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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 20: White Indians. (search)
shones let them cut down timber, that the Utes assisted them to bring water from the mountain creeks? For good and ill, the hunters and the saints live as neighbours and brethren; leaning on each other for support against a common foe. Utes and Shoshones have been baptised. Others are content with living on Mormon principles. Not a few Mormon missionaries have taken squaws into their tents. In certain deeds of violence, such as the 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
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 23: Communism. (search)
e which springs directly from the patriarchal system, and which was borrowed by Joseph Smith from his sacred brethren, the Lamanites. This doctrine led to the Mormon expulsion from Ohio and Missouri, 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 mind. 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 re