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Insurrection Among the Mormons in Utah.

The following important news is contained in a telegraphic dispatch dated Great Salt Lake City, June 16th:

‘ A band of persons, numbering about one thousand men, women, and children, under the leadership of one Morris, who claimed to be the "Prophet Moses, reappeared on earth," formed a settlement thirty miles north of this city, and committed numerous depredations on citizens in the vicinity. They refused to labor for their support, believing that the Lord would supply their wants. Three of their number, disgusted with the imposition, attempted to leave, but were arrested and placed in confinement, and heavily ironed.

A writ of habeas corpus was issued by Chief Justice Kinly, which was treated with contempt. --A sufficient time having elapsed for producing the prisoners, a second writ, together with an order for the arrest of Morris for contempt, and for the arrest of the leaders of the gang for false imprisonment, was issued. For the execution of this a posse of 250 infantry and artillery was ordered out on the 11th by Acting Governor Fuller. Morris and his men were strongly entrenched and thoroughly armed.

Fighting ensued. Two of the Marshal's posse were killed. On the 15th the rebel pretended to surrender, but resisted anew as soon as our attacking party approached. In a hand-to-hand fight Morris was killed and another leader mortally wounded. The rebels were then overcome.

Several women and children were killed during the siege, the Morrisitea refusing to remove them to a place of safety. The prisoners captured number one hundred and forty-seven, and will be brought to Court to-morrow.

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