This doctrine led to the Mormon
expulsion from Ohio
, and was the cause of Joseph Smith
's assassination in Carthage Jail.
A suspicion that this doctrine of Retaliation animates Brigham Young
, involves him in some degree of responsibility for the Mountain
Meadow Massacre, for the murders of Brassfield and Robinson
, and for many other misdeeds of Rockwell
and the Danite band.
This doctrine of Retaliation-eye for eye, tooth for tooth, blood for blood — is not only foreign, but abhorrent to the Anglo-Saxon
All hunting tribes know the principle, and retain the practice.
It is common to Sioux
, Apaches, Kickapoos, and Kiowas.
It is also common to Bedouins, Tartars, and Turkomans.
In every savage tribe, Blood-Vengeance is a necessary act, and the Blood Avenger
is regarded as a hero in his tribe.
A Pai-TJte who scalps a Shoshone in revenge becomes a chief; a Salhaan who kills an Adouan in revenge becomes a sheikh.
Revenge, according to these savage codes, ennobles the shedder of blood.
In a Corsican village, the man who has last drawn blood in a great vendetta, struts about in cap and feathers, envied by every village swain, adored by every