as author to their book than
substituted 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.
and 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.
OF THE 4th OF
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
Smith Jr. be president of the day,
vice pres ident, and
, be marshal of
the day, and Col.
, be assistant marshals.
act as Colonel for the
day; , as Lieut. Colonel;
as Major, and as Adjutant.
Fourth that ,
, 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.
, 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
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 stake, assisted
by twelve men.
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
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 delivered, 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
, 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
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
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.
the Elders Journal.
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,
The meeting con vened at 10 o’clock A. M. in the grov[e] near the house of elder
Smith Jr. was calle[d] to the
chair, who explained the objec[t] [p. 60]