as author to their book than ,
his name. The change however was not much better. Asahel Howe one of ’s.
brothers who was said to be the likeliest of the family, served a prentice ship
in the work house in ,
for robbing the post office. And yet notwithstanding all this,
all the pious priests of all denomina tions, were found following in
the wake of these mortals.
the Howe’s, are
among the basest of mankind, and known to be such; and yet the
priests and their coadjutors hail them as their best friends, and publish
their lies, speaking of them in the highest terms. And after
all this, they want us to say, that they are pious souls and good saints.
Can we believe it? surely men of common sense will not ask us
to do it.
Good men loves to associate with good men; and bad men with
bad ones; and when we see men making friends with drunkards, thieves,
liars, and swindlers, shall we call them saints? If we were to do it,
we might be justly charged with “partaking of their evil deeds.”
Therefore until we have more evidence than we have now, we
shall always think when we see men associating with scoun drels,
that they themselves are scoundrels. And there we shall leave them
for the pres ent, firmly believing, that when the day of decision
has come, that we shall see all the priests who adhere to the sectarian
religions of the day, with all their followers, without one exception,
receive their portion with the devil and his angels.
CELEBRATION OF THE 4th OF JULY.
The order of the day for the 4th of July, as directed
by the committee of arrangements.
The committee of arrangements, which had been previously
chosen, to make arrange ments for the celebration of the 4th of July, and
laying the corner stones of the , reported the following which
was strictly ad hered to.
First that Presidents Joseph Smith Jr. be president of the day, vice
pres ident, and orator.
Second that ,
be marshal of the day, and Col. and Major ,
be assistant marshals.
Third that act
as Colonel for the day; ,
as Lieut. Colonel; as
Major, and as
Fourth that , , and ,
act as Generals, be fore whom, the military band shall pass in review.
Fifth that the procession commence form ing in the morning,
at 10 o’clock A. M. in the following order.
First the Infant[r]y in front.
Second the civil procession as follows:
1st the patriarchs of the Church.
2nd the President and , of the day.
3rd the Twelve.
4th the Presidents of the stake with the high Council.
5th the and Council.
6th the architects.
7th the ladies, and then the gentleman of the civil procession.
Then the Cavalry brought up the rear.
After the procession was formed, which was exceedingly large.
The whole marched to the notes of a small band of music under the
direction of ,
around the cellar which had been dug for the house. The ladies forming a circle immediately
a round the cellar, the gentleman, of the civil procession in
a circle next to the ladies. The infantry in a circle next, and the
cavalry out side.
After the whole procession was thus com pletely formed, prayer
was made by the pres ident of the day, and a tune played by the band,
and then, proceeded to lay the corner stones, as follows.
1 The south east corner was laid, by the presidents of the
by twelve men.
2 The south west corner, by the presidents of the Elders, assisted by twelve
3 The north west corner, by the bishop as sisted by twelve men.
4 The north east corner, by the president of the teachers,
assisted by twelve men.
After each stone was laid, the music play ed a tune.
When the ceremony of laying the stones was completed, the
ladies were formed in a circle, immediately, around the stand, where the
oration was to be delivered, and the whole procession formed around
them, as previous ly at the cellar of the house. The gentleman visitors
were invited to come to the stand.— After which the oration was
at the close of which, there was a shout of hosan na. A song was then sung by , composed by for
the oc casion.
The military band then marched from the stand, and the President,
, and of the day, attended with the visitors, marched
to the south side of the public square, and the troops under the command of
their officers chosen for the occasion, pass ed in review before them.
After which the whole procession was dismissed.
The whole ceremony of the day, was per formed without the
least disorder or confu sion, and the people, in the most perfect or der,
retired to their homes.
The Committee of arrangements, take this opportunity of tendering
their thanks, to the whole multitude who was in attendance, for their
good behavior on the occasion, and for the due respect which they paid
to the so lemnities of the scene.
For the Elders Journal.
A conference meeting of Elders, and members, of the church of Christ o[f] Latter Day Saints, was held in this place, this day, for the purpose of or ganziing this stake of Zion, calle[d] . The meeting con vened at 10 o’clock A. M. in the grov[e] near the house of elder [.] President Joseph Smith Jr. was calle[d] to the chair, who explained the objec[t] [p. 60]