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POLITICAL DUTIES OF THE HOUR.
danger. The orders sent to Col. Burton government mule left. As it was, upwere to this effect: watch the movements wards of one thousand five hundred head of the army closely, keeping between it of stock were taken away from them, and the immigrant and supply trains; if, and they were considerably annoyed by when Col. Van Vliet reports, the army night surprises, etc. still persists in its onward march toward It is here proper to remark that the the city, use every means in your power cattle, horses, and other stock taken to harass and hinder it by stampeding during the campaign were, on the constock, etc. Every effort was made to clusion of peace, returned to the officers at secure the uninterrupted progress of the Camp Floyd, for which act neither thanks season's immigration, and the freight nor compensation was ever rendered. trains, which were loaded with States Among the animals that fell into our goods that were almost indispensable. hands was a pet mule, owned by Col. The efforts were entirely successful, the Alexander; an old, white, gentle creature, army at no time overtaking the trains, the pride of the Colonel's household. which arrived in the valley safely. Governor Young was particularly re
There was no movement of the enemy quested to take harge of this distinfrom the time Col. Burton approached guished favorite, and accordingly had it them at Devil's Gate, on the Sweetwater sought out from the herd, stabled in a that our officers were not speedily ap reserved stall of his barn and fed on the prized of. Scouts and spies were with fat of the land. The attention bestowed them continually, examining their camps, upon it became the subject of diplomatic arms, equipments, etc., and reporting to correspondence between the commanheadquarters. Many and varied were dants of the opposing forces; yet, notthe adventures of these and of the small withstanding the enduring fame thus stampeding parties that were engaged in achieved and the tenderest care of exdriving off cattle. It may be said to perienced hostlers and veterinary surthe credit of the army that great precau geons, the poor prisoner succumbed to tions were taken to guard against such age and aggravated grief, at being ruthpa rties and to save the stock; had it not lessly torn from its associates and friends, been so, before reaching Ham's Fork and during the winter died, lamented they would not have had an ox, horse or by two armies.
POLITICAL DUTIES OF THE HOUR.
ALL our young men and women are and for the express purpose of underagreed that, as members of the Church, standing in detail, these important they should be well acquainted with its matters. This is called religious teaching, characteristics and peculiarities, its re and is meant for the acquisition of such quirements and demands, its laws and re salvation as inevitably grows out of or gulations, its organization and the powers springs from the practice of principles of all its officers, its penalties for unfaith which are eternal, and inseparably confulness and its blessings for integrity nected with real salvation. and devotion.
Yet this in the world is generally supIn order that this intelligent compre posed (erroneously no doubt) to be only hension of the whole may be obtained, of a spiritual character and pertaining to and made as near universal as possible, a future life; as if man did not need salall our settlements and wards have their vation in many other directions and in Sunday Schools, their Mutual Improve this life, as well and as much as herement Associations, and other organi- after. The fathers and mothers of the zations, providing opportunity for reading, youth of Utah have not cherished the investigation, reflection and exercises in narrow ideas of salvation which are enter
tained by the religious of mankind; their negligent themselves, their children are anxiety is and has been, for what the Gos sure to be so; unnaturalized, their chilpel calls"a fulland complete salvation,” a dren have grown up without comprehensalvation of the whole man,andall his parts sion of the powers and activities of citior sections of being, a salvation of “body, zenship in their adopted country; the naspirit and soul!" Hence the gathering, tive born having lost some power by schools, social arrangements, commer- migration, have become careless as to cial unity, "the word of wisdom,” subjec the remainder, hence numerically (and tion to municipal, county, territorial or numbers count) the people's party is not state organizations; each section with as strong as it might really otherwise many others, individually, yet in unison, be. . working out a “common salvation." Besides all this, there has been an And those who are satisfied to remain in ever-increasing opposition to that growth ignorance, or knowing, are yet content to of power which is so intimately blended be neutral or inactive in any given direc with our conceptions of unity; many are tion, cannot expect that special salvation jealous of our success, some are in love which comes from the understanding with our possessions, others with our'reand practical application of sectional sal sources, and many are opponents from vatory duty or obedience.
