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THE IDAHO SGIMITAR.
SCIMITAR PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY, Ltd. FRED T. DUBOIS CHARLES E. ARMEY, EDITOR Business manager PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY At Boise, Ada Gounty, Idaho. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE OF THE IDAHO SCIMITAR. Including postage in the United States, Canada, and Mexico; $2,00 a year; fl.00 for six months. Subscription to all foreign countries, within the postal union, $3.50 a year. Single copies, 6 cents. Payments should be made by Check, Money Order or Regis tered Letter, payable to The Idaho Scimitar. Address all communications to The Idaho Scimitar. Post Office Box 474. . Bell Phone, 157. Independent Phone, 767. Rooms 303-305-307 Overland Building. Entered as second-class matter October 31, 1907, at the post office at Boise, Idaho, under the Act of Congress of March 2,1879. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1908. It is now Mr. Harriman's turn. The other un desirable citizens have been vindicated. 4 * 4 * 4 ? It is said by the Portland Oregonian that the pri mary law of Oregon has abolished parties and that there is no longer a Republican party in that State. The primary law has a bad effect upon party ma chines and if it is impossible to keep up a party or ganization without a machine, the organization can well be spared. 4 * 4 * 4 ? According to advices from Vancouver, reserve army men of Japan sojourning along the Pacific Coast have been ordered to Tokio and are assem bling at Vancouver for departure to their native land. Vancouver has been making unusual efforts to rid itself of the brown men of the Orient and is not inviting them to come back. 4 - 4 * 4 * It seems probable to Mr. Bryan that the trusts, the tariff and railroad regulation will be the issues of the campaign of 1908, though he is not yet able to determine which will be the paramount issue. He says, however, that they come to a common point— the conduct of government in the interest of a few favorites, instead of many people. 4 * 4 * 4 * Hard times are having an effect on the National revenues, the collections for last month being about $0,000,000 less than for the December of the pre vious year and the expenditures about $7,000,000 greater. The Government will find it necessary to call in some of the idle cash that is being used to tide over the affairs of the New York banks. 4 ' 4 * 4 * It is presumed that the powers that create as well as destroy are casting about for a successor to Sur veyor General Eagleson and The Scimitar feels that it will not be in danger of commitment for disorderly conduct in suggesting that some distinguished Mor mon would appropriately fill the bill—Bishop John E. Hart, of Fremont County, for instance. This suggestion is made only in the interest of consistency. Trouble Within the iTachine. The people of the State of Idaho have now before them the spectacle of a Governor who is using his official position and opportunities in criticism of one of his associates in the governing business. The Governor is not distinctly impelled by a sense of duty to the constituency. He appears, rather, to have gone after the Auditor of the State because the Aud itor has departed from the time-honored custom of obeying the orders of the head of the political com bination. The difference between the two officials has now progressed as far as the courts, where the Governor is to be arraigned as one of the principals in a libel action that will drag into publicity confidences that may have an enlightening effect upon the public mind. This is an affair between members of a machine that has been substituted for government and palmed off as the genuine article upon the citizens of the commonwealth. In the beginning the Governor made the Auditor and the Auditor helped make the Gov ernor and they vouched for each other. The Gov ernor would not have placed the name of the Auditor on the slate he crammed down the throat of the Re publican convention had not the Auditor had some thing to do with the bestowal of power that made the Governor a party boss. Such amenities are reciprocal. It is unseemly for pals like these to fall out. Still, it is an ill wind that blows nobody good and the public may be the gainer by the dissolution of a political partnership. Administration affairs have not been sailing along smoothly of late and its hold on the party is not as strong as it was. The machine is not in good con dition to enter the campaign that is soon to open. There is not only internal disturbance, but outside defection. Some of the heretofore faithful are mani festing an intention to disturb the member of Con gress, whose subserviency to the Mormon church ought to insure him a seat in the House of Repre sentatives as long as the alliance between Republi canism and Mormondom continues. The libel action instituted by the State Auditor against the Governor makes him a joint defendant with the Boise Statesman, the damage to character being placed at $50,000. The article that is held to be libelous was given out by the Governor in the form of an interview and published in The States man of the 2nd of January. It contains some action able phrases, though they would not ordinarily have disturbed the seasoned mind of the veteran politician. This is a controversy entirely within the party ma chine and it will break up old and successful al liances and "make enemies of coworkers in the pro ductive vineyard of party. The Law of the Mormon. The Deseret News is the medium through which the Mormon church conveys its instructions and commands to the members of the Mormon church. There are intermediaries between them and