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Apostle Smoot a Falsifier.
Apostle Smoot, Senator and Mormon, has gained a hearing through the North American Review. There would be nothing to complain of in that if the magazine had held the apostle to the truth. Giv ing him the privilege of addressing untruths to the audience of The Review is as much of an attack on National morality as would have been his defense of the institution of polygamy in that publication. Having recently emerged with flying colors from a trial before the United States Senate, thanks to the prostituted partisanship of that body, Mr. Smoot has acquired a reputation for probity that will in cline many a listening ear to him as he discourses upon the topic of polygamy. It will not be known to those far away from the scene of his apostolic labors that he dealt in the misrepresentation that is the common stock in trade of Mormondom in as serting that polygamy had become a thing of the past in Utah and the surrounding States. But The Review could have ascertained that Mr. Smoot was contumaciously untruthful when he said: The Senate inquiry established clearly that polyg amous marriages in Utah became a thing of the past more than sixteen years ago and no polygamous relations assumed since 1890 have received the sanc tion of fhe church. The evidence taken before the Senate committee privileges and elections during the inquiry into the right of Mr. Smoot to a seat in the Senate re on cites many specific instances of polygamous mar 1890 and all the evidence was printed That the church has not nages since for public information, sanctioned these violations of law and morals is an impossibility, for all such marriages must be per formed by representatives of the church—elders and other officers of the church. After reciting a list of ten prominent Mormons polygamously married after the issuance of the mani festo of 1890, the majority report of the Senate committee on privileges and elections says: It is morally impossible that all these violations of the laws of the State of Utah by the contracting of plural marriages could have been committed with out the knowledge of the first presidency and the twelve apostles of the Mormon church. In two of the above cases, that of George Teasdale and that of Benjamin Cluff, Jr., the fact of plural marriage directly communicated to the president of the church, Joseph F. Smith, and in the other cases, with was the possible exception of James Francis Johnson, the fact of a plural marriage having been celebrated was well known throughout the community that it is not conceivable that such marriages would not have been called to the attention of the leaders of the church. Indeed there was no denial on the part of the first president or any of the twelve apostles that they learned of the fact that plural marriages were being contracted by officials of the Mormon church and that no attention was paid to the matter. so When it became known that Mr. Smoot was to be investigated by the Senate, it was also conveyed to the hierarchy at Salt Lake, through some under ground passageway of information, that the com mittee proposed to prove the recent plural marriages of four of the apostles and two other high officials of the church. The persons by which such marriages could have been established were sent out of the country and the committee was unable to procure service upon them. These circumstances were commented on by the committee in its report and the magazine editor who accepted Mr. Smoot's article could have as sured himself that his contributor was placing mis information before the public. As an apostle, Mr. Smoot knows that polygamy is still one of the cherished institutions of his religion and that it is now under concealment through fear of the penalties that law and sentiment might inflict. Mr. Smoot understands that Joseph F. Smith, president of the church, testified before the Senate committee on privileges and elections: Question—The revelation which Wilford Wood ruff received in consequence of which the command to take plural wives was suspended did not, as you understand, change the divine view of plural mar riage, did it? President Smith—It did not change our belief at all. Question—You continued to believe that plural marriages were right? President Smith—We did. I did at least. I do not answer for anybody else. I continue to believe as I did before. As the president believes, all the rest of the Mor mon establishment believes, including Apostle Smoot. Believing otherwise, he would cease to be an apos tle, for the man next to God does not tolerate any weakening in fealty. The magazine article under discussion says that "the State of Utah and the people thereof have kept faith with the National Government with respect to statehood. The promise was that polygamous prac tices would be abandoned and it was understood that the church would cease to exercise political supervision over its members. Polygamy, new and old, exists today in Idaho and Utah and the Mormon church exercises political supervision so completely that, through its alliance with the Republican party, it is able to protect itself from penalties that would normally attach to its misdeeds. It has kept faith in nothing. In Idaho Mormonism induced the people to repeal laws enacted for the suppression of polygamy and the disfranchisement of polygamists, asserting that it had departed per manently from its evil ways, and as soon as danger of punishment was removed, the devotees of the church returned to their shameful practices and have since flaunted their sins in the face of a betrayed commonwealth and defied constitutional law and public sentiment. Mr. Smoot has the floor. He has been declared pure by the United States Senate, along with the hierarchy he represents and the followers it repre sents. Having been placed in a position from which he can work upon the credulty of the people of the