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to the Spirit and necessities of the work our people to treat dignitaries with great of God, and excommunicated Alvord, respect, at all times when they afford at once, for his presumption and wicked an opportunity. In most cases, how

That was the beginning, the ever, the federal officers sent to us extent and end of “Danites,” except as have taken pains, in the commencement the enemies of our people have mouthed of their labors here, to stigmatize the the word as a sweet morsel under their people and put it beyond their power to tongue, thus preserving the name from accord those courtesies, which would be the oblivion of the nearest thing that it spontaneously given, if there were the ever came to mean, “which died ere it | least encouragement assured that they had yet begun to live.”

would be received by the officers with Thirdly. The falsehood contained any degree of consideration. in this charge is a repetition and enlarge. pears to us, of late years particularly, ment of the one before. As to produc- that many Federal officers have the ing names of parties composing the idea that they are sent here not to bene"treasonable organization,” the fact that fit the people but to menace them and this was never done, considering the maintain a stiff, unapproachable attitude disposition there was to do it, is con of superiority. The whole dignity of the vincing evidence of the Judge's inalility Republican government, one would to fulfil that promise.

think, had to be sedulously maintained Fourthly. The following from the by their careful avoidance of any conaffidavit of Mr. Curtis E. Bolton, Deputy tact with the great body of the people. Clerk of the Supreme Court of Utah, No community, that we have heard of, directly disproves the assertions of the ever had so much "greatness thrust upon fourth charge; one which had quite as them” as we have, in this respect. much weight as any, if not more, and Sixthly. The annual enthusiastic was assuredly as well founded: “I do celebrations of the Nation's anniversary solemnly declare this assertion (fourth gives the lie to this charge. If the charge), is without the slightest founda chief executives were slandered and tion in truth. The records, papers, etc., abused, how is it that several counties of the Supreme Court in this Territory, of the Territory were named after them, together with all decisions and docu and the capital city, also, for several ments of every kind belonging thereto, years bore the name of President Fillfrom Monday, September 22, 1851, at

That the acts of the various adwhich time said court was first organ ministrations were criticised by the ized, up to this present moment are all “Mormons” it is not necessary to deny; safe and complete in my custody, and not but that is one of the chief prerogaone of them missing, nor have they ever tives of American citizens, and is no been disturbed by any person.”

where exercised with less license than in Fifthly. That Drummond might justly Utah. have been “insulted, harrassed and These are the famous charges of Judge annoyed,” derided and hated for his Drummond, briefly shown up for what criminal connections with his picked-up they were worth; but the value put upon harlot, we do not feel disposed to doubt. them, in 1857, when public opinion was But that he or any respectable man, at fever heat against the people of Utah, occupying a federal position was thus can scarcely be realized by those not actreated by the 'Mormons' is false. Chief quainted with the facts. These slandJustice L. H. Reed, and his successor erous charges, vain, absurd and trilling J. T. Kinney, both testified in the high as they are, produced a commotion in est terms of praise to the cordial re the land that will always be remembered ception they met, and kind treatment as most unwarranted and childish, be. received among the 'Mormon' people. sides expensive, costing the Government Many officers since those times bear more than forty millions of dollars. witness to this. It is characteristic of

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A CONSECRATED LIFE.

ADDRESSED TO APOSTLE ORSON PRATT, ON ATTAINING HIS SEVENTIETH YEAR, SEPT. 19, 1881,

"How was he honored in the midst of the people, in his coming out of the Sanctuary!"
"He was as the morning stir in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon at the full;"

'. As the sun shining upon the temple of the most High, and as the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds"-ECCLESIASTICUS.

There are thoughts the heart doth cherish, thoughts that never, never perish,

They are those that backward reach to a life enjoyed before;
Ere we came to taste of sorrow, or to hope the coming morrow

Would he beautiful and better, as its morning we implore.
Yes, our infant life in glory, had its thrilling, stirring story,

Could we read it as 'tis written in the records kept on high;
Days of joy as yet unuttered, though its alphabet is muttered,

In the primaries of earth-life, when unclouded is the sky!
Know we ought of Father, Mother; think we e'er of Sister, Brother?

Yet we had these in our first home, as we have them here to-day,
There we had our friends to greet us, they too had their times to meet us,

In the social circles moving, in the good times far away!
There were those amid the splendor of that home who failed to render

"That devotion to the rule of right which knowledge would imply;
There were those whose rapt existence best curtailed the mighty distance,

Between spirits undeveloped, and "the Majesty on High."
These were true and faithful ever, yet their agency was never

Crowded to a wished perfection in the realms of life above;
They were valiant once in contest, true when haughty rebels pressed

Their tempting claims on that vast host of spirits, aiding thus to prove!
'Twas because these stood the trial there will ne'er be found denial

of their valor, or their title to the blessings held in store; “They shall rule in my dominions, on ever soaring pinions,

Higher, wider shall their range be, through the future, evermore"
"They shall bear in dispensations, unto earth and all its nations,

Words of peace and life eternal to my children in the flesh;"
"There reveal those truths which ever, bind as one that naught can sever,

