Clipped From The Daily Kansas Tribune
Delegate Hooper on the Mormon Ques tionA State Government Proposed. St. Louis, Nov. 4. Sp. cials from Wash ington say: Delegate Hooper, of Utah, who is here, states that he finds the people of the tuast a good deal more excited over the prosecution of the Mormons by a federal court than the Mormons themselves. J he latter, he says, have submitted quietly to the enforcement or the laws and intend to make naught but a legal resistance. The Mor mons churn that the Territorial laws under which these prosecutions are made cannot be applied to them, and the position tliat the j. o. district court ot Utah cannot be legally maintained by the federal authorities, especially as it is contrary to the practice in every Territory since their organization, and they confidently rely on the decision of the pending case in the U. S. supreme court, which covers all the principles involved, to sustain them against the course ot the federal authorities in Utah. Some of the gentiles in Utah propose to adjust the troubles by forming a State government with a constit i- tion legalizing polygamy so that there will be no suffering by wives and children, and to prohibit it after the State is admitted. Mr. Hooper is not prepared to say how the Mormons will accept such a proposition. He is authoiized, however, to present the petition of twenty-five hundred Mormon womrtf"sent to Mrs. President Grant, pray ing mat tneir domestic relations may not be c isturbed. It is not probable that any other appeal win oe made to the authorities here. except from the railroad and mining inter ests, who cry lustily lor peace. While the Presii ent is believed to be for eradicating polygamy with the bayonet, some members of the administration are said Jo.be averse to even the enforcement of the present policy.