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The Church sees to it that these various bodies contain a Mormon majority, and where Gentiles are a majority of the population the Mormon leaders have no difficulty its keeping them divided with the bribery of office, or by a power they frequently exert over business men to injure or exalt their business. This belief in the divinity of the hierarchy is at the bottom of all the trouble that Mormonism has produced and is still producing, and so long as such belief exists an American system of government and politics is impossible. Every true Mormon carries a dual nature—is now Doctor Jekyll and now Mr. Hyde. He is loyal to the American system so long as it does not conflict with the interpreted version of the Mormon religion, and is the tool of whatever policy his religious chiefs choose to inspire. But the aim and the end of it is the avarice of wealth and of power. Every pledge made by the hierarchy that political interference should cease was made with a mental reservation in order that the American people would grant the autonomy of Statehood—reservations that were boldly disclaimed by some of their most influential leaders the instant that Statehood was acquired. The Auditor of State, in 2898, who mistook me for a Mormon because an order for a warrant was signed by a Mormon official, said to me: " Now that we have Statehood we Mormons will take the offices from the Gentiles and run things to suit ourselves." It was not prophecy, but conspiracy. A few months later the President of the Utah Senate told me: " We (Mormons) intend to take control of every political function in the State, from the highest to the lowest." When I reminded him that such a repudiation of the pledges to the Congress and the American people might result in the gift being recalled, he replied that the Constitution would prevent any interference. Two years ago I called upon a certain Mormon bishop with reference to some political business, and the Senatorial canvass of Reed Smoot was mentioned. I suggested that perhaps the gentleman would resign his apostolic office before entering a contest for so exalted a position, in the face of the strained political conditions of Utah and the pledges the Mormon chiefs had made to the nation. The bishop replied that he could see no reason its such a course; that nearly every Mormon held some churchly office, and that himself and other officials had remained out of politics long enough, and intended to take a hand forthwith. He not only " took a hand," but became " the whole thing." He formed an alliance with a few Gentiles—enough to make control of the district sure—and this combination has forestalled every primary since with caucus nominations. The primaries have become a series of ratification meetings. The process is simple—the bishop votes all the Mormons and his Gentile allies all the Gentiles. The refrain in the primaries is: " What are we here for? " This district is a reflex of every other, and wisest the game is of national importance—as the " fixing " of the Legislature and the higher offices of the State—the voting is done by the Prophet and his councilors, or by some delegate he may appoint. As stated above, it is not the power of office as office so much as the power of control that is the inspiration of the Church policy. The principal use of this power is to coerce the young men into complete subordination to the hierarchy. There is but one gate through which ambition may reach its reward, and that is the Church door. There is a heavy undercurrent of discontent among the younger Mormons its the cities, where superior educational advantages and contact with the Gentile element have shown them the anomalies of the system, and, in some measure at least, rendered them independent of the Church in their livings; and the Church authorities have not been slow to perceive that this spirit might spread throughout the entire population and undermine the whole system. To prevent this they have therefore woven a web of environment, social, political and commercial, very difficult to break. Expressions as to the present crisis are, where given, furtive, and are vouchsafed only after long acquaintance, as if in fear that if they reached certain quarters evil would result. Several Mormons, however, have told me that they hoped Smoot would be unseated, and two have recently expressed a wish that the country would interfere to destroy the power of the hierarchy over the lives and livings of the masses upon whom it feeds. If the purely religious side of the problem were the principal factor the troubles that affect Utah would long since have disappeared. The hierarchical octopus throws a tentacle around the victim at birth, and never relinquishes its grasp. More than half of the Mormon men hold some churchly office, so that scarcely a household of any size exists that does not contain some agent of the priesthood. The duties of such subordinates are perfunctory in so far as any priestly power is concerned. They are like the noncommissioned officers in an army—useful its conveying the commands of the hierarchy to the laity, and its returning intelligence to it. The Mormon leaders perfectly understand the let-alone policy in a population so self-contained as this, but their victim always finds himself held in contumely by his neighbors, and even by members of his own family. His business, or means of livelihood, is met with a very intangible but effective boycott; and to be placed without the pale of his Church is nearly as serious a matter its 1905 as excommunication was to the Catholic apostate of 5500. Conversely, the layman's chances of promotion to the higher offices of the Church, or its the direction of political or commercial ambition, is directly in the proportion to the zeal and ability lie may display its the advancement of his religion, the central pivot of which is tithing on its temporal side, and fatuous belief in the divinity of the inspirations of his spiritual chiefs on the religious side. This structure is a unit, taken either way. It was to enforce this discipline that Apostle Moses Thatcher was unchurched and defeated in his canvass for the Senate in h year when his party had an overwhelming majority, and that B. H. Roberts was compelled to relinquish a canvass for the House of Representatives, which he had based upon purely political grounds and methods. And it was to illustrate the reward for zeal and obedience that Reed Smoot has been permitted to exercise the entire political influence of the Church and absorb the political power of the State. How much the hierarchical chiefs themselves believe in the mummery they foist upon their people is, of course, hypothetical. Perhaps the mental intensiveness of striving always to be oracular may its time transform the devotee into a real oracle. At least it was with oracular indefiniteness that Joseph Smith answered Senator Burrows a few weeks ago—that while " the suspension of the practice of polygamy was the result of a revelation, and it would require another revelation to put it in force, the revelation would not act unless the people should receive it. Nothing is forced upon the Mormon people." If he had added, " Except belief in the divinity of toy revelation," he would have stated the fact, and not evaded it. But has plural marriage really been abandoned? Cases of it are continually reported; but the proof is difficult, especially when both parties to the contract are unwilling to admit a Mormon marriage. Yet polygamous living is very contusion, and while several years ago it was carried on with a sort of decent obscurity, it is now openly flaunted, and there is not a neighborhood that does not have several cases more or less offensive. The Mormon leaders are very indifferent regarding the action Congress may take in alleviating the condition by any power it may exert under the Constitution. Their hold upon their people is supreme, and its results are too profitable for them to be deterred by any process that would take from them the political power for which, of itself, they care but little. Nothing that does not strike at tithing, which is the root of the question, or, what is the same thing, does not relieve the Mormon people from the underground tyranny by which it is exacted, will relieve the situation. It was the escheat of Church property and the imprisonment of the Church leaders for their polygamous relations that caused President Woodruff to get his famous revelation suspending the practice. 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