and Shoshone Falls.
To-day these tribes have not a single acre of their ancient hunting grounds.
Many of these Indians are Red Mormons.
Every Indian tribe, among whose tents the Mormon
preachers have come, are more or less inclined to favour them, but many of these Utes and Shoshones have been actually baptized into the Mormon Church.
Red bishops have been consecrated for the government of these mountain tribes.
Nine years ago, while staying in Salt Lake City
, studying the system introduced among men of European
stock by Joseph Smith
and Brigham Young
, I wrote these words:
“ What have ,these saints achieved?
In the midst of a free people, they have founded a despotic power.
In a land which repudiates State religions, they have placed their Church above human laws.
Among a society of Anglo-Saxons they have introduced some of the ideas, many of the practices of Utes, Shoshones, or Snakes.”
A wider view of Indian life confirms my first belief that “some of the ideas” and “many of the practices,” found among the Mormons living at Salt Lake city
, are a growth of the soil, older than the