Clipped From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
I The Triumph of One - Wife morality. The sentence of the Mormon Hawkins to fine and imprisonment at hard labor, the in - dictmont of Brigham Young for polygamic practices, and the certain conviction and punishment of other Saints for like crimes, the charge of murdor against the Mormon President and certain of his tools, the arrest of the latter and the flight of the former these are among the facts which foreshadow the breaking up of the abomination which has long hung upon the border of tho nation. Young has gone South and it is safe to assume that he will not return. Doubtless some of the leaders of the faithful are already following him, and, the cohesive force of the community thus loosened, Utah will rapidly pass into the civilized condition of other American territories. The details of tho transformation scene now disclosing on the shore of the Salt Lake to a continent of spectators of course can only be conjectured. One theory is that the Mormon society will go to pieces ; that its members will remain where they are, and, abandoning the offensive distinctive features of their sect, become good citizens. Another theory is that the Mormon Society will emigrate in a body and establish a new colony in an unoccupied section or on an island in some remote ocean. Those who regard as insurmountable the difficulties obstructing such an emigration forget the indomitable patience and energy developed by the Saints in seeking and settling Utah. They were then poor : they are now rich. Then they wore compelled to mako their toilsome way by painful marches through a solitude to their desert home : now they may avail themselves of all the facilities money can purchase. Whatever becomes of the Mormons as individuals, whether they stay or go, whether the powerful arguments of material interest persuade them from their polygamic faith, or as an aggregate martyr to their convictions they relinquish the worldly possessions in Utah and follow their Prophet on a now pil grimage, the substantial and satisfactory result is the same the Mormon institution is practically overthrown. One - wife morality has triumphed. Such a conclusion was inevitable from the outset, and thomostsagaciousstates - nien and wisest social philosophers regarded it as simply a question of time. The Mormons are not pagans or barbarians. With a single exception their creed and practice would hardly incur more criticism than the creed and practice of sects which flourish freely in the heart of Christendom. That exception, polygamy, is a relic of the older Oriental civilization, which, when it comes in contact with the later Occidental civilization, must yield. So long as the polygamists wore a distant and separate community, shut out from and not colliding with Christian society, they were safe. No government representing Christian civilization would make war for the purpose of forcing mo - nogomy on them, any more than it would make war on an Oriental people to reform their manners and customs. The less violent process of political and social influences were relied on to wipe out the polygamic reproach. And those processes are effectual. The Occidental civilization, no longer creeping, has approached, with the leaps of the locomotive and tho magnetic wire, the wilderness in which the Saints had sot up their tabernacle, and tho tabernacle falls before it. This triumph of one - wife morality is an emphatic judgment of public opinion on all attempts, whether candid aud gross like that of tho Mormons, or specious and semi - sentimental like that of tho Free Lovers, to sap tho foundation of society the foundation which rests on the purity of tho domestic institution, the sacredness and unity of the family. It would be well if the Woodhulls and thoir callow male associates should emulate the examplo of Brigham Young and his Saints and go into exile with their familiar spirits and loose and lunatic followers. Froo Love - ism is less respectable than Mormonism, because your Mormon, although he claims the right to take another wifo when ho tires of the first, at least maintains the original in equal comfort and dignity, while your Free Lover abandons the first wife outright when his fancy fastens on a new subject. But eaoh is alike hostile to one - wife morality, and one - wifo morality is the law of our Occidental Christian civilization.