Those who in each probation shall due obedience learn afresh!"
This the oath, the promise spoken; and the word of God unbroken,

Will endure although the heavens as a scroll may pass away;
In the archives grand, eternal, in the libraries supernal,

In "the books" 'tis surely written, amid the blaze of heaven's day!
Oh! in looking down the ages, what a line of Prophets, Sages,

Since our Father Adam stood at first, in Paradise-a Man;
Illustrious, God-appointed, hy His spirit moved, anointed,

To expound, enforce, and work upon true redemption's sacred plan!
There were Seth and Enoch, Moses, Abraham, David; who supposes

That the names of all are blazoned in the records we have now?
That grand Isaiah and fellow Seers, whom sacred history reveres,

Were all who in the ages labored, or prophetic seed did sow!
Names but lost to view (just hidden), names the future will unbidden

Unveil from records hoarded, mighty deeds, their words of fire;
The world shall know their graphic story, their life, their death and glory,

And all their faith, example, triumph, shall God's Israel yet inspire !

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A CONSECRATED LIFE.

What a wondrous revelation, the meridian dispensation,

Did to many a skeptic's faithless heart in Palestine display,
When the Savior taught with power, and with miracle did dower,

The truth, in simple earnest lesson, as He taught men by the way.
By learned Scribe and Pharisee, He was jostled, forced to flee,

Persecution was upon Him, and it fell upon His friends,
Priests left no likely stone unturned, no coward lie by them was spurned

"Till Calvary's cross filled up their damned and deep designing ends !
The humble, mighty men He left, endured and were of all bereft,

Apostles were the shining mark, objects of intense hate,
They passed from dungeon, and through fire, to the glory which is higher

Life exultant, through heaven's widely open gold and pearly gate!
So in this greatest latter time, in this most highly favored clime,

In this anciently appointed home of liberty-the best;
The precious truths of old renewed, sees wicked men with hands imbrued

In blood which, unatoned, in Carthage stains the mighty, mighty West !
There the Prophet God most surely sent, the leader, He in mercy lent,

Was sore smitten as the Prophets were, in ages long ago!
His warning words will stand for e'er, and his true calling shall declare,

From all the tropic's heat and verdure, past the line of polar snow!
Nor will His work attract decay, 'twill greater grow from day to day,

It shall sweep around the earth, and "from the rivers to the sea,"
Its success is God decreed, from every martyr's blood the seed

Shall fertilize uncounted hearts of men who are, and yet shall he!
Those brave ones whom His work inspired, those men whose inmost hearts were fired

With love, the spirit of the Gospel, permeated by its light,
Who bravely patient stood the test, and clung the more with honest zest,

To full conversion of the heart and life, by knowledge of the right;
By all the world may be despised, by their disciples much are prized,

For their labor mid 'the nations in the ever, ever past;
For the welcome truths they brought, that came as gold which long was sought,

Then queried simply as a dream, too good, and far too bright to last !
'Twas far away on Europe's shore, where dashing breakers ever roar,

Round that island, set an emerald amid the surging sea,
Was heard a strangely moving voice, which made the very heart rejoice,

As if 'twere memory's repetition of words once heard before !
A faithful man, devoted, true, pressed home the message, old yet new,

Declaring, unappalled by fear, all the counsel of his God.
And whether men approved or no, the Gospel trump did loudly blow,

Sure 'twas no uncertain sound from him was heard on England's sod.
The flying years have sped since then, yet well the heart remembers when

And where the message sweetly came, and it first on earth was heard,
O! memory gladly garners now, both feeling then, and solemn vow,

The good thoughts that enraptured, and the startled hosom stirred !
Increasing age creeps on apace, and the champion of the race,

The mighty man, as a Priest ordained, a missionary then,
Adown life's rugged sunset slopes, still bears his early pristine hopes,

Unshrinking yet doth testify, with voice inspired, and ready pen!
Our deep and earnest thoughts we give, that he our teacher long may live,

Though all of threescore years and ten so swift have passed away;
O! if 'tis now Thy blessed will, Thine aged servant give us still,

To point 'mid superstition's darkness of the path to endless day!

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"Whene'er this mortal life shall fail, may pure devotion's incense trail,

And all about his pathway gather for the good that he has done;" "Until in realms immortal, he shall enjoy the well earned total

Of the blessings promised to him, 'neath thine heaven's unclouded sun !"
“Yet, if thou hast willed removal, we would how in sad approval,

For our vision hath its limits, so we know not what is best;
Thou dwellest in the undimned light, hence all thy ways are just and right;

We walk hy faith and not by sight 'mid earth's implied unrest!"
"Let Israel's hearty voice be heard, fervent prayers in ringing word,

Incline thine august ear to attend their cries, in numbers vast;":
“Bless thou each tried and faithful one, forget, we pray our Father, none,

And bid each future rolling year in good outstrip the treasured past !"
Reordained for Priesthood's order, and enrolled by the recorder;

Set among His favored chosen ones, 'cause of worthiness above,
In the past as nobles counted, they had trials well surmounted,

'Twas the impulse of their spirit, and their duty was of love!
Thus they came to earth selected, not because themselves elected,