the voice of the Lord of Hosts. There are the presidency, the apostles, the elders. God talks directly with the head of the church and the divine conversation is handed down through the middle men until it is lodged in the columns of the organ of the church, where it is open to the perusal of the lesser Mor mons, who accept it as something inspired and offi cial. The old, cumbersome process of delivering these truths upon metal plates exhumed from some long forgotten cache and speaking in an unknown tongue, has given way to the conveniences of civilization and a line of speedy intercommunication is estab lished. Through a recent issue of the Deseret News, Elder Roberts, one of the anointed, explains the himself, saying: It is the president of the church that receives the revelations of God and announces the law to the church. That is the law-making power of the church ; there is no other. The people do not leg islate for the church. The voice of the people is not the voice of God. It is interesting to learn from a source so radiant that whatever the president of the church tend to have received from on high is the law—that he is the law-making power and "there is no other" law-making power. The existing preisdent of the church is the pos sessor of five wives and he recently stated under oath that in maintaining relations with his five wives he »as breaking the law of God and man but that he d,d not propose to abandon the pract.ce. The admitted law-breaker is the law-maker and to what ever laws he makes the followers of the doctrine must y*eld obedience. In an exposition on the doctrines and the gospel of the Mormon church, Orson Pratt, an early teacher process may pre and apostle, said, and the testimony in the Smoot asserts that what he said is still the teaching of the church : case The kingdom of God is an order of government established by divine authority. It is the only legal government that can exist in any part of the uni verse. All other governments are illegal and un authorized. God, having made all beings and worlds, lias the supreme right to govern them by His own laws and by officers of His own appointment. Any people attempting to govern themselves by laws of their own making, and by officers of their own ap pointment, are in direct rebellion against the king dom of God. Mr. Critchlow, the witness on the stand, being asked : Is that the teaching now of this churJi, as you understand," replied : It undoubtedly is, if the Senator please. It is a theocracy, a hierarchy, a government of priests, and the highest priests must necessarily govern, and that may be illustrated and enforced by almost every issue of the Deseret News, in which the sermons of their presidents and seventies, and so on, are published every week and have been for ten years past. That is true of current volumes and the vol umes of former years. The president of the church is the source of all law, the official organ of the church is the promul gator of all law. What is read in the Deseret News is more binding than anything that is read in the statute books of the United States or of any of the States in which Mormons abide. It has been clearly established through official i vestigations of various sorts that, in the opinion and practice of the Mormons, the commands that given to the public by the president of the church, through his intermediaries, are superior to any ut terance of law that may emanate from the governing authorities of the State or Nation. That is the point to keep in mind in considering the question of Mormonism, as it must be consid cied in those States where disloyalty to country has to be encountered in every political convention, at every polling place and in every legislative gathering. Mormonism is imposing it upon a considerable portion of the people and is trying to impose it on all the rest. m are It is doing this un-American and constitutional thing here under the folds of the flag of the republic and thousands of people loyal enough in the abstract permit it and assist in maintaining it, because some demagogue tells them they must'stand by the party. un "Invariably, if we would ask a Mormon whether he would obey the laws of the United States laws of the church, Smoot or the testified Ogden Hiles in the case, he would say that he would obey the laws of the church. As stated by Mr. Critchlow >csterday, in every case—or in most every case the judge would offer the defendant who was con victed (of unlawful cohabitation or polygamy) the clemency of the suspension of judgment if he would agree to obey the law. He would say, T choose to obey the law of God, rather than man-made laws. As though laws commanding human beings to in dulge in the illicit freedom of the beasts of the field were God-made laws because some self-created head of the Mormon combination had proclaimed them to )e that he might revel in the sin that destroys body and soul. . won< ^ er °f it is that loyal American citizens, believing in the supremacy of their own laws, Chris tian people of clean morals, will lend their votes and their support to such blasphemous doctrine, to so treasonable a propaganda. This is the system of law as it is expounded, pro claimed and exemplified by the Mormon church. Many of those who have been sustaining it do not understand it. Knowing it, they will be doubly cul pable if they continue to endorse it. For the calendar year just closed the receipts of the Postoffice Department show an increase of *15 000,000 over the receints of nr * * j " increase of $30,000,000 over the receipto^lOOs" The Postmaster General will ask for a larger appropria! tion for the next fiscal year ft? " p P ro P n * ability that hard times will 'out down the ineoMe