misrepresentation and many from preAs citizens of our common country, judice; then, as the people here are reindividual members of this republic, we ligionists, persuaded of a special mission, have certain duties, privileges, respon- professing to have the Gospel and Priestsibilities and rights, and each of these hood and to look for the kingdom of God, should be understood by every young believing also in revelation and the resman and every young woman of this Ter toration of all good in the dispensaritory; they should be subjects of reflec- tion of the fulness of time,” they have tion, of conversation, of debate and aroused the special ire of other religioncomments in our assemblies, for they are this element, jealous and unauthorintimately blended with our political sal- ized, seeing only “their craft in danger," vation. The powers of citzenship are seeks for legislative enactment to crush exercised in conventions, and at the bal- | the growing power; plural marriage lot-box, and sometimes in official action, being among the restored principles and the old proverb is true as ever, that of salvation, and standing as a heaven "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty;" established protest against the corrupwhere men or communities are careless tions of a false faith, and false assumpof the exercise of these powers, they may tions of inherent purity, is used as a be curtailed, withheld or entirely lost, lever to overthrow by legislation that more easily than they can be regained or which is invulnerable to argument, to restored after such loss. Probably in science and to scripture. the past there has not been as much The fathers and mothers of Israel, attention given this matter as its impor- who, in obedience to God, in the tance required or would have justified; practice of this principle, are to be disthere has been little or no opposition in franchised, are to be deprived of office, our midst; it has been said that men no matter how much sustained by those nominated were sure to be elected, and who, knowing them best, have most that one or two votes would make but confidence in them; and having made little difference any way, so trifling ex this country by their patience and incuses have allowed many to avoid or neg- dustry, are to cease all control of its lect an obligation just as sacred in its interests, and to be counted unworthy way as any so called religious duty. Many to participate in its rule. fathers and mothers have not sought to This crisis will have to be met, and encourage our young men and women this too by our young men and young (their sons and daughters) to either re women; they will have to vote, they flection or action in this direction; ! will have to hold office, they will have
to stand in the breach and work for
bars the way;
men with "everything that political salvation, of which their to gain and nothing to lose," see in parents are to be deprived, yet which revolution only a chance "to make a is both privilege and birthright, and raise;" lawyers without fees see in conwhich Constitution and
tinuous litigation a ruse to fill depleted made sacred, honorable and desirable, coffers; false scribes, political hawks for the present and all future time. and dead-beats look with envy on the
Now is a good opportunity; there never power of truth and the beauty of hard was a time when information and in earned homes, and all hell boils over in telligence were more needed on the topic madness at continued non-success; and of political salvation than now; every some of the so-called Saints think that alien should seek to become a citizen; God has forsaken His people and is every young man of age should prepare about to bring them into bondage, while himself to vote at once, and hold office unbelief and negligence makes victims should he be required; every young to shipwreck many once true and faithful woman who is or can be qualified should souls. In the young Elders, in the come in the spirit of devotion to right daughters of Zion, there is a large reserve and privilege, to the discomfiture of of power; let it be used intelligently, those who are plotting against common and the land that God gave the fathers interests, and seeking to jeopardize com when they fled from persecution, will mon rights and liberties; those who not be wrested from them in old age and are indifferent now will have cause to decrepitude; the consecrated powers of repent hereafter; opposition is not likely their posterity will bring political and to decrease, religious fanaticism is hardly local salvation, as their fathers in earlier likely to cease to fan the flame of per life brought the salvation of the Gospel secution; political partisans, bidding for to those who were in bondage, yea, in the suffrages of an excited people, are the very “valley and shadow of death!" not the ones to plead most heartily sor
H. W. Naisbitt. right; imported demagogues and adventu rers in our midst, are not of that class Self-respect is the early form in which who desire justice when self interest | greatness appears.-Emerson.
