The Mormon problem, the Nation's dilemma : New data, new method, involving leading questions of the day
New Haven, Conn.
Hoggson & Robinson
The Mormon problem is related to some of the deeper problems of civilization, as well as to questions of the greatest practical moment; while it also offers some of the finest, truest lessons, in. The ethics of reform. But we have lived virtually under a reign of terror as regards this question. There are few persons who cannot tell how the Mormons should be dealt with, but not one in ten thousand has taken any pains to get at the truth; while the silence of a large class accustomed to think for them selves is one of the strangest features of the controversy. Nothing will prove truer than that Mormonism is providential in being the means of emphasizing reforms which the conceit or lethargy of an age is wont to leave to chance or fate. It is time this anti-mormon crusade were at an end, and a reform inaugurated whose life is the music of principle. The course hitherto pursued toward Utah, even though it were to end in the suppression of polygamy, must partake more of the nature of defeat than of victory. The future must reveal the lack of principle or wisdom in that legislation which betrays no consciousness of the fact, that the difficulties of this Mormon problem are closely allied to questions with which we are confronted outside of Utah. [Excerpt]