Mountain Meadow massacre, and the alleged murders by Rockwell
and his Danite band, the Red
and White Indians
have been very closely mixed.
Four or five commissions have sat on the Mountain
Meadow massacre, yet no one can say whether Kanosh, the Ute chief, or Colonel Dame
, the Mormon
bishop, was the man most to blame.
All witnesses in the case describe the slayers as “Indians
,” or as “painted like Indians
,” or as “ dressed like Indians
Kanosh was a Mormon elder; and there is something of the Ute in Colonel Dame
Nine years ago I wrote of these saints:
“ Hints for their system of government may have been found nearer home than Hauran
, in less respectable quarters than the Bible
; the Shoshone wigwam could have supplied the Saints with a nearer model of a plural household than the patriarch's tent. . . . The saints go much beyond Abram; and I for one am inclined to think that they have found their type of domestic life in the Indian
wigwam rather than in the patriarch's tent.
Like the Ute, a Mormon may have as many wives as he can feed, like the Mandan he may marry ”