OSCAR WILDE. TO-DAY, as art in all its branches among us to elevate us to his height. A is making so firm an impression on the love of the beautiful, a display of good soil of the new world, there comes among taste in all things, an endeavor to cultius a genius of an unusual type. Eccen vate our minds that we may more readily tric as geniuses always are, Oscar Wilde appreciate whatever is lovely in nature stands out as one of the oddest among and art, these are the fundamental docthe few, compared with the masses, who trines of æstheticism. Taking Keats for separate themselves sufficiently from the his model, as Mr. Wilde tells us, he generality of people, to become known turned his attention to the revolutionizing to the world. Whence came he? To of poetry and painting, and in the capacspeak truthfully and in a commonplace ity of a laborer for this change he appears manner, he came originally from Dublin, before us to-day. is of a fine family, and his mother was a Having become tired of the life around very clever writer; to speak æsthetically, him, which was not an existence on the he very probably soared out of the com- beautiful, and as a refuge where his soul mon reality of life to the heaven of the could rest from the "vile traffic house" beautiful, and pitying the less favored of bustling England, where his sensitive ones below, he brings his principles ears would no longer be pierced by the
"ignorant cries” of its "rude people," or which are decidedly the best in his colthe shrieking whistle of its iron horse, the lection. His sonnet on “Easter Day” is poet turned his face toward “beautiful very beautiful. He seems to be perfectly Italia.” Here also his yearning spirit sincere in his belief in and respect for met with disappointment; for the Italia religion and the Deity; and for this, if of his dreams is hailed
for nothing else, we should esteem the
“Queen heart of the man. Only, because rich gold in every town is seen." A brief description of Oscar Wilde's Rich gold, for which, I am thinking, the personal appearance will not be out of spiritual Oscar is to-day occupying the place. “He is a tall, well built man," lecture stand and giving forth his soul says an eye witness at his first lecture fully soulful utterances.
in New York,"with long light hair, parted We, at length, find him in America in the middle, which curls slightly at the asking of her the completion of the move
ends. His features are all long and ment which himself and others have be narrow, yet, withal, his face is both good
He wears gun. “For you, at least, are young;" looking and smart-looking. says he, in his lecture on the English
a short black velvet cut away-coat, deep Renaissance, “no hungry generations white collar and cuffs, velvet knee-breechtread you down, and the past does not es, black silk stockings and low cut mock you with the ruins of a beauty, the slippers. His voice is pleasing and well scent of whose creation you have lost.” modulated; and he speaks very distinct"And what does America answer to this ly.” Did Mr. Wilde look at the vast eloquent appeal? She pays Mr. Wilde | improvements of to-day with a less scorna thousand dollars a night to hear him ful eye; did he not so thoroughly prize express his opinion on the hanging of a everything which is old and despise picture, the pattern of a carpet, the build- everything which is new; did he not ing of a house, the perfect loveliness of make such an oddity of himself in his a life. Many of her best families enter- dress and manner, I think that his doctain him, give dinners and receptions in trines would take deeper root and in time his honor; and most joyful of all to the produce better fruit, than it is possible heart of an earnest preacher, many of for them, under the present circumstanher children are becoming disciples of ces, to do. By the time that the ethereal his new doctrine.
gentleman reaches the Pacific slope, I do As a poet Mr. Wilde was first known not imagine he will have such an aversion to the public under the nom de plume to the noisy, rattling engine; but that, in “Postlethwaite;" and though his poems his heart, he will bless Mr. Stevenson have been much ridiculed as æsthetic for inventing the iron monster, which, in jargon, they nevertheless bear, here and its progress, has so ruthlessly cut up the there, strong impressions of talent. His green fields and “ye bonnie banks of “Ave Imperatrix,” relating to England's merrie England.” The journey will be glory in her possessions all over the long enough as it is. And as he retraces world, and sorrowing for the many noble his steps, or rather his ride, over the lives lost in obtaining that glory, is both many miles of land covered with nothing beautiful in sentiment and strong in con but sagebrush and sunflowers, think you struction. His poems savor less of the he will so highly prize the "gaudy leonine aesthetic than his lectures, and are, on the beauty." of the latter, considering it so whole, superior to the latter, judging from preciously lovely, so utterly utter, as the few lectures I have had the oppor before?
