Those who shall fail to avail themselves of since wise. the clemency hereby offered will be vigorously prosecuted. Such was the response of the chief magistrate to the plea of pretended repentance imposed on the government by men who were paving the way for escape from the jurisdiction of the federal govern ment, that they might erect a state under which they would be amenable only to such laws as they chose to inflict upon themselves. In the petition for amnesty it was recited that— To be at peace with the government and in har mony with their fellow citizens who are not of their faith, and to share in the confidence of the govern ment and people, our people have voluntarily put aside something which all their lives they have be lieved to be a sacred principle. Have they not the right to ask for such clemency as comes when the claims of both law and justice have been fully liquidated ? As shepherds of a patient and suffering people we ask amnesty for them and pledge our faith and honor for the future. The petition of which the foregoing are the clos ing paragraphs was signed by Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and all the apostles and presidents. It will be observed that the third signature to the petition for amnesty is that of Joseph F. Smith, now head of the Mormon church. On page six of this issue of The Scimitar is printed an extract from the testimony of Joseph F. Smith in the Smoot case in which he swears that he has not fulfilled the terms of his solemn promise for himself and his people by which he secured the pardon of the President of the United States for his violations of the law and for the violations of others. In that testimony he swears that he has openly and continuously violated his promise and the law and that he proposes to remain in such violation. He defies the government and the law. The chief shepherd of a "patient and suffering people" is living in open domestic relations with five alleged wives at the capital of his kingdom. President Harrison has gone to his long rest and the pardon he issued might as well have been buried with him, for it is of no effect—the Mormon church is a government unto itself and the old federal rela tion has ceased. Morally and ethically viewed, Joseph F. Smith might be open to censure along with all the others that have failed to keep the faith. But legally he will not be compelled to live within the moral and statu tory relation until the state government is purified by the ballots of the representatives of clean handed justice. President Harrison was a Republican and he frowned upon the practices that have made the name of Mormonism odious. President Roosevelt is a Repub lican and he sustains the perjured head of the church and all of his followers and extends to them the support and the votes of his party. Assuming to be the greatest American advocate of the home in all its purity and the defender of virtuous motherhood, the leader of the Republican party stands for the undo ing of the good work of one of the same political faith who held the high office he now fills. Without the assistance o.f the Republican party, the polygamous practices of Joseph F. Smith and others would meet their punishment in all the afflicted states. Grant, Garfield, Hayes, Arthur, Harrison, all Republican Presidents, declared against the iniquity that Roosevelt, Republican President, is upholding. It is five against one and there are yet Grant, Garfield, Hayes, Arthur and Harrison Republicans entitled to votes in the polygamous states. Very Little Applause. Although ample time has elapsed for the studious examination of the President's message, no resound- • ing wave of applause has swept over the country. Perfunctorily it has been mentioned as "a great state by some of the easily persuaded Republican paper editors of the land, but generally a sense of disap pointment is expressed or implied. The President's party friends have borne with it in a kindly way and his party enemies have criticised more in sadness than in exultation. Both party friends and party enemies found in the President's previous official utterances strength of expression that interested them and commanded attention. In his last document the Röoseveltian quality .is lacking —the strenuosity gone—the big stick laid aside. Taking counsel, perhaps, with fear, in the presence of the startling events that surrounded its promulga tion, the message opened with a wail through which the public was given to understand that the misfor tune under which the country had suddenly fallen had been immediately caused by the miserly propensi ties of the American people, who, he said, would have averted trouble had they placed their money "in sound banks." Passing from his severe arraignment of the masses, the message explained that the dishonesty of a few was a potent cause for the disaster and then it as sured congress that— As a Nation we not only enjoy a wonderful meas ure of present prosperity, but if this prosperity used aright, it is an earnest of future success such as no nation will ever have. In the way of advancing a remedy for the condition first presented, the presidential message said: We need a great elasticity in our currency; pro vided, of course, that we recognize the even greater need of safe and secure currency. There must al ways be the most rigid examination of the national authorities. Provision should be made for an emer gency currency. IS The president assailed both the honest and the dishonest and opened no avenue of escape from a He relieved himself of none of gloomy situation, the vigorous rhetoric the public has been accustomed to receive from that source and none of the advices which, whether good or bad, has heretofore poured from the fount of his understanding. The public was not looking for a colorless dis in the presence of a crisis and it reluctantly course concludes that its author shines only as a fair weather adviser. So the message was received in disappointment and with a show of anger on the part of men who •suspect themselves of being dishonest toilers on the vineyard of finance. Something has happened to subdue the tempestous nature of the man in the White House. He was not himself on the 3d of September. School indemnity lands to the extent of 28,887 acres have been assigned to the State of Idaho by the Sec retary of the Interior in the Boise land district. This is lieu land for school sections used for other pur poses. £ ❖ ♦> # # Idaho ♦ ❖ ❖ ■ The Great ❖ m ❖ ❖ fTWIN FALLS? NORTH SIDE * * * * ❖ * ❖ # * ❖ ❖ ❖ * 1 * * ❖ ! Land Opening ! ❖ Occurred October 1st *> ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ 75,000 Acres were Filed On in Three Days ❖ * ❖ * ❖ ❖ ❖ # * ^ || * Following is what a recent buyer, * ¥ wh= att e„ded tile Opening October 1st % . «Î* and Secuied land aftei the Dl awing, 4* * says of the Project and the remaining * linso ld acres * ❖ '£ would not sell my location today for $5,000.00.. * Your land is splendid, your climate all that J could be asked for, and your water supply ❖ *♦«. unlimited, *£ * ❖ ❖ * 1 * ❖ * I 50,000 Acres -> * * * * * Still Open to Entry ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ I * ❖ ❖ •r * 4* I have located on 160 acres of the land ❖ under your canal system, and, though my num- <g> *£ ber came out among the last, and I thought * *> my chances were poor to secure a good loca *:♦ tion, I went with one of your drivers and made my filing two days after the drawing * was over. ^ "There is plenty of fine land left and I ♦> * ❖ * I ❖ ♦ ♦Î4 ? I ❖ "I am more than satisfied, and as soon as I . am notified that the water is ready I am com- 4* 4* ing here to make my home. Yours truly, (Signed) G. S. Frëëburc.er, South Bend, Wash." ♦> ❖ ❖ * 4* * # ❖ ❖ * ❖ * The Gompany Sends People Out **« Over the Land Free of Gharge * ❖ ❖ *> ♦♦♦ ❖ $ * * Write for Circulars to the ❖ ❖ ❖ * i Twin Falls North Side Investment ! ❖ ❖ *£ 4» * * * ❖ » o * ❖ * Sole Agents for the disposal of all Water Rights and Town Lots. R. M. McGOLLUM, Secretary JEROME, ID71HO, via Shoshone $ f FRED R. REED, Land Commissioner ❖ * * * ❖ * ❖ ♦ ❖ * ❖ 4* T % EACH SETTLER HIS OWN t AGENT IN SELECTING LAND 4*4*4* 4* 4»4» 4»4*4» 4"ï* 4* 4* 4* 4*4* 4*4"* 4* 4» 4* 4*4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4*4* 4*4* 4*4» ? :