United States, he is naturally making the most of his opportunity. What he says through the pages of the North American Review is the studied misrepresentation of a church alliance that does not hesitate to employ falsehood in furtherance of its iniquitous schemes. B Gültig to Bryan, The Portland Oregonian notes with expressions of satisfaction that the Chicago Inter-Ocean, organ of the freebooters of the financial circle, is disturbed over the prospect that from fifteen to twenty per cent of the Roosevelt vote of 1904 will go to Mr. Bryan in 1908, unless the Republicans put up a can didate who, if elected, will carry out the Roosevelt policies. The Oregonian's own remarks are worth reading by people outside of the Inter-Oceanic sphere of in fluence : The howlingest "ululation" we have heard comes from the Chicago Inter-Ocean. This is a Republi can paper, devoted heart and soul to "the interests." It tells us that it gets stacks of letters from Republi cans of the Middle West who declare, one and all, that "if the rural voters can't get a candidate who will continue Roosevelt's policy, they will vote for The Inter-Ocean remarks further W. J. Bryan, that "from the number of these letters and the ex tent of territory from which they come, the inference seems safe that they represent about fifteen or twenty per cent of those in the Middle West who voted for Mr. Roosevelt in 1904. declares that what these people mean by velt's policy," continuation of which they so ardently desire, is "the policy of agitation which brought on the panic." This unhappy journal Roose The Oregonian, making its own comments on the distressful emanations of the Chicago newspaper says : This truly edifying fiction that robbery, rebates, excessive capitalization, looting of banks and trust funds, and frenzied finance generally, are natural conditions of business that ought not to be dis turbed, has a pretty firm hold in certain quarters even yet, evidently. He who disturbs this beautiful system, moreover, is a panic-maker and miscellaneous malefactor. And the people who stand by him against the trusts and brigands and want his policy continued "have been led far astray." They are honest, no doubt, but "misguided." The Democratic side of the House of Represen tatives has introduced a bill for the reduction of the Federal army from 40,000 to 35,000 officers and The Republican side will see that it does not men. pass. In response to an invitation extended by Phil Sher idan Post, of Boise, the State encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic will be held in Boise on the 24th, 25th and 26th of June next, the local post guaranteeing all the expenses. Ten thousand negroes assembled in Mobile, Ala bama, adopted resolutions in which they declared that Secretary Taft was exceedingly fortunate in secur ing the services of the First Assistant Postmaster General as the promoter of his boom in the South, saying that they felt a much more friendly interest in the Taft candidacy than they did before. The man in charge of the pie counter can move moun tains of opposition in the South. The people of Caldwell have agreed to raise $25,000 toward an endowment of $125,000 for the College of Idaho, provided the other $100,000 is secured. It is worth while to strengthen these institutions of higher education. They are a part of the inducement to State and community growth, for the migratory peo ple oi the United States will not place themselves out side the realm of educational opportunities for their children. The newspaper fraternity will be pleased over the appointment of William Balderson to the position of Register of the Boise land office, which was made and confirmed on Tuesday of the current week. Mr. Balderston has served long in the editorial harness, and while the editor is a strong factor in the advance ment of public men, it is not often that he himself advances by the same route. Mr. Balderson will assume his duties as soon as his commission arrives. The question, what to do with our ex-Presidents, is almost narrowed down to what to do with Theo dore Roosevelt. Mr. Cleveland is yet living, but is bowed down by years, while Mr. Roosevelt is likely to continue life's pilgrimage to a remote period. If Mr. Roosevelt were given a gun and turned loose, he would probably be able to subsist as long as the game lasted. Being a President does not necessarily disqualify a man for the struggle for bread. Town Topics complains that the President of the United States denied posterity some of its spectacu lar rights when he neglected to have himself photo graphed in the act of flipping one of the In God We Trust dollars in apportioning the appointments belonging to the Senators from South Dakota. Mr. Roosevelt has been so much interfered with by out side critics that it is small wonder that he shies at mention of a third term. Mr. Shaw, ex-Secretary of the Treasury, is visit ing his home State, Iowa, bearing an olive branch and preaching harmony between the irreconcilable factions. He says "the next Republican National convention is likely to present a more interesting contest than has been witnessed for years," and the blending of the factions is something greatly to be desired. It is supposed that Mr. Shaw is still nurs ing his own Presidential aspirations, which suffer from a divided party in the State of Iowa. President Roosevelt opened the new year auspici ously by turning Admiral Brownson on the spit until he was exceedingly well done. All the offense the admiral had committed was to resign from the bu reau of navigation. He may now be inclined to take a header from the mizzen mast. After Brown son had been laid away in the gravy, the President opened a second assortment of invectives on a class of inconsiderate fakers who have been criticising some of the ships of the navy. The year having been started with appropriate ceremonies, Father Time proceed to lug it along to the next mile post. can