Talula Young. tunity of perusing. In the former he deals with much loftier subjects; he does Willing to wound and yet afraid to not go so much into detail, nor expatiate strike. at such length on insignificant topics as What men want is not talent, it is purin the latter. To do Mr. Wilde justice pose; not the power to achieve, but the we must glance at his religious poems, will to labor.-Bulwer.
AWAKENING OF SPRING.
AWAKENING OF SPRING, hen rosy plumelets tuft the larch, woods and fields, finds much pleasure, d rarely pipes the mounted thrush;
poetry if you will, in the first indications underneath the barren bush
of the bursting of the green leaf on the FL its by the sea-blue bird of March,"
bare bough. At this particular season The long, long winter is over, or in
of the year, the young hemlock is artison parlance, the first spring month tically beautiful, “lying almost flat upon is upcom 32 us, and though now and then the the ground,” like a heavy carpet, richer air is cold and raw, and the light fleecy in its designs than the most elaborate falls occasionally, beautifying the
patterns of the skillful manufacturer. lands Cape for a transitory moment, yet
There are many varieties of tree and we ca nnot but see that spring de facto is leafy shrub that are exceedingly beautiabout to pay us her annual visit. Soon ful when bursting into leaf, and each of we shall have the sprightly, coy, artless
these might form a separate subject. maiden, whom
we designate Spring, | The graceful long leaved willows that peeping out from
sunny nooks and fringe the brooklets on the river's edge; corners with her trailing garlands of although superstitiously suggestive of
gladsome, shining face, melancholy and traditional as funereal though now and then bedewed with in aspect and bearing, yet, in the poetic jell-eled teardrops, yet all the more beau- mind, are associated even “sweetly and riflal, with the pleasing contrast of sun
in-cheerfully;" for instance, Tennyson to sh I ne and shade; and anon, with positive the “Lady of Shallott:” as Surance of her real designs, she will "Willows whiten, aspens quiver, bua Ist forth in fairy-like beauty to gladden Little breezes dusk and shiver the universe. She is heralded with the Through the waves that run for ever, sweetest orchestra, to me, the most
By the island in the river finished music, surpassing the compos
Flowing down to Camelot." ition of the finest masters. The trilling
The simple word willow to and quavering of the forest birds, never poetry, musical and melodious. ceases to be wonderful to the lover of “Sing willow, willow, willow, nature. These songs of the birds, and Sing all a green willow, must be my garland." other evidences of springtime, convey Desdemona says: us more than the reality-there is something indefinable when we try to express
“My mother had a maid called Barbara; it in words, but of which we are quietly
She was in love; and he she loved proved mad conscious within--for want of a better
And did forsake her; she had a song of willow; term, the world declares it poetical sen
An old thing 'twas, but it expressed her fortune, timent, and as such I accept it; knowing
And she died singing it." no more than the rest of man kind how
These little snatches of quaint songs, to define it.
perpetuate the tradition, and it may be It is an inexpressible charm of sense that poets love to be melancholy or are and sound, an exhilaration imparted to imbued with a tinge of sadness which the soul, by the sympathy of many renders them happier. Is this paradoxiunseen forces, and by the languid soften cal? This sentiment is one of the things ing of the air, lengthening of the days, of which words do not convey the whole and the thousand beautiful things that meaning make their appearance in such a marvel The reed is another of these sad and ous manner, through an unseen effort of musical plants, and by its long peculiar our mother earth, so joyful when these leaves is said to suggest the idea of inanimate beings spring to life, that the inditing, which endears it all the more effect of this renewal is everywhere ap
to the heart of the poet. At this season parent, although varying in its intensity of the year, the reeds are a pale, exOne in intimate association with the l quisitely tasteful yellow, and as the soft,