That as messengers of Jesus they in latter times should tell,
The full purpose of the Father, and that His designs were rather

That his children should obedient be and ever with Him dwell!
They have bravely filled their mission, and a few have had permission

To return to Father's presence in His mansions of the sky,
And a few are yet remaining, without murmur, uncomplaining,

Waiting for the welcome summons which is coming “hy and bye!"
Then what shouts of welcome greeting will be heard at that glad meeting,

As they clasp their old companions 'mid the temples built of old.
Where the spires of glory glisten, as the Saints forget to listen,

For they join the anthems pealing through the arches made of gold!
" 'Mid the Prophets, Seers and Martyrs may we drink the living waters

Flowing from the throne eternal as a limpid living stream;
O! a corner e'er so humble, when old earth begins to crumble

Would repay for any sacrifice, and this "life's fitful dream!"
There all the faithful shall have peace, there enjoy that full increase,

Which springs from both probations filled, with honor well approved;
The angels shall in bliss look on, for exaltation fairly won,

And sweep their harps in joyous strains of music which hath ever moved !
As Kings and Priests to God at last, and blessed with an experience vast,

They'll climb that lofty station, which is rule and power divine;
And not as sons of God, alone-they in their own right have a throne,
As Gods in light and majesty eternally to shine!

Henry W. Naisbitt.

ACTS OF LOVE.-Each one of a thousand acts of love costs very little by itself, and yet, when viewed all together, who can estimate their value? What is it that secures for one the name of a kind neighbor? Not the doing of half a dozen great favors in as many years, but the little everyday kindnesses none of which seems of much consequence considered in itself, but the continued repe

tition of which sheds a sunlight over the whole neighborhood. These little kindnesses that come from a loving heart are the sunbeams that lighten up a dark and woeful world.

Character must stand behind and back up everything--the sermon, the poem, the picture, the play. None of them is worth a straw without it.

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THE CONTRIBUTOR.

observed on his return home, that his

system had received a fearful shock, A MONTHLY MAGAZIVE. and we believe that he never completely

recovered from it. The following adJUNIUS F. WELLS,

mirable epitome of his laborious career EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.

appeared in the Deseret News, and briefly narrates the principal events of

Brother Pratt's life: Two Dollars a Year, In Advance.

Orson Pratt was born in Hartford, Single Copy, Twenty Cents. Washington County, New York, September 19, 1811,and was the son of Jared

His SALT LAKE City, NOVEMBER, 1881.

and Charity (Dickinson) Pratt.
father was a descendant of William

Pratt, who, with his brother John, came
ORSON PRATT.

to this country from England with the The Gatherer of life's harvest has Pilgrim Fathers, and afterwards located been busy this year, reaping indiscrim- at Hartford, Connecticut, in June, 1636, inately, it would seem, the young and ten. having, as supposed, accompanied Rev. der plant, just budding into bloom, and Thos. Hooker and others of his congre. the full, ripe shock, weighed down with

gation from Newton, now called Camfruit and ready for the garner. Of the bridge, Massachusetts, to settle at Hartlatter, a bounteous harvest has been ford. William Pratt was a member of gathered home. Many of the veteran the Connecticut legislature during some fathers, whose familiar forms have twenty-five or thirty sessions, and was long been cherished as strong pil one of the Judges of the first court in lars of the Church, have been called New London county. away, and with the departure of each, the During Orson Pratt's boyhood, the reflection is forced upon us that their family removed to New Lebanon, in numbers are fast diminishing. It will | Columbia county, where he attended not be long before a Saint of Kirtland school until 1825, acquiring a common days, of Nauvoo times, even, will be school education, and becoming familiar rarely met. Already we have to mourn with arithmetic and book-keeping. He the absence of the last faithful member also studied the Bible. From the time of the original quorum of Apostles. he was eleven years old, he worked at How many other quorums are completely farming at different places, attending eliminated of their original members, we school in the winter. Going to Lorain cannot say, but fifty years added to the County, Ohio, in the fall of 1827, in youngest of those, who first composed the fall of 1828 he performed a journey of them, brings them nearly to the shadow nearly seven hundred miles to Connectiof the valley of death.

cut, went thence to Long Island, and in On the morning of October 3d, 1881, the winter of 1829-30 studied geography, the venerable and illustrious Apostle, grammar and surveying at a boarding Orson Pratt, died, at his residence in academy. the 19th ward. He had been an invalid In September, 1830, his brother, Parley for over a year, and his grand, strong, P. Pratt, who had embraced the Gospel almost iron constitution had been broken taught by Joseph Smith the Prophet, for upwards of two years, in fact from came with another Elder to the place the time that he performed his last mis- where Orson was residing, who received sion to England, in the interest of the their testimony and was baptized SepChurch publications. It is said that he tember 19, 1830, his birthday, being then worked there, in preparing the plates for nineteen years old. In the following the new editions of the Book of Mor month he traveled two hundred miles to mon and Doctrine and Covenants, from see the Prophet Joseph, in Fayette, ten to fourteen hours per day. It was Seneca County, New York. On